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Syria Mosque, recently built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, as a "mystical" shrine for the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (aka the Shriners), is dedicated. It will become internationally known as a venue for music concerts featuring top rock, pop, soul, jazz and blues artists until its demolition in 1991. The Mosque is also considered to have been the birthplace of network television.
A devastating 140mph hurricane hits The Bahamas. It will go down in local legend as The Great Andros Island Hurricane, and will be immortalised in the song Run Come See Jerusalem, written by Bahamian calypso singer Blind Blake.
Alfred W. Cleveland, who will become a staff lyric writer at Motown Records, is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He will contribute lyrics to such hits as I Second That Emotion>/a> and What's Going On.
Steven Demetre Georgiou is born in Marylebone, London, England, UK. He will find success as pop, rock and folk rock singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, but will convert to Islam in 1977 and change his name to Yusuf Islam.
Country and gospel singer Barbara Fairchild is born in Knobel, Arkansas, USA.
Eddy Arnold records Behind the Clouds, Precious Little Baby, Kentucky Waltz and other tracks for RCA Records at RCA Victor Studio 1, 155 East 24th Street, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Jimmy Osborne records It's Just A Habit With You, I Hate To Be Jealous, The Arm Of God, God Has Taken My Flower and other tracks in King Records Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Jim Eanes And His Shenandoah Valley Boys record I Cried Again, They Locked God Outside The Iron Curtain and I'd Love To Be Your Darlin', for Decca Records in Castle Studio, The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Bob Zimmerman, one day to become Bob Dylan, moves into a Jewish fraternity house, Sigma Alpha Mu, at the University Of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Robert Sweet, drummer of Christian heavy metal band Stryper, is born in Lynwood, California, USA.
Gene McDaniels enters the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA with 100 Pounds Of Clay, which will peak at No3.
Pat Boone starts a ten day tour of South Africa.
Bukka White records Alabama Blues and Jesus Died On The Cross To Save The World, for Fontana Records, in Berkeley, California, USA.
Tennessee Ernie Ford records Ivory Palaces, Rock Of Ages, The Old Rugged Cross and other songs in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Little Richard releases a new single, Ride On King Jesus, on Mercury Records in the USA.
Donnie Brooks And His Shamrocks, riding on the Top Ten success of the 1960 hit Mission Bell, are playing at Le Crazy Horse in Los Angeles, California, USA, during a twelve week season.
Bill Monroe records Louisville Breakdown, Never Again, Fire On The Mountain and Just Over In the Gloryland in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Jimmie Davis Tabernacle, a non-denominational place of worship named after the famous country music singer of You Are My Sunshine, is dedicated near Jonesboro, Louisiana, USA.
Georgie Fame, Cat Stevens, Julie Felix and Sounds Incorporated play the sixth night of a 14–day run in 'Fame In 67' at Brian Epstein's Saville Theatre, London, England, UK.
Georgie Fame, Cat Stevens, Julie Felix and Sounds Incorporated play the ninth night of a 14–day run in 'Fame In 67' at Brian Epstein's Saville Theatre, London, England, UK.
Paul McCartney of The Beatles, who is studying transcendental meditation in India, Asia, with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, sends a postcard to Ringo Starr in Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK, Europe, stating "latest news is that Maharishi's building a swimming pool!"
Paul McCartney of The Beatles flies back to London, England, UK, Europe, from India, Asia, where he has been studying Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane play at Daniel Meyer Coliseum, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Rod Stewart And The Faces play at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Deep Purple.
During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Landmark Theatre, Syracuse, New York State, USA.
Bob Dylan's latest album, Saved, peaks at No3 in the UK albums chart.
Bob Dylan grants a rare interview to Martin Keller of the Minneapolis City Pages newspaper. He tells Keller, "Those who care now where Bob Dylan is at, they should listen to Shot Of Love off the Shot Of Love album. It's my most perfect song. It defines where I am spiritually, musically, romantically and whatever else."
During their War tour, U2 play at the Seto-shi Bunka Centre, Seto, Japan, Asia.
Prince releases a new single, Purple Rain, in the USA, with God (vocal version) on the b-side.
On their Yellow And Black Attack tour, Christian Metal band Stryper play at The Tower Theater, Houston, Texas, USA.
U2 play at The Point Dept, Dublin, Ireland, Europe. B.B. King joins the band onstage to sing and play guitar on Angel of Harlem, When Love Comes to Town and Love Rescue Me.
The Holy River by Prince peaks at No19 in the UK in its week of entry.
Just before the encore of U2's show at Vallehovin, Oslo, Norway, Europe, the band's four members find themselves trapped, Spinal Tap-style, inside a 40ft-high metallic lemon-shaped 'pod' high above the stage. The device was supposed to open and let the group emerge but on this night, the mechanism failed.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the fifth of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
U2 frontman Bono holds discussions in Brussels, Belgium, Europe, with European Commission leader Jose Manuel Barroso and other world leaders, asking for their support for Africa and the momentum gained by the Live8 concerts. "Put down your national flags," he tells them. "Look up from the numbers and look to the future. People are dying for the most stupid reasons."
U2 play at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, supported by Interpol.
David Cassidy, David Essex, The Osmonds and Les McKeown's 70s Bay City Rollers play the first of two nights at Wembley Arena Pavilion, London, England, UK.
Police raid the 1900-acre YFZ Ranch in Eldorado, Texas, USA, and remove 183 people - including 137 children who are believed either to have been sexually abused or to be in danger of being sexually abused by a religious cult. The raid will inspire the song The Blind House on the 2009 album The Incident by Porcupine Tree.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the first of two nights in Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland, Europe, supported by Razorlight.
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards are held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Eminem and Justin Bieber dominate the event, each taking home six trophies, while Taylor Swift and five others secure three each. Beyonce gets the Millennium Award. Also in attendance are U2 and Lil Wayne.
Bob Dylan plays at The Kunstrasen Gronau, Bonn, Germany, Europe.
Bob Dylan plays at The Arena of Nimes during the Festival de Nimes 2012, Nimes, France, Europe.
Mumford And Sons release their second album, Babel in the USA and Canada.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez, El Salvador, San Salvador, Central America. While in the region, Maiden's drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Janick Gers visit the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was assassinated by members of a Salvadoran death squad, during a mass in 1980 at the start of the Salvadoran Civil war.
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Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, The Faceless and Good Tiger play at The Fillmore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the second of two nights at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
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