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While experimenting with his technique called "harmonic telegraph", Alexander Graham Bell discovers that he can hear plucking sounds being transmitted along a wire. This discovery will lead to his invention of the telephone. Inspired by the life and work of the great inventor, The Sweet will record Alexander Graham Bell in 1971, and Richard Thompson will explore the great man's life in some detail in his song Alexander Graham Bell.
The Cliquot Club Eskimos, a banjo orchestra under the leadership of Harry Reser, records Marianne and There Must Be Somebody Waiting For Me (In Loveland), for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Kay Starr records The Rock And Roll Waltz for RCA Records in New York City, USA.
Gene Vincent plays at The Palais, Cowdenbeath, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Folk duo Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor perform live on the BBC-tv topical news magazine show Tonight, in London, England, UK, Europe.
A package tour starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows with Jackie Trent, The Trebletones, The Breakaways and Alan Randall plays at The Gaumont, Southampton, UK.
The Beatles have a brief recording session in EMI's Abbey Road, London, then fly out to Sweden to begin their first foreign tour.
Tommy Cunningham is born in Drumchapel, Glasgow, Scotland. he will find success as the drummer for Wet Wet Wet.
The Daily Telegraph reveals that a fourteen year old Scottish schoolboy has been forced to sit in a girls' class because he refuses to get his hair, which is worn in the style of The Beatles, cut. Barbers are also said to be doubling the price of a cut for boys with Beatle-style hair.
The Zombies play at The Kinema, Dunfermline, Scotland.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Hollies, Cliff Bennett And The Rebel Rousers, The Fourmost, Tommy Quickly, The Rustiks, The Remo Four and Danny Williams appear in the third of six nights of Gerry's Christmas Cracker at The Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
The Pete Best Combo, The Easybeats and The Poets play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK.
Nancy Whiskey releases a new single, Bowling Green, on Fontana Records in the UK.
Lulu plays at The Palais, Peterborough, England, UK.
On their Seven Drunken Nights tour, The Dubliners play at The U sher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
On their second North American tour, The Cream play at The New City Opera House, St Paul, Minnesota, USA. Unfortunately, the band is late, the equipment malfunctions and the show is fraught with problems.
John Fred And The Playboy Band play at The Kinema, Dunfermline, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Stuart Murdoch, acoustic guitarist and vocalist with Scottish band Belle And Sebastian, is born in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The Incredible String Band plays at The City Hall, Leeds, UK.
Amazing Blondel, The Sutherland Brothers and Claire Hamill play at The City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, UK, Europe.
Andy Fairweather Low plays at The City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland.
In the middle of a marathon concert tour, a series of one-nighters in 62 cities across the USA and Canada, Bob Dylan plays in the Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Rush play the first of two nights at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The album Grace And Danger by John Martyn enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No54.
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The Cult play at Night Moves, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
When The Jesus & Mary Chain play at The Electric Ballroom, Camden Town, London, England, UK, Europe, the event becomes a riot with bouncers battling fans as the band's equipment is trashed.
Robbie Williams headlines the T In The Park festival in Balado, Kinross, Scotland.
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Bob Dylan begins a brief UK tour at The Exhibition Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Whitney Houston releases her new album, Love, Whitney, in the UK.
David Cassidy, David Essex, The Osmonds and Les McKeown's 70s Bay City Rollers play at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England, UK.
The Fight play at The Malt Mill, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
The Trashcan Sinatras play at The Town hall, Paisley, Scotland, UK.
Bloc Party, 1900s, The Changes, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir and The Cinematics play at the Hideout Block Party, Chicago, IL, USA.
Green Day play at The Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, supported by Franz Ferdinand.
Foals play at The ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
Rod Stewart plays the first of three nights at the SECC, Glasgow, Scotland, Europe.
On their The Resistance tour, Muse play the second of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London. On this night they are supported by Biffy Clyro, White Lies and I Am Arrows.
Blues-rock guitarist Popa Chubby ends a European tour at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Landshapes [formerly Lulu And The Lampshades] launch their debut album, Rambutan, on Bella Union records, with a gig at Corsica Studios, London, UK.
The Killers, Stereophonics, Bastille, Frank Ocean, Rita Ora, Foals and Editors are among the acts playing on the third and last day of The T In The Park festival, Kinross, Scotland.
Ellie Goulding, Chasing Grace and Lulu James play at The O2 Academy, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
Franz Ferdinand release a new single Fresh Strawberries, as a digital download in Australia and New Zealand.
Ed Sheeran releases his second studio album, X, worldwide. (It was released in in Australia and New Zealand three days earlier.
North Atlantic Oscillation play at The Star And Shadow Cinema, Newcastle, UK.
Paolo Nutini plays at The LG Arena, Birmingham, UK.
The Jesus And Mary Chain perform their landmark debut album, Psychocandy, in its entirety at Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Gorgon City play at The City Nightclub, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jess Morgan plays at String Theory, Hawick, Scotland, UK.
Shane MacGowan celebrates his 60th birthday with a concert at The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland, Europe. Johnny Depp, Bono, Nick Cave, Sinead O'Connor, former Catatonia frontwoman Cerys Matthews, Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Blondie's Clem Burke and Carl Barat of The Libertines perform at the event. A somewhat frail-looking MacGowan is wheeled onto the stage by his partner Victoria Mary Clarke, and performs before the audience sings an impromptu version of Happy Birthday.