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Eleanora Gough, better known to the world as jazz and blues vocalist Billie Holiday, is born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Holiday's music will transcend generations and cultures, making an impact on music-lovers across the globe. In 1988, U2 will release the single Angel Of Harlem, which is inspired by Holiday's voice and her life.
David Howell Evans is born in Barking, Essex, England, UK, Europe. He will grow up to become The Edge, guitarist of U2.
Record producer, engineer, and mixer Mark Howard is born in Manchester, UK, but will spend much of his career based in Canada. He will work with many artists including Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Neil Young, and The Neville Brothers.
A mother, wearing a traditional white headscarf, goes to the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, to hand in a letter to the country's military leader, Videla, asking about her 'disappeared' son. She is sent away but, moments later, she links arms with another woman and begins walking in silence around the square. Eventually, a small group of women are walking round the square in pairs. At the time, a government order banned assemblies of more than three people so, by walking in pairs, they could not be broken up by police. Every Thursday since that day the Mothers of The Disappeared have walked around Plaza de Mayo carrying photographs of their lost loved ones. The white headscarf, worn on that April day 35 years ago, became the symbol of the unity of the group. The songs They Dance Alone by Sting and Mothers Of The Disappeared by U2 are about this protest.
U2 play at The Town Hall Theatre, Ballina, Ireland, Europe, supported by Myster Men. According to a 2017 Hot Press magazine report, violence erupts at the show when locals attack the band and its road crew. A chair is allegedly broken over singer Bono's back and someone smashes Adam's glasses.
U2 play at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
U2 play at The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
New Year's Day by U2 enters the UK singles chart, where it will give them their first Top 10 hit, peaking at No10.
U2 get their first US gold album when the R.I.A.A. certifies War as a gold disc.
U2 play the last of five nights at The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
U2 play at Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania.
U2 play the first of two nights at the Apollo Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
Bono of U2 unexpectedly joins Simple Minds during their concert at Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The third leg of U2's Unforgettable Fire tour begins at the Drammenshalle, Drammen, Norway.
U2 play at Crowe Park, Dublin, Ireland, Europe, supported by R.E.M.
The Police, briefly re-united, play at the Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois. The event is part of a two-week long tour, A Conspiracy Of Hope, whose objective is to raise cash and awareness for Amnesty International, with the participation of Sting, U2, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams and Lou Reed.
Sonny Bono, formerly of Sonny And Cher, announces his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs, California, USA.
When U2 play a concert in the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA, Bob Dylan makes a guest appearance, singing I Shall Be Released and Knockin' On Heaven's Door.
U2's Zoo TV Tour - Outside Broadcast arrives in the USA, for the first of two shows at Giants Stadium, New Jersey. During the afternoon, Bono is photographed in the jacuzzi in his New York hotel suite.
Bono of U2 has an audience with Pope John Paul II in his summer house near Rome, Italy, Europe.
U2 play at The Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
U2 play at The Parc De Sports Charles Ehrman, Nice, France, Europe, supported by Keane and The Zutons.
U2 play the first of four non-consecutive nights at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, supported by Dahsboard Confessional.
The Spectrum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, closes down after 25 years of presenting rock shows by artists including The Cure, The Police, U2, Tina Turner, Marillion, Miles Davis, Metallica, The Tragically Hip, Les Rita Mitsouko, Jean-Jacques Goldman, King Crimson, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Construction of The Claw, a gigantic metal structure intended for use on U2's upcoming 360 Degree Tour is underway in the yard of Stageco, Werchter, Belgium.
U2 make a surprise appearance at a concert in Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Island Records. Also appearing are Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, and Baaba Maal.
On their 360 tour U2 play the first of two nights at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
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On their 360 Degree tour, U2 play the second of two nights at the Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada, supported by Snow Patrol.
The launch of Tait Technologies is announced. The company, based in Belgium, Europe, is a joint venture between US company Tait Towers and Frederic Opsomer, founder of System Technologies, launched to meet the demands of LED video for live music events. Opsomer's recent background includes the creation of a transforming LED screen for U2's 360 Degree tour.
The Edge of U2 and Mary J. Blige are among the celebrities attending the 'A Night of Humanity' event in aid of Hope Help And Relief Haiti at Urban Zen in New York City, USA.
Cher's first child, born a girl, files a petition in Los Angeles, California, USA, to have her name legally changed from Chastity Sun to Chaz Salvatore. Chastity underwent sex change surgery a year earlier. (Salvatore was Chaz's father Sonny Bono's real first name.)
It is reported that Bono of U2 has suffered an injury to his back while rehearsing in Munich, Germany, Europe, for the band's upcoming tour. He has been hospitalised and undergone spinal surgery.
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On the fifth leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa, supported by The Springbok Nude Girls and Amadou And Mariam.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at The Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, Florida, USA, supported by Florence And The Machine.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at The Hippodrome de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, supported by Interpol.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, supported by Interpol.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by Interpol.
U2 complete their 360 Degree Tour, with a gig at The Magnetic Hill Concert Site, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, supported by Arcade Fire and Carney.
Bono of U2 appears on stage during the opening night of the Mali Desert music festival in Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa. Nevetheless, his presence does not resurrect the now flagging fortunes of the festival, previously a major world music event, because of terrorist threats.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, the producers of U2's Broadway show, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark settle their legal disputes over the firing of the show's former director, Julie Taymor. Under the agreement, Taymor will receive full royalty fees for her services as a director, plus fees towards her work as a collaborator.
Blues-rock guitarist Larry Miller releases the album On The Edge on Big Guitar Records in the UK.
Bono and The Edge of U2 attend the 1000th performance of the theatre show Spiderman - Turn Off The Dark" at The Foxwoods Theater, Broadway, New York City, USA.
An all-star line-up of contemporary singers under the name of Band Aid 30 records a new version of Do They Know It's Christmas? at SARM West Studios, London, UK. Artists taking part include One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Bastille, Bono of U2, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding, Guy Garvie (Elbow), Chris Martin (Coldplay), Angelique Kidjo, Olly Murs, Sinead O'Connor, Seal, Underworld and Sam Smith.
U2's Innocence And Experience tour dates sell out as soon asoon as they go on sale in the USA - a total of 44 shows with 660,000 tickets sold.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play second of two nights at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by The Lumineers.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the second of two nights at Twickenham Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at The Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, Spain, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the second of two nights at Estadio Nacional de Chile, South America, supported by Noel Gallagher's High FLying Birds.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the first of four nights at Estadio Nacional de Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America, supported by Noel Gallagher's High FLying Birds.