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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.
American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King is born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He will become an icon for many music stars, having had songs sung about him by Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, U2, OMD and others.
Needles And Pins by Liverpool band The Searchers enters the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA, where it will peak at No8. The song is written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono.
Sonny And Cher record Let It Be Me, Something You Got, You Don't Love Me and You Really Got A Hold On Me in Gold Star Studios, 6252 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Sonny Bono acts as producer for the session, and participating musicians include guitarists Barney Kessel, Don Peake, Howard Roberts, Monte Dunn and Steve Mann, with Cliff Hils and Lyle Ritz on basses, Earl Palmer, Frank Capp and Hal Blaine on drums, Mike Rubini on harpsichord, and Don Randi and Harold Battiste playing pianos.
Sonny Bono, of Sonny And Cher, writes in his diary that his singing partner "is a changed person. Her wants and reasons have changed. I don't understand them. I don't know if she does either. I thought I was teaching. She thought I was intimidating."
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.
Adam Clayton of struggling Irish band The Hype places a fake advertisement in a local newspaper, which reads, "Manager seeks the whereabouts of The Hype after amazing Howth gig. Please ring Brian '450822.' The Hype will, in due course, become U2.
U2 are signed to a recording contract by Island Records, allegedly in the ladies' toilet at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, UK, Europe.
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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 release 11 O'click Tick Tock, their first single since signing to Island Records in the UK.
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U2 play at Manchester Polytechnic, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
U2 play at Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark, Europe.
New Year's Day by U2 enters the UK singles chart, where it will give the group their first Top 10 hit, peaking at No10.
U2's Unforgettable Fire tour plays at the Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany, Europe.
U2 denounce the state governor's ban on Martin Luther King Day when they open their Joshua Tree tour in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
When U2 play a free unannounced gig from the back of a truck in Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, California, USA, they open the show with their version of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower.
The Concert For New York City is held in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA. Paul McCartney helms the all-star event to raise money for the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, featuring Bon Jovi, Destiny's Child, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Who, Bono and The Edge [of U2].
U2 reach No1 in the Spanish Top 50 Singles Chart with Vertigo.
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own by U2 reaches No1 in the Official Pop Singles Chart in the UK.
U2 play at the Twickenham Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, supported by Interpol.
U2 begin their Vertigo tour at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA.
U2 play at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA.
U2 play at Key Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA.
U2 play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
U2, Razorlight and Soundtrack Of Our Lives play at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
U2 play at Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, Spain, Europe, supported by Franz Ferdinand and The Kaiser Chiefs.
The second day of a three day long Bruce Springsteen Symposium takes place at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. The event includes over 150 academic papers including 'A Marxist perspective On Darkness On the Edge Of Town' and 'The Boss And The Bible'.
U2 play the last of four non-consecutive nights at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, supported by Dahsboard Confessional.
U2 play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
U2 play at The Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, supported by Dahsboard Confessional.
Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, is named Songwriter Of The Year at the ASCAP Awards in London. His song First Cut Is The Deepest, written in 1969, is chosen as Song Of The Year.
Construction of The Claw, a gigantic metal structure intended for use on U2's upcoming 360 Degree Tour is nearing completion in the yard of Stageco, Werchter, Belgium, Europe.
City authorities in Barcelona, Spain, Europe, announce that they may fine U2 for excessive volume during rehearsals in the District of Les Corts for their latest world tour. The band allegedly rehearsed until midnight with sound levels measured at up to 70 decibels.
Dublin residents hold street protests to voice their objections to two days of non-stop noise caused by the dismantling of U2's massive stage set in the wake of their recent concert at Croke Park.
U2's 360 tour plays at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Europe, supported by Snow Patrol.
U2's 360 tour plays at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, UK, Europe. supported by Glasvegas and The Hours.
It is announced that Gorillaz are to replace U2 as headliners of this year's Glastonbury Festival. U2 pulled out because frontman Bono has injured his back.
Glastonbury Festival 2010 gets into full swing on its third day at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, UK. Acts appearing today include Rolf Harris, Gorillaz, Vampire Weekend, The Flaming Lips, Groove Armada and Brian Kennedy. Mick Jones (The Clash/Gorillaz) celebrates his birthday at a backstage party, with guests including Kate Moss.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play in The AWD-Arena, Hanover, Germany, Europe, supported by Kasabian.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the first of two nights in Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, supported by Jay-Z.
On their Closer To The Edge tour, 30 Seconds To Mars play at The Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
Bono of U2 joins the Soweto Gospel Choir in St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa, the day before Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday to sing a birthday tribute for the retired archbishop.
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.
Bono of U2 attends the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala in Palm Springs, California, USA.
Adam Clayton, bassist of U2, reveals, 'I felt empty despite selling millions of records with U2 and living a privileged life'. the comments come during an interview in The Irish Independent newspaper when Clayton is helping to launch launch the Walk In My Shoes campaign to support mental health services at St Patrick's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the first of two nights at Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Paris, France, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
U2 begin their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 with a show at BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, supported by Mumford And Sons.
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 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium, 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.