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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.
Tony Orlando releases a new single, At The Edge Of Tears, on Epic Records in the USA.
The Steam Packet play at Redcar Jazz Club, England, UK. The band includes Long John Baldry, Brian Auger, Rod Stewart and Julie Driscoll.
The N.M.E. reports that Sonny Bono of Sonny And Cher has collapsed from exhaustion following their recent intensive tour of the USA. He is resting and has been prevented from joining a proposed tour with Gene Pitney.
Twenty-six unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders are shot by soldiers of the British Army during a protest in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, UK. The incident will become known as Bloody Sunday and will be recorded in the U2 song Sunday Bloody Sunday. Others who have written songs on this topic include John Lennon, Roy Harper, Christy Moore, The Wolfetones and Cruachan.
Yes release the album Close To The Edge on Atlantic Records.
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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.
In the Irish television guide; at 4.00 'Top Cat', 4.30 'Skippy' and at 5.30 'Youngline' (a series for young people highlighting their interests) featuring a new pop group called Hype, who will later change their name to U2.
After a fairly disastrous first recording experience, unsigned Irish band U2 go into Keystone Studios, Dublin, Eire, Europe, and record demos of Street Mission, The Fool and Shadows And Tall Trees.
U2 record an appearance on the Late Late Show at RTE tv studios, Dublin, Eire.
Dirty Looks play at The Edge, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Police, U2 and Squeeze appear at Dalymount Festival, Leixlip Castle, Dublin, Eire.
U2 play another gig in their weekly residency at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
U2 play at The Polytechnic, Brighton, England, UK, Europe.
U2 play the last of five nights at The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
The third leg of U2's Unforgettable Fire tour begins at the Drammenshalle, Drammen, Norway.
On their Unforgettable Fire tour, U2 play the second of two nights at Hollywood Sportatorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
On their Standing On The Edge Tour, Cheap Trick play at Harpo's, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
On the third leg of their Joshua Tree tour, U2 play at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by The BoDeans.
BRIT Awards winners this year, at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, include Michael Jackson, U2, Phil Collins, Annie Lennox, Fairground Attraction and Erasure. The event, however, becomes a farce when presenters Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood prove totally incapable of hosting the proceedings.
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.
The all-star Children In Need single Perfect Day is released on Chrysalis/BBC Records, featuring Lou Reed, Bono, David Bowie, Suzanne Vega, Elton John, Boyzone, Emmylou Harris, Dr. John, Robert Cray, Joan Armatrading, Tom Jones. The song was composed by and originally released by Lou Reed in 1972.
Junior's Place, a celebrated juke joint in Chulahoma, Mississippi, USA, burns to the ground. Jumior's had been opened (and run for many years) by blues guitarist, songwriter and singer Junior Kimborough. It attracted blues fans and musicians from all over the world, including members of U2, The Rolling Stones and The Black Keys.
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].
Forbes Magazine lists Britney Spears as the world's No1 most powerful celebrity. Other music stars further down the list include Madonna, U2, 'N Sync and Mariah Carey.
U2 begin their Vertigo tour at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA.
U2 play at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
U2 play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In an Australian newspaper interview, Liam Gallagher of Oasis describes U2 as 'wankers' because they watch videos of their performances immediately after coming off stage.
U2 play at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, UK, supported by Snow Patrol.
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.
Cher files a lawsuit in Santa Monica, California, USA, against Universal Music Group, claiming the company owes her and her former husband/partner Sonny Bono's heirs more than US$5m and that the company failed to provide key records that would show how much is actually owed.
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 the first of two nights at Stadium Makimir, Zagreb, Croatia, supported by Snow Patrol.
U2 announce that lead singer Bono is now recovering from his recent back surgery and, as a result, they can now re-schedule the tour dates they had previously cancelled. [Bono had injured his back during rehearsals in Germany].
Amy MacDonald plays at The Edge Festival in The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, Scotland.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the first of two nights in Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland, Europe, supported by Razorlight.
On their Closer To The Edge tour, 30 Seconds To Mars play at The WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at INVESCO Field At Mile High, Denver, Colorado, USA, supported by The Fray.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at Canad Inns Stadium, Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada, supported by The Fray.
Record producer Steve Lillywhite is named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [CBE] by Britain's Queen Elizabeth in her New Year's Honours List. Lillywhite is best known for his work with U2, Peter Gabriel and The Rolling Stones.
Just after midnight, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2, perform a brief, unannounced live set in La Osteria, a small bar in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, North America.
On the first night of U2's Innocence And Experience tour, guitarist The Edge mis-judges location of, er, the edge of the stage in Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and tumbles into the pit. He escapes with only minor injuries to his arm.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by The Lumineers.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play the first of two nights at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, supported by The Lumineers.
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 the first of two nights at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 play at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York State, USA, supported by Beck.
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.