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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.
Paul Hewson is born in Dublin, Eire. He will become singer and songwriter Bono Vox of U2.
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.
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.
U2 record an appearance on the Late Late Show at RTE tv studios, Dublin, Eire.
U2 play at The Garden Of Eden, Tullamore, Ireland, Europe.
Ultravox release their fourth album, Vienna, in the UK on Chrysalis Records. It will peak at No3.
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U2 begin a weekly residency at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK.
U2 release their debut album, Boy, in the UK. On the same day, INXS release their eponymous debut album, in Australia.
U2 play at The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
U2 play at the Metropol, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
U2 release a new single, New Year's Day, in the UK.
The album The Joshua Tree by U2 is certified as a four-times platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
When Irish singer Gavin Friday launches his album, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves, at the Pink Elephant, Dublin, Ireland, Europe, he is joined on stage by Bono of U2 and Liam O’Maonlai of the Hothouse Flowers.
U2 play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
R. E. M., Lauryn Hill and No Doubt play in a charity event, Love Rocks, honouring Bono of U2 as Humanitarian of the Year, for his work on debt relief. The show is staged in the Kodak Theater, Los Angeles, and Cher and Bono both make guest appearances.
Bono of U2 flies to Omaha, Nebraska, USA, where, the following day, he is to sing at the funeral of Susan Buffett. The wife of millionaire investor Warren Buffett, she shared with Bono a concern for promoting AIDS awareness and prevention.
U2 play an unannounced live gig for 30,000 people in the Empire Fulton Ferry State Park underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, USA.
Lawyers acting on behalf of U2 guitarist The Edge serve an injunction for invasion of privacy on Ireland’s Sunday World newspaper, which had reported that one of Edge’s relatives was ill.
U2 play at Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Gavin Rossdale, formerly of Bush, announces that his first new material in four years will be released by his new band, Institute, and will be a 'hardcore' album featuring contributions from his wife Gwen Stefani, and U2-producer Daniel Lanois.
U2 enter the UK pop singles chart at No2 with City Of Blinding Lights.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Paul McCartney with U2 is the highest new entry in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA, entering at No48. Mariah Carey remains at No1 with We Belong Together.
The last 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 at The Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, supported by Dashboard 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.
American music trade publication Billboard reports that U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005. More than three million people attended their sold-out 90-date Vertigo tour which grossed $260m (£146.6m). The Eagles took $117m (£66m) from 77 shows and Neil Diamond grossed over $71m (£40m). The Top ten is rounded out by Kenny Chesney in fourth place with $63m (£35.5m), Paul McCartney $60m (£33.8m), Rod Stewart $49m (£27m), Elton John $45.5m (£25.6m), The Dave Matthews Band $45m (£25.3m), Jimmy Buffett $41m (£23m) and Green Day $36.5m (£20.5m).
U2's film Rattle And Hum is released in the new Blu-ray format, along with non-rock films including The Italian Job and Aeon Flux.
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.
U2 release a new album, No Line On The Horizon, on Mercury Records in the USA.
U2 have a street in New York City temporarily named in their honour, to celebrate the release of their new album, No Line On The Horizon. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg re-names 53rd Street in Manhattan as U2 Way for the next seven days.
U2's 360 tour plays the first of three nights at Croke Park, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
U2's 360 tour plays the second of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, supported by Glasvegas and The Hours. An after-show party is held at Home House Private Members Club, attended by Brian Eno, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Lars Ulrich of Metallica and a somewhat drunken Noel Gallagher of Oasis.
On their 360 Degree tour, U2 play the second of two nights at the Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, supported by Snow Patrol.
Pollstar reports that U2 was the most successful live act of 2009, raking in $123m from its stadium tours. The irish band is followed in the ratings by Bruce Springsteen and the duo of Elton John and Billy Joel.
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.
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].
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the second of two nights in Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, supported by Jay-Z.
On their 360 Degree tour U2 play the first of two nights in ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, supported by Jay-Z.
Bono of U2 is in Washington DC, USA, taking part in talks about the preservation of federal aid for Africa.
On their 360 Tour, when U2 play in Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington, USA, a link-up is made with the space shuttle Endeavour, enabling Mission Commander Mark Kelly to perform the lyrics of A Beautiful Day along with Bono live on stage.
On the seventh leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, supported by Florence And The Machine.
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.
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 the second of two nights at Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Paris, France, Europe, supported by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
On their 51-date The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 cancel their show at The Dome At America's Center, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, because of safety concerns, arising from protests taking place in the city following the acquittal of a police officer who shot and killed a black driver.