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The powerhouse of the Washington Traction Company, where the laboratory of the Berliner/National Gramophone Company is located, burns to the ground. The company loses over one hundred zinc masters that have not been pressed, along with all of its machinery and equipment.
The Trocadero Quartette present "Their black-face character creation - The Telephone Agent" during a week at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA. Also on the bill are The Hungarian Gypsy Band, "comedy trick violinist" Chevriel and "The Dainty Singing And Dancing Comedienne" Kitty Fox Allen.
The Augustin Daly Musical Company presents "The Chinese-English Musical Comedy" San Toy, at The Columbia Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Empire Gaeity Company is presenting a new burlesque, About Town, at The Empire Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Miyo San Operetta Company, Dave Gennaro And Ray Bailey (billed as "originators of the real ragtime cake walk") and singing comedienne Blanche Ring are among the acts on offer at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Weber And Fields' burlesque musical extravaganza Fiddle Dee Dee is playing at Chase's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Musical comedy The French Maid is playing during a week at the Lafayette Opera House, Washington DC, USA.
The Howard Theater is opened in Washington DC, USA. It will become an illustrious venue for jazz and blues artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Billy Eckstine. In the 1950s and 60s it will become one of the busiest venues on the USA's r'n'b and rock'n'roll circuit.
Sophie Tucker is appearing at B.F.Keith's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Great Rigolettos, Laura Burt And Henry Stanford, Willa Holt Wakefield and The Theodore Bendix Symphony Players are appearing at B.F. Keith's theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Billy Watson is starring in "That jolly musical farce" Krausemeyer's Alley at Gayety Burlesque, Washington DC, USA. The show also features The Billy Watson Beauty Chorus.
The Old Soldier Musicians, comedy vocal trio Tommy Van And The Ward Girls, and The Girls From The North And The South are appearing at The Casino Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Rex McCargar And His Orchestra play at The Hotel Winthrop, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play at The State-Lake Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play the final night of a week at the Surf Beach Club, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in the Panther Room at The Hotel Sherman, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The show is broadcast live on radio.
Jazz vocalist Billy Eckstine plays the second night of two weeks at The Cave, Vancouver, Washington, USA.
Gene Krupa And His Orchestra the sixth night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
The Irving Berlin socio-political musical comedy Call Me Madam is presented on Broadway at The Imperial Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 644 performances.
Duke Ellington And His Band begin a one-week engagement at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Country music singer-songwriter Richard Leigh is born in Washington DC, USA.
The Four Blazes play on the opening night of The Key Club, located in the South of the Border Bar at 1327-29 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Music publishers Mills Music begin a two-week long Silver Jubilee celebration of the career and music of Duke Ellington, with tv and live appearances scheduled across the USA.
Perry Como is presented with an award as Top Show Business Personality Of The Year by The Washington Variety Club, Washington DC, USA.
Lloyd Price plays the second night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA, supported by Mickey And Sylvia.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra play in a Halloween Ball at The Fulton Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Ruth Brown, The Vibrations, Jimmy Jones, The Sensations , Joe Turner, The Clovers, Little Anthony, David Ruffin and Arthur Prysock play the fourth night in a week of shows at the Regal Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Johnny Tillotson plays the fifth night of a week of shows at The Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
Gene Pitney plays the fourth night of a week of dates at The Casino Royal, Washington DC, USA.
Little Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, The Wailers, Freddy Cannon, Nino Tempo And April Stevens, Dee Dee Sharp, Ray Stevens, The Vice Roys and Gail Harris play at the Opera House, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Phil Ochs sings a specially-composed song, The War Is Over, at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in Washington Square, New York City, USA, then leads the demonstrators in a march up Fifth Avenue to Times Square.
Tim Buckley plays the second of thirteen nights at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On their second North American tour, The Cream play the second of two days at Eagles Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Tim Buckley spends the first of two days recording demos at TTG Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Demos recorded over these two days include Happy Time and Ashbury Park.
Operation Intercept, an anti-drug measure initiated by US President Richard Nixon, begins for a twenty day period. It will result in a near shutdown of border crossings between Mexico and the United States, and will inspire Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane to write the song Mexico, which will be released in May 1970.
Duke Ellington plays at The International Jazz Festival, Barcelona, Spain, Europe.
After eighteen people are arrested in a riot during a Sly And The Family Stone concert at Constitution Hall, Washington DC, USA, The Daughters of the American Revolution succeed in imposing a ban on rock shows at the venue.
Led Zeppelin play at Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Jazz trumpeter Dick Vance dies aged 70 in New York City, USA. Vance worked with Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra from 1936 until 1938, before joining Chick Webb's Big Band in 1939, then moving on to play with Charlie Barnet, and Don Redman. Vance also wrote musical arrangements for numerous orchestras including those of Duke Ellington, Harry James, Cab Calloway and Earl Hines.
Kurt Cobain, not yet having formed Nirvana, moves into the first house he has rented on his own, on East Second Street, Aberdeen, Washington, USA, with Matt Lukin of The Melvins. He is currently working part-time as a maintenance man at the Polynesian Inn Resort, Ocean Shores, to pay the rent.
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Nirvana record their debut single, Love Buzz, at Reciprocal Recording Studios, Seattle, Washington, USA, with producer Jack Endino.
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Danny Gatton plays at Tramps, New York City, USA.
Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Kenny Rogers and Trisha Yearwood perform in The Presidential Inaugural Gala one day before Bill Clinton takes office in Washington DC, USA.
Legendary jazz pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn dies in her home town of Washington, D.C., USA, aged 71, after a lengthy illness.
It is reported that Kele has postponed and cancelled some of the dates on his upcoming North American tour because of visa problems. The tour was scheduled to begin in Chicago on July 23, but will now kick off on September 2 in Washington DC, USA.
On his All The Hits All Night Long tour, Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green play at Key Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Speaking at a Senate hearing in Washington DC, USA, Sir Elton John states that AIDS could be eradicated in his lifetime, but only if the US government continues funding the fight against the virus.
Jorma Kaukonen performs Electric Jorma at Fur peace Ranch, Pomeroy, Ohio, USA.
Despite considerable criticism from her family and her musical peers, R'n'B singer Chrisette Michele performs live at the Inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington DC, USA. She claims she wanted to "get in front of these people who don't seem to understand who they're talking to and show them what we look like."
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