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At the end of the first English Civil War, influenced by the Puritans, the British Parliament passes a law banning any celebration of Christmas. This new law is much disliked and will cause riots in the streets. The popular ballad The World Is Turned Upside Down will be inspired this law, and is best known in a version by Maddy Prior And The Carnival Band.
Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni writes to his wife Gerda, in Berlin, Germany, Europe, telling her that he has just seen, in a Cologne variety theatre, a marionette performance which included an entire puppet orchestra. He describes the orchestral performance with the words, "the conductor conducted very exactly, according to the rhythm and even according to the character of the piece. And the marionettes' first violin and double bass players bowed with precision. I was charmed by it."
During World War I, up to 100,000 British and German troops along the Western Front in Belgium, Europe, take part in an unofficial truce, singing Christmas carols together, exchanging gifts and even playing football. The incident, later to be known as The Christmas Truce, will inspire Peter Hooton of The Farm to write their major hit single, All Together Now.
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During a German air raid, the London String Quartet under Alfred Hobday records Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in G Minor in the offices of Columbia Records in Clerkenwell Road, London, UK. The sound of bombs exploding half a mile away is clearly audible when the recordings are issued.
During the 10.30am BBC Radio news summary in the UK, announcer Roy Williams states that Ringo Starr of The Beatles "has had his toe nails successfully removed." It was actually his tonsils.
After several months of deliberation, The Portuguese film censor releases The Beatles' film, A Hard Day's Night, but it is rated "for adults only".
City authorities in Munich, Germany, Europe, begin action to extract an 'entertainment tax' from The Beatles, relating to their recent concerts in the city. Music is normally exempt from tax in Germany, but the authorities argue that in this case The Beatles' music is "incidental to the shouting and stamping of the audience, which it is designed to achieve."
Johnny Cash is set to play a show at The Auditorium, Waterloo, Iowa, but that morning his band find him passed out on his hotel room bed, unconscious because of amphetmine abuse. Nevertheless, he recovers sufficiently to play the show in the evening.
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When Emerson, Lake and Palmer play at Stadio, Bologna, Italy, Europe, fireworks are set off by mistake during the show, and many explode among the audience, bringing the show to a premature end.
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Lou Reed is bitten on the behind by a member of the audience during a show in Buffalo, New York State, USA.
The start of a Led Zeppelin gig at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, USA, is delayed because Jimmy Page has sprained his finger on the fence at LA airport.
Following a gig in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Bruce Springsteen goes to Elvis Presley's Graceland home and climbs over the wall. A guard, assuming him to be a crank fan, apprehends him.
On the Never Say Die! tour, Black Sabbath are scheduled to play at The Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, supported by Van Halen. Unfortunately, Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne fails to turn up forcing the show to be cancelled, resulting in an audience riot. It transpires that the exhausted Osbourne had fallen asleep in the wrong hotel room and slept the clock round, waking up at 6.00am the next morning.
When socio-political shock-rockers Ludus play at The Hacienda, Manchester, England, UK, Europe, they decorate the tables with blood-soaked tampons on paper plates, and their co-founder/singer Linder wears a dress made of meat, which she whips off halfway through the set to reveal a massive dildo.
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At a press conference in New York City, USA, representatives of the Hell’s Angels deny the existence of a plot to kill Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.
Sonny Bono, formerly of 60's hippy duo Sonny And Cher, is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California, USA.
Chubby Checker files a lawsuit against McDonald's in Canada seeking $14m and alleging that the burger chain had used an imitation of his voice when his hit single The Twist had been used on a tv commercial. (This is a particularly intriguing allegation, given that Chubby's own version of the song was a barely concealed impersonation of the original by Hank Ballard.)
After the KLF perform 3AM Eternal at the 11th Annual BRIT Awards in London, UK, they leave a dead sheep at the door to the aftershow party, with a note attached stating, 'I died for you.' Other highlights include R.E.M. collecting Best International Group award.
Jazz vocalist Sylvia Syms dies, aged 74, of a heart attack while onstage at The Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel, New York City, USA.
Musical arranger, composer, bandleader and recording artist Jack Fascinato dies in Palm Springs, California, USA. His 1959 album Music From A Surplus Store, integrating sound effects produced by, or imitating, common junk-store items including oil cans and bedsprings, became highly collectable.
During a Radiohead gig at Riem Airport, Munich, Germany, Europe, ailing vocalist Thom Yorke blacks out during their performance of Creep.
At the BRIT Awards ceremony in Earls Court, London, England, UK, Europe, Pete Townshend of The Who presents Oasis with the Best British Group award. They also win Best Album and Best Video. The big event of the night, however, comes when Jarvis Cocker of Pulp takes the stage in the middle of Michael Jackson's messianic performance of Earth Song and performs a parody of Jackson's act.
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UK tabloid The Sunday People claims that Lemmy of Motorhead indulged in a three-day-long sex and bondage session during which his lover was handcuffed to the bed. When Lemmy objects, pointing out that the session lasted seven days and his lover was suspended from the ceiling, the newspaper apologises unreservedly.
Ozzy Osbourne issues a statement asking that his band Black Sabbath should be removed from the nominations for the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame because the nomination is made by "the supposed elite of the industry" rather than by music fans.
When an audience member calls out for the Bryan Adams song Summer Of '69 during a gig by Ryan Adams at The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, the country rocker becomes enraged, stops the show and pays the audience member $30 to leave the venue, before continuing with his set. (The venue manager catches the audience member, apologises profusely, and quietly lets him back into the hall).
A poll conducted by long-established radio station KIIS in Los Angeles, California, USA, finds that Americans believe rapper Eminem to be "more truthful" than U.S. President George W. Bush.
The first 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'.
Nona Paris Lola Jackson, a British woman claiming to be the biological mother of Michael Jackson's three children, has her case thrown out by a Los Angeles Court.
128 musicians gather in the Alexandra Palace Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, to perform Music Pieces, a composition by Jason Pierce [of Spiritualized], Peter Raeburn and Nick Foster, in which each musician plays just one note in each piece of melody, chord or drum pattern. The project is a tv promo for the launch of the latest generation of Walkman digital media players.
Rumours hit the internet claiming that 80s pop singer Rick Astley, made famous by his hit Never Gonna Give You Up, has been found dead in his hotel room in Berlin, Germany, Europe. Since the death of Michael Jackson, similar rumours have claimed the deaths of Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears.
When Oasis play at the Benicassim Festival in Spain, Europe, a female fan runs on to the stage, punches and kicks security men and then crawls under the stage. She is taken away before any members of the band are hurt.
L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, publishes a tribute to The Beatles on the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup. The article is widely seen as ending a decades-long period in which The Beatles' music was officially disapproved of by the Catholic Church. The feud between the church and the band was triggered in March 1966 when singer John Lennon told a London Evening Standard reporter that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus."
Carlos Santana proposes to his drummer, Cindy Blackman, onstage during a concert at the Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Cindy accepts.
Boney M's frontman Bobby Farrell is found dead in his hotel room in St. Petersburg, Russia, Europe. By a curious coincidence, Farrell's death falls on same date and in the same town as mad Russian monk Rasputin - who was the subject of the band's 1978 top three single.
On The Apocalypse Tour, Weird Al Yankovic plays at The Fox Theatre, Oakland, California, USA.
When Killing Joke come to the end of a UK tour with a show at The O2 Academy, Oxford, frontman Jaz Coleman makes several announcements. First comes a statement of his Rosicrucian philosophies and beliefs; this is followed by a renunciation of drugs, alcohol, money and smoking, and he closes the occasion with an announcement that he is to marry Yutta, the ex-wife of deceased Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven.
Following a CNN iReport stating that Australian singer Gotye had 'shot himself in the head with a 9mm handgun', the artist denies his death in a Twitter post.
Former Busted singer/guitarist/songwriter Charlie Simpson earns a Guinness World Record by playing the world's coldest gig ever - a fifteen minute solo acoustic set in the remote Siberian village of Oymyakon, Siberia, Europe, also known as the 'Pole of Cold'. Now the frontman of Fightstar, Simpson endures temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius and is only allowed breaks of 30 seconds between each song.
Ukranian violinst Oleksandr Bozhyk creates a new world record by playing four violins simultaneously during a concert in The National Theatre, Lviv, Ukraine, Europe.
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden delivers an address to The East Yorkshire and the Humber Institute Of Directors at its annual Hull Business Week lunch in KC Stadium, Hull, UK. As well as being a rock idol, Dickinson is also a qualified commercial pilot and heads Cardiff Aviation Ltd, which specialises in heavy maintenance of Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft.
While on tour, rapper Hopsin walks out before his scheduled show in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Feeling deeply depressed he hides in a house under construction, and later calls a friend to pick him up.
Kiss and Def Leppard play at The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado, USA. During the show, Gene Simmons of Kiss appears to find himself unable to control his over-filled bladder and solves the problem by urinating onstage three minutes and forty seconds into their performance of Paul Stanley's Hide Your Heart. He later explains that the stream of liquid seen to be running down the front of his costume was, simply, water, which he was using to clean up his outfit after his celebrated blood-spitting stunt in the previous song.
Brian Harvey, former frontman for 90s boyband East 17 arrives outside Downing Street, London, England, UK, demanding to speak with Prime Minister David Cameron. He succeeds only in speaking to police officers outside Number 10 while holding a ring binder. He apparently claimed to have "evidence of how much money the government had stolen from him".
Five piece band Joanna Gruesome win The Welsh Music Prize for their debut LP Weird Sister, in a ceremony held at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
Carols by Kindlelight, featuring performances by Annie Lennox, Imelda May, Alfie Boe and others is held at Abbey Road Studios, London, UK. The event, in which the studio is illuminated only by Kindle screens, is filmed in order to be made available exclusively for Amazon Prime members.
Bloomberg Businessweek reveals that controversial pharmaceutical company boss Martin Shkreli was the previously anonymous businessman who stumped up $2m to buy the Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
When Say Anything play at The House Of Blues, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, lead singer Max Bemis is unexpectedly taken ill and projectile vomits over an unfortunate security guard who was standing in the line of fire.
It is reported that white actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast in the role of Michael Jackson in a Sky Arts tv movie entitled Elizabeth, Michael And Marlon.
Mariah Carey's 24-year-old song All I Want for Christmas Is You hits No6 on the new Billboard Hot 100 chart in the USA, — making it the highest-charting holiday song in sixty years.