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It is reported (in The Eagle County Blade, Colorado, USA, and other publications) that a patient in hospital in Paris, France, Europe, has had serious wounds healed by exposure to music played on a violin. The wounds were being treated surgically, but did not heal until the violin remedy was employed.
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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Successful Broadway producer Charles Frohman dies in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by the German submarine U-20.
The silent movie Clarence, based on a Booth Tarkington stage play about a 'mysterious hero who jazzes the flappers' hearts away with his moanin' saxophone', goes on general release in the USA. The film stars Wallace Reid.
Frank Zappa appears on the Steve Allen tv show in Los Angeles, California, USA, playing two bicycles - much to his host's bemusement. Zappa is introduced onto the show as "a musical bicyclist". Zappa will find worldwide success some years later after forming his group The Mothers Of Invention
Marianne Faithfull releases a new single, This Little Bird, on Decca Records in the UK. On the same day, in a somewhat bizarre marketing decision, The Nashville Teens release their new single, also a version of This Little Bird, and also on Decca Records in the UK. The song is composed by John D. Loudermilk.
Pope Paul VI gives an address at the United Nations in New York City, USA, which will be released by Spoken Arts Records as the LP United Nations Address.
During an anti-Vietnam war protest, The Fugs, Norman Mailer and others attempt to levitate The Pentagon, Washington DC., USA.
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Elvis Presley's gold Cadillac is displayed at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, Oceania. The vehicle is on tour in Australia.
The Cuyahoga River in Ohio, one of the most polluted waterways in America, catches fire, triggering a crack-down on pollution in the river. This incident will provide inspiration for Randy Newman's 1972 song Burn On, R.E.M.'s 1986 song Cuyahoga, and Adam Again's 1992 song River on Fire.
Evidently very much alive, Paul McCartney of The Beatles publicly denies rumours that he is dead.
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A coffin containing the body of country-rock star Gram Parsons is stolen from LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA, by his road manager, Phil Kaufman, who drives it out to the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Navajo Desert and sets fire to the corpse, in accordance with a request made by Parsons before his death. The incident is immortalised in the song Fast Cars And Rented Beds by Julian Dawson on his 2004 album Bedroom Suite. The 2003 movie Grand Theft Parsons is about the same incident. Another song inspired by the life [and death] of Gram Parsons is My Man by The Eagles.
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When space-rock band Gong play at the Town Hall, Cheltenham, England, UK, Europe, founder-member Daevid Allen quits the group claiming that an invisible force field has prevented him from going on stage.
Sixty five naked girls assemble in Wimbledon Stadium, London, England, UK, to take part in a naked bicycle race, as a publicity stunt to promote the new double A-sided Queen single, Fat Bottomed Girls/Bicycle Race.
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Drummer Philthy Animal Taylor of Motorhead breaks his neck after the band's gig at The Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe. In some post-show hi-jinks, Taylor is lifted above the head of a friend in a test of strength, but he is then dropped on his head, snapping his neck. Taylor will continue to play in Motorhead with the aid of a neck brace.
During an Ozzy Osbourne concert in the Veterans' Auditorium, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, audience member Mark Neal tosses an unconscious bat onto the stage. Believing it to be one of his own rubber stage props, Ozzy picks the hapless creature up and bites off its head. Ozzy is briefly hospitalised for suspected rabies.
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Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke moves from the UK to Iceland and decides to become a composer of music for symphony orchestras. When asked why he has moved, he explains that he believes the world is coming to an end. In later years he will revise this rationale, explaining that he actually went to Iceland to commune with his Holy Guardian Angel.
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.
Queen Elizabeth of England officially opens The Beatles Maze at the International Garden Festival, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
During their World Slavery Tour, Iron Maiden play at Hala Arena, Poznan, Poland, Europe. After the show, they repair to a local restaurant, The Adria, for a drink. However, there is also a wedding reception in the restaurant, and Maiden are talked into playing a brief live set for the bride and groom, during which they perform Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water.
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In Reno, Nevada, USA, after listening to the Judas Priest album Stained Class, heavy metal fans Raymond Belknap and Jay Vance attempt suicide with a sawn-off shotgun. Belknap dies instantly. Vance survives but is horribly disfigured.
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During a bizarre plagiarism trial in Los Angeles, California, USA, John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, demonstrates with his guitar that he has not copied one of his own songs, whose copyright is owned by his former record company boss, Saul Zaentz.
Roby n Hitchcock, former leader of The Soft Boys, delivers a bizarre, apparently deranged solo performance at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, UK. Most of the gig is spent running around the stage, apparently in an effort to escape from his own shadow.
Erin Everly marries Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He will almost immediately file for divorce, citing 'irreconcilable differences.'
Rock fan Kristin Daniel is hospitalised after being struck by lightning at a Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead concert in RFK Stadium, Washington DC, USA.
Garth Brooks refuses to accept the American Music Awards' Favorite Artist of the Year honour, insisting that the award should have gone to Hootie And The Blowfish. Brooks does, however, accept two other awards.
Ben And Jerry's Ice Cream company launches a new flavour, Phish Food, in honour of the band Phish. The ingredients are chocolate ice cream with marshmallow (15%), caramel (10%) and fish-shaped chocolate chunks (7.5%). All of the band's profits from the venture go to a project to clean up Lake Champlain, which straddles the borders between Canada, New York State and Vermont, USA.
In the wake of the World Trade Center attack, 1200-station US radio network Clear Channel Communications bans all music by Rage Against The Machine and issues a don't-play list of 150 songs, ranging from Nena's hit 99 Red Balloons to John Lennon's Imagine, which includes the lyric, "I hope someday you'll join us/And the world will live as one."
Britney Spears marries a childhood friend, Jason Allen Alexander, at the Little White Chapel On The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, but twelve hours later she contacts her lawyers to ask to have the ceremony annulled.
Dr Harold Fredrick Shipman, one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history over 250 murders being positively ascribed to him, hangs himself while serving multiple life sentences in Wakefield Prison, West Yorkshire, UK. Songs inspired by Shipman will include What About Us' [2005] by The Fall and the utterly bizarre The True Story Of Harold Shipman [2007] by convicted paedophile Jonathan King, which attempted to invoke sympathy for Shipman on the basis that he was a victim of the media.
An environmental audit, commission by UK newspaper The Sunday Times, reveals that 50,000 trees would need to be planted and maintained for 100 years to offset the amount of CO2 produced by the recent Hail To The Thief tour and album by Radiohead.
Emil Laghia, 36 year old guitarist of Romanian rock group Compact is stabbed to death by his girlfriend, making him the second Compact group member to be killed in six months.
When Stereophonics play at Fort Canning Park, Singapore, Asia, the show is stopped after singer Kelly Jones is hit in the face by a flip-flop thrown by a member of the audience. After the man responsible is thrown out by security, the band returns to the stage to finish their set.
Cage Against The Machine, a one-off supergroup consisting of Pete Doherty, The Kooks, Enter Shikari, UNKLE, Orbital, Billy Bragg, Imogen Heap, Dan Le Sac, Reverend Jon McClure, Crystal Fighters, Mr Hudson, Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots), The Big Pink, Coldcut, Does It Offend You Yeah?, Penguin Prison, Aeroplane, John Foxx, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Kilford The Music Painter release their re-recording of avant-garde musician John Cage's celebrated composition, 4'33", which comprises of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence. Their aim is to make the silent single the UK's No1 song at Christmas.
According to the results of a newly-published study by the British Academy of Sound Therapy, the song Weightless by Manchester, England, UK, Europe, trio Marconi Union is the most relaxing piece of music ever written.
Shakira is attacked by an angry sea lion while on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa.
The world's first playable beer bottle is unveiled at The Semi-Permanent Gathering in Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania. Named the Beck's Edison Bottle, it is a one-off product based on Thomas Edison's cylinder recording system. The music etched into the bottle is Here She Comes by New Zealand band Ghostwave.
It is revealed, via an interview in Us magazine, that Lady Gaga plans to become the first professional musician to sing in space, a goal she hopes to achieve in early 2015 during a commercial flight on a Virgin Galactic ship travelling into sub-orbital space.
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.
Gene Simmons of Kiss officates his first wedding, between Lee Samango and Michael Gottlieb at Rock And Brews, El Segundo, California, USA.
It is officially announced that pop/opera vocalist Sarah Brightman has paid $52m to secure the honour of becoming the first professional musician to sing from space. Assuming all goes to plan, she would achieve her goal during a 2015 flight to the International Space Station, organised by a company called Space Adventures.
In court in Los Angeles, California, USA, Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 legally changes his name, reverting to Deryck Jason Whibley. During the period of his marriage to Avril Lavigne, he had changed his name to Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley.
It is reported that a pine tree, planted in 2004 in Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California, USA, in honour of George Harrison, guitarist of The Beatles, has died as a result of an infestation by ... beetles.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson performs a spoken version of Jessie J's Bang Bang live on the Capital Breakfast show in London, England, UK, Europe, to promote the New Year's Eve 2014 fireworks display in central London.
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England, Europe.
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at Echo Arena, Liverpool, England, Europe.
The biographical book Seasick Steve - Ramblin' Man by Matthew Wright, is published by John Blake Publishing in the UK. The book focusses in considerable detail on the fact that 'authentic bluesman' Steve's perceived public identity is largely a sham, fancifully invented by Steve. Ten years younger than he claimed to be in media interviews, he was never an itinerant hobo bluesman. In reality, among other things, he played in a San Francisco-based hippy band, Shanti, and also in a disco combo called Crystal Glass. His 'real' name was not, as he said, Steven Gene Wold but Steve Leach.
While out walking, Pete Doherty sustains a wound from a hedgehog spine when he tries to rescue the creature from his dogs, Zeus and Narco. Three days later, he is admitted to hospital because the wound has become infected.
American presidential candidate Kanye West on Friday photoshopped his face onto Mount Rushmore — then Tweets an image showing his face photoshopped alongside revered former US Presidents on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA, with the caption '2020.'
Jaz Coleman, of Killing Joke fame, launches his latest project, a range of pies. Specifically, he launches two Jerk pies (named after comic book characters The Joker and Harlequin) plus 'The Joker' Hot Sauce. Is this some kind of killing jerk?