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Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad is born in the village of Bjørkåsen, in Ballangen near Narvik, Norway, Europe, to a Norwegian mother, Synni Lyngstad, and a German father, Alfred Haase, a sergeant in the Wehrmacht, not long after the end of the Second World War during the German occupation of Norway. She will grow up as one of thousands of children known as Tyskerbarnas (or German children), the result of a bizarre Nazi experiment to 'enrich' the Aryan gene pool. Anni-Frid will find fame as a member of Abba.
When Pink Floyd, with the exception of keyboardist Rick Wright, boycott a press reception for their album Dark Side Of The Moon, at the London Planetarium, London, England, UK, guests are presented with life-sized cardboard cut-outs of the band.
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.
The tv special James Paul McCartney, featuring Paul McCartney, is broadcast on ABC in the USA. The climax of the show comes with a performance of Live And Let Die, during which McCartney's piano is rigged with pyrotechnics, intended as an explosive end to the song. Unfortunately, too much explosive has been packed into the piano, causing McCartney and other band members to be blown over. Luckily, no-one is seriously injured.
On the back of a flat-bed truck travelling along Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia, AC/DC (accompanied by members of The Rats Of Tobruk Pipe Band), film a video for It's A Long Way To The Top, (If You Wanna Rock'n'Roll. The video is intended for the Australian music tv show Countdown.
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.
The Clash play ‘A Night Of Pure Energy’ at The ICA, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Subway Sect. Shane MacGowan, not yet a member of The Pogues, is in the crowd and is bitten on the earlobe by Jane Crockford of The Modettes.
Joey Ramone is scalded by an exploding teapot in The Ramones' dressing room in The Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey, USA.
Steve Peregrin Took, a former member of Tyrannosaurus Rex (aka T.Rex) dies aged 31 from asphyxiation after choking on a cocktail cherry at his apartment in North Kensington, London, England, UK, Europe. Although Took and his girlfriend, Valerie Billiet, had ingested morphine and hallucinogens the night before, authorities ruled that neither contributed to his death.
Tommy Tucker, whose only major hit was Hi Heel Sneakers in 1964, dies aged 48. While renovating the floors of his New York home he is overcome by poisonous fumes from the carbon tetrachloride he is using.
John Sharples of Preston, Lancashire, England, UK, sets a new world record by disco dancing from this day, for the next 371 hours.
Peter Gabriel releases his fourth solo album, Peter Gabriel, in the UK. All of Gabriel's abum up to this point have had the same name.
Having just won four awards at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, USA, Prince deliberately ignores an invitation to take part in the recording of the charity single We Are The World. Instead, he goes out on the town but when one of his bodyguards gets involved in a scuffle, the media has a field day comparing Prince's wild night out with the charitable activities of every other megastar in town, all of whom are taking part in the recording of We Are The World.
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UK tabloid newspaper The Sun publishes a picture on its front cover purporting to show Michael Jackson in the £85,000 hyperbaric oxygen-enriched bed which he reportedly believes will help him live to be 150.
Matthew John Trippe of Tampa, Florida, USA, files an unusual lawsuit against Motley Crue. Trippe, who has a history of mental health issues and trouble with the law, claims that he was secretly hired to pose as Nikki Sixx and toured, wrote and recorded with the band for a time during 1983 and 1984.
Bob Berdella, who had abducted and tortured at least six young men in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, is apprehended after a victim he had been torturing for a week jumped naked from the second story of his house and escaped, wearing only a dog collar. Berdella's grim exploits will inspire the song Diary Of Torture by grindcore/death metal band Macabre.
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.
John Fogerty is cleared of plagiarism, following a bizarre lawsuit in which Fantasy Records claimed that Fogerty's 1985 US Top Ten single The Old Man Down The Road plagiarised the 1970 song Run Through The Jungle (which Fogerty himself had written while a member of Creedence Clearwater Revival).
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Weird Paul Petroskey plays at The Sonic Temple, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Jethro Tull is inducted into The National Association of Brick Manufacturers Hall Of Fame in New York City, USA, because their album Thick As A Brick has raised public awareness of the product.
While Van Halen are playing their set at Great Woods Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA, a June bug lodges itself in Eddie Van Halen's ear. Woken by pain in his head during the night at The Four Seasons Hotel, he squirts saline solution in his ear and an inch-long live, wriggling bug falls out into the sink. He requires treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Anthony Jones, the bassist for Humble Pie when they reformed in 1980, dies as a result of having contracted Meningitis while giving a Chinese tourist CPR in Santa Monica, California, USA, for 10-15 minutes until an ambulance arrived.
Rapper 50 Cent is shot nine times while sitting in a car outside his grandmother's house in Queens, New York, USA, allegedly because his song Ghetto Qua Ran upset Kenneth McGriff, the gangster-connected owner of Murder Inc. Records.
Sir Elton John walks out a half an hour before he is due to give a performance at a casino near Lisbon, Portugal. A spokesman for the promoters said that thirty minutes before the scheduled start of the show Elton appeared worried that the theatre was half-empty. "He said he was going out to get some air but then he jumped into his car and went to the airport to catch his private jet. He never said goodbye or anything to anyone."
Steve Holy sings his No1 Country hit single Good Morning Beautiful for the couples' first dance when forty couples are married in a mass Valentine's Day ceremony in Newport News, Virginia, USA.
The new US edition of Vanity Fair magazine carries a feature claiming that Michael Jackson wears a prosthetic nose and once paid to have a '"voodoo curse" put on top Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.
Ray Davies of The Kinks is shot in the leg while chasing a shotgun-wielding mugger, Jerome Barra, through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Barra had snatched a purse belonging to Davies' girlfriend as they strolled down Burgundy Street in the early evening.
During his A Reality tour, David Bowie plays at Frognerbadet, Oslo, Norway, Europe. When someone from the crowd throws a lollipop at the stage, the stick lodges itself between Bowie's eyeball and his eye socket.
Jeanette Schmid, a professional whistler who shared stages with Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich, dies of the flu in her apartment in Vienna, Austria, Europe, aged 80. Having been born a man, Rudolph Schmid, she became a woman in 1964. Described as ‘Austria's last professional whistler’, she performed under the name Baroness Lips Von Lipstrill.
The marching band of McCord Middle School, McCord, Michigan, USA, is forbidden from playing Louie Louie at their Grand Floral Parade, because of the song's allegedly obscene lyrics. This act of censorship is all the more bizarre, given that the band had been planning to play an instrumental version of the classic 1963 hit by The Kingsmen.
US Fish And Wildlife Services agents issue a search warrant on Gibson Guitars' manufacturing plant in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, seizing wood, guitars, computers and boxes of files. At issue is whether Gibson has violated the Lacey Act, which prohibits the importation of rosewood from Madagascar because it serves as a home for lemurs.
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.
Cofactor Genomics, a DNA research company based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, announces that it intends to map Ozzy Osbourne's DNA, in an attempt to discover why he has survived so many years of substance abuse.
Four dead dogs are discovered in 'sealed containers' at the Tennessee, USA, home of Vinnie Vincent, a former Kiss guitarist, during an investigation into charges of assault against his wife. Vincent is arrested by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department but is released after posting $10,000 bond.
It is announced that a new religion, Kopimism, has been officially acknowledged by the Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet. Followers of Kopimism believe that file sharing or copying is a religious activity. The music industry, on the other hand, believes file sharing is a crime and prefers to call it internet piracy.
A study by researchers at The University of Minnesota is published in the Journal Of Broadcast And Electronic Media, claiming to show that listening to rock music, [examples given include Bruce Springsteen and The White Stripes], can make white listeners favour white ethnic groups over other ethnic groups when sharing out funds. White students who were being played Top 40 pop - made by artists such as Gwen Stefani and Akon - distributed the funds more fairly among the other ethnic groups.
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.
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.
During a show by Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Strife and Evergreen Terrace on their Persistence Tour at the Kulturfabrik Kofmehl venue in Solothurn, Switzerland, Europe, a 28-year old fan dives from the stage and dies soon after in Bern University Hospital from an epileptic seizure brought on by his injuries.
In a British tv interview, Canadian dentist Dr Michael Zuk reveals his plans to clone John Lennon of The Beatles using samples of his DNA.
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards event is held at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Justin Timberlake wins as top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 Artist for his The 20/20 Experience. Other multiple award winners include Imagine Dragons, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. One extraordinary aspect of the night was a 'performance' by a 'hologram' of Michael Jackson 'singing' Slave To The Rhythm with a live five-piece band and sixteen dancers onstage. (In fact the 'hologram' is actually an old stage magician's trick called Pepper's Ghost which uses a mirror to create a moving onstage image)
Music created by musicians with red hair is celebrated at the first MOGO Awards at The Printworks in Manchester, UK. (MOGO stands for Music Of Ginger Origin).
Weird Al Yankovic releases his fourteenth LP, Mandatory Fun, on RCA Records in the USA.
In a speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, USA, Kanye West announces his intention to run for the Presidency of the USA in 2020.
In the wake of Sir Tom Jones revealing that he is having a DNA test to establish whether or not he has any black ancestry, The Daily Mail publishes a 'spectacularly racist' cartoon by the illustrator Mac. The cartoon shows two white explorers, one reading a newspaper with the headline "'Am I black?' asks Tom Jones", while another approaches two caricature black tribesmen with a test-tube, clutching a briefcase adorned with the words "DNA tests". The cartoon caption reads: "The DNA matches - now just one more test... can you sing Delilah?"
A severe thunder and lightning storm today at the Rock am Ring Festival in Mendig, Germany, Europe, is reported to have injured "at least 71 people". Nevertheless, the evening's entertainment, headlined by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, goes ahead.
To the astonishment of singer Grayson Erhard, while he is performing Supersition in the lobby of The NAMM Show in The Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, California, USA, he is joined by the song's composer Stevie Wonder onstage, and the pair perform the track together to the delight of the audience.
Yoko Ono wins a legal action to get a bar in Hamburg, Germany, Europe, to change its name from Yoko Mono to simply Mono. The regional court has ruled that the name 'Yoko Mono' is so similar to Yoko Ono "that it was sufficiently likely that an observer would surmise some kind of link between Miss Ono and the bar".
Following the recent 'sexual harassment'-related ban on the 1944 classic Baby, It's Cold Outside by Cleveland, Ohio, radio station WDOK, Canadian radio broadcasters Bell Media, CBC Radio, and Rogers Media follow suit.
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