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A funeral train carrying the body of assassinated US President Abraham Lincoln leaves Washington DC, USA. It will travel 1,654 miles to Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetary. The train will inspire the song Lincoln's Funeral Train by Greg Graffin on his 2017 LP Millport.
Singer and pioneer sound recording artist George Washington Johnson's common law wife Roskin Stuart dies after having been found beaten and unconscious in their shared New York apartment. Johnson is tried for first degree murder but acquitted.
Maggie Cline, Truly Shattuck, Carrie Graham, Fields And Ward and John W. Ransome play at Hashim's Academy Of Music, Washington DC, USA.
Popular singer Maggie Cline is heading the bill at Chase's Polite Vaudeville Theatre, Washington DC, USA. Although born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA, she is billed as "The Empress Of Ireland", and the show carried the strapline "No song is Irish till she sings it."
The Empire Gaeity Co. is presenting a new Burlesque, About Town, at The Empire Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
"The fascinating musical success" The Burgomaster, whose cast of 80 features "The Famous Girley Chorus of Youth, Beauty and Grace", is playing at The Columbia Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Mask And Wig Club (100 students from the University of Pennsylvania) present "a new and elaborate musical travesty", Old King Cole, at The Lafayette Square Opera House, Washington DC, USA.
Miss Mignonette Kokin, described as a "dainty Parisian chanteuse" is appearing at Chase's Polite Vaudeville Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The 'riotous farce with music', My Aunt From Utah, plays the last of four nights at Poli's Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Palomar Supper Club opens at 713 Burrard Street at Alberni in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It will become the place in town for big-name entertainers, including The Ink Spots, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra play in Washington DC, USA.
A fifteen minute early-evening programme of Fats Waller performances is broadcast by WINX Radio, Washington DC, USA.
Don't Get Around Much Anymore [Never No Lament] by Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA.
Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson of Atlantic Records visit 21-year-old singer Ruth Brown in Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, where she has been for over two months following injuries sustained in a car crash. Ertegun and Abraham present her with a recording contract, which she signs from her bed.
Having been accused of being a Communist spy by The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), American government official Alger Hiss is sentenced by a Grand Jury to five years' imprisonment on two counts of perjury, to run concurrently. (The original charge of spying was dropped because of the statute of limitations). The anti-Communist activities of the HUAC will inspire numerous songs, some for and some against. One of the best-known is I'm No Communist (1952) by country singer Carson Robison.
Hot Lips Page plays the first night of a week at The Howard Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
Duke Ellington And His Band play the second night of a one-week engagement at The Click, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lloyd Price plays the second night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA, supported by Mickey And Sylvia.
Chuck Berry, Shirley And Lee, The G-Clefs and Buddy And Ella Johnson, play the last night of a week at the Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Bill Haley And His Comets appear live on the tv show Ray Bolger's Washington Square Show in the USA.
Jocko's Rocketship Revue at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA, features Clyde McPhatter, Baby Washington, Shep And The Limelites, Bobby Freeman and The Larks.
Muddy Waters, Little Walter and The "5" Royales play the final night of a week at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA.
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra have the second of two days of recording tracks for the album The Girls Suite at Columbia Records Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The movie Paris Blues, with a soundtrack by Duke Ellington, opens in theatres in Sweden, Europe. The film includes Louis Armstrong in the role of Wild Man Moore.
The Dave Clark Five play in the Opera House, Seattle, Washington, USA.
CBS-tv in the USA broadcasts the documentary Duke Ellington Swings Through Japan.
The Cousin Duffy Show plays the first of three nights at The Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC, USA.
The Generation, a new psychedelic club owned by Barry Imhof, opens on Eighth Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. Later in the year, the club will be bought by Jimi Hendrix and turned into Electric Lady studios. In its relatively short life span The Generation featured acts including Big Brother And the Holding Company, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Dave Van Ronk, Sly And the Family Stone and John Fahey.
The Doors play at Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Steppenwolf play at Eagles Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA. The band is also seen on NBC-tv's Steve Allen Show, which is broadcast from Long Beach, California.
Jazz trumpeter Dud Bascomb dies in New York City, USA. In an acclaimed career he worked with Duke Ellington, Erskine Hawkins, Buddy Tate, Lou Donaldson, James Brown and others.
The Eagles play as part of The Summer Of Stars concert series in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Beastie Boys, Butthole Surfers and Scornflakes play at Friendship Station, Washington DC, USA.
Brownie Ford, The Zion Travellers, The St. Landry Playboys, Hezekiah And The Houserockers, The Ott Family, The Hayride String Band, Silas Hogan and "Guitar" Kelly, The Young Tuxedo Brass and others play in The Smithsonian Institution's 19th Annual Festival of American Folklife, Washington DC, USA.
Phish play at The Bayou, Washington DC, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour, Janet Jackson plays the second of two nights at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
It is reported that popular folk singer and recording artist Burl Ives has been released from hospital in Anacortes, Washington, USA, after treatment for a high fever that resulted from a foot infection. According to his wife, the 84-year-old singer-actor will continue receiving antibiotics and nursing care at home.
Folk singer-songwriter Tim Rose plays in The Slug And Fiddle, Sheffield, UK.
The four day long Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington, USA, begins with performances by Garbage, New York Dolls, The Donnas, Mavis Staples, Kermit Ruffins, Little Brother, Zion I, Razrez, M. Ward, The Ruby Doe, Anna Oxygen, Maktub, Stan Ridgway, Chris Stamey and Smoosh.
Tom Petty And the Heartbreakers play the first of two nights at The Gorge, Seattle, Washington, USA.
A storm of right wing anger erupts in response to Michelle Obama's invitation to rapper Common to take part in a poetry event at The White House, Washington DC, USA.
Rammstein play at Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
Bastille play at The Club, Washington DC, USA.
One Direction play at The National Stadium, Washington DC, USA.
Katy Perry headlines the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala, and hob-nobs with George Bush and Bill Clinton, at the Starkey Hearing Foundation in The RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
The Mynabirds release their third LP, Lovers Know, on Saddle Creek Records.
Shawn Colvin plays at The Triple Door, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Iska Dhaaf play at The Lido, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Lukas Graham play at The State Room, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
On the second North American leg of his ÷ Tour, Ed Sheeran plays the first of two nights at The Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, supported by Snow Patrol and Anne-Marie.
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