1897 : A US patent is granted to inventor Guglielmo Marconi for the radio.
1958 : While on tour in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Buddy Holly waterskis across Lake Rhinelander and nearly drowns when he loses control and falls into the water.
1959 : Paul Anka’s’ “Lonely Boy” hits #1
1963 : The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig outside London when they appeared at The Alcove Club, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire supporting The Hollies.
1964 : The Animals went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The House Of The Rising Sun.’ Recorded in one take, this was the first UK No.1 to have a playing time of more than four minutes.
1965 : Paul McCartney was presented with five Ivor Novello Awards at a lunch party at The Savoy, London. John Lennon refused to attend; Paul was 40 minutes late after he had forgotten about the engagement.
1967 : Pink Floyd made their second appearance on BBC Top Of The Pops to promote their new single ‘See Emily Play’, which was hosted by Pete Murray. The single went on to peak at No.6 on the UK chart.
1968 : Black Sabbath played their first gig at a small backstreet Blues club in Birmingham, England.
1969 : Over 100 US radio stations banned The Beatles new single ‘The Balled Of John and Yoko’ due to the line ‘Christ, you know it ain’t easy’, calling it offensive.
1972 : During a North American tour The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan. The Doors, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Kiss have all appeared here.
1973 : The self-titled album by Queen is released
1973 : Tensions between The Everly Brothers spill over at a show in Hollywood, where Phil Everly smashes his guitar in frustration. Don Everly continues the show on his own, announcing, “The Everly Brothers died ten years ago.” (The duo would reunite in 1983.)
1974 : George McRae’ Rock Your Baby hits #1
1974 : Elton John started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his eighth studio release, ‘Caribou’, and his third No.1 album. The album contained the singles, ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’, and ‘The Bitch Is Back’.
1974 : George McCrae started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Your Baby’, his only US No.1, also No.1 in the UK. Regarded by some as the first Disco No.1. It was a New York City club hit first.
1974 : Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of a three night, six show residency at the newly-opened Bottom Line in New York City. The shows received rave reviews and created a buzz in the music industry.
1974 : Eric Clapton invites Todd Rundgren to play guitar during the encore of Clapton’s concert at Madison Square Garden. Todd’s guitar rig isn’t working. Clapton takes off his guitar, hands it to Todd, and steps aside to listen.
1976 : The first issue of UK punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue was published, with features on The Stranglers, Ramones and Blue Oyster Cult. Former bank clerk Mark Perry edited the fanzine.
1978 : The BBC announced a ban on The Sex Pistols’ latest single ‘No One Is Innocent’, which featured vocals by Ronnie Biggs, the British criminal notorious for his part in the Great Train Robbery of 1963. At the time of the recording, Biggs was living in Brazil, and was still wanted by the British authorities, but immune from extradition.
1985 : At 12.01 Status Quo started the ‘Live Aid’ extravaganza, held between Wembley Stadium, London and The JFK Stadium, Philadelphia. The cream of the world’s biggest rock stars took part in the worldwide event, raising over £40million. TV pictures beamed to over 1.5bn people in 160 countries made it the biggest live broadcast ever known. Artists who appeared included Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, The Who, U2, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, Queen, Tina Turner, The Cars, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, Hall and Oates, Lionel Richie and Led Zeppelin.
1985 : Duran Duran became the first artists to have a No.1 on the US singles chart with a James Bond theme when ‘A View To A Kill’, went to the top of the charts.
1985 : Elton John re-signed with MCA Records in America, his five-album deal being worth $8 million, the biggest advance in history at the time.
1985 : David Bowie and Mick Jagger debut their video for “Dancing in the Street” at Live Aid. Bowie also performs “Heroes” at Wembley Stadium.
1987 : Representatives of fifty of America’s largest record retailers were guests at Michael Jackson’s home in Encino, California to preview his new album, ‘Bad’. The LP would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
1990 : Curtis Mayfield was badly injured after a strong gust of wind blew a lighting rig on him during an outside concert in Brooklyn, New York.
1991 : Bryan Adams went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Everything I Do I Do It For You’ which featured on the soundtrack for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. It stayed at No.1 for a record-breaking 16 weeks, (breaking a record held since 1955), also a No.1 in the US (for 7 weeks) and a hit in 16 other countries. Won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture in 1992.
1992 : Jett Williams, illegitimate daughter of country legend Hank Williams, is granted partial royalties on his songs by a New York appeals court, adding to a ruling reached on July 5 that she should receive half of his estate.
1996 : Over 2,000 guitar players, including Chet Atkins and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, set a new world record for the largest jam session ever when they played ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ for 75 minutes at Nashville’s Riverfront Park. The previous record was set in Vancouver, Canada on May 7th, 1994, when Randy Bachman led 1,322 amateur guitarists in a performance that lasted 68 minutes.
1997 : Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis underwent five hours of hospital surgery after being involved in a motorbike accident in Los Angeles.
1997 : The Prodigy started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Fat Of The Land’.
1997 : A trial against John Denver for drunken driving ended in a hung jury, deadlocked 3-3. Denver’s defence attorney argued that the singer suffered from a thyroid condition that had distorted blood alcohol tests.
1999 : The New Radicals called it a day after just one album and a world-wide hit single. Front man, songwriter and driving force Gregg Alexander said he would concentrate on producing and writing.
1999 : Paul McCartney displayed 73 paintings at the Kunstforum Lyz gallery in the German town of Siegen. McCartney had been painting for the past 16 years (since he turned 40).
2000 : James Brown is formally charged with assaulting Russell Eubanks, an employee of South Carolina Electric and Gas, with a steak knife after Eubanks visited Brown’s Beech Island estate to check on reports that he was without electricity.
2002 : Fatboy Slim brought the Brighton area to a standstill when he threw a free beach party. Organisers had expected 60,000 fans to attend but over 250,000 turned up causing chaos on the roads with traffic jams over ten miles long. Fatboy Slim spent £100,000 of his own money supporting the event after a sponsor pulled out.
2002 : Oasis, Gomez, No Doubt, Starsailor, Foo Fighters, Chemical Brothers and Green Day all appeared at this years two day T In The Park Festival at Kinross, Scotland.
2004 : Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane, bass player with The New York Dolls, died aged 55 after checking himself in to a Los Angeles emergency room, complaining of fatigue. He was quickly diagnosed with leukaemia, and died within two hours. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 ‘New York Dolls’ and 1974 ‘Too Much Too Soon’. His estranged wife wanted to honour her late husband’s wishes and bury him next to former Dolls stars Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan in Mount St Mary’s cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, but officials at the morgue refused to release his body for burial because his remains were so decomposed. (His body had laid in a morgue for over a month).
2007 : Rod Stewart collected his CBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. The singer who was honoured for his services to music wore a skull and crossbones tie, white trousers and a stripy shirt instead of the conventional morning suit.
2007 : The first day of the three day Latitude Festival took place at Henham Park Estate in Suffolk, England featuring: Damien Rice, The Good, The Bad And The Queen, Arcade Fire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Magic Numbers, Wilco, The Rapture and Jarvis Cocker.
2012 : Roger Waters’ tour The Wall Live, topped worldwide concert ticket sales for the first half of 2012. The show based Pink Floyd’s hit 1970s album, took $158.1m (£102.3m) beating Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. Waters sold 1.4 million tickets according to Pollstar magazine, which tracks the live concert business.