1920 : KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. They are not the first station on the air, but the first to get the broadcast license. With consumers unsure of the benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
1922 : The Irving Berlin song “Crinoline Days” is copyrighted.
1955 : Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Sixteen Tons enters the charts
1955 : Julie London’s “Cry Me A River” enters the charts
1956 : A riot breaks out at Fats Domino’s show in Fayetteville, NC, with police resorting to tear gas to break up the unruly crowd. Fats jumps out of a window to avoid the melee; he and two other band members are slightly injured.
1958 : Tommy Edwards was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It’s All In The Game.’ Written by Charles Dawes, later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. It is the only No.1 pop single to have been co-written by a US Vice President.
1963 : Reviewing The Beatles’ concert the night before in Cheltenham, England, the British paper Daily Mirror uses the headline “Beatlemania!” effectively inserting the phrase into the popular consciousness for the first time.
1963 : Peter Paul and Mary started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘In The Wind’ the group’s second No.1.
1963 : Dion performs “Donna The Prima Donna” on the British TV show Ready Steady Go!, but gets irritated when audience members dance around him. He walk out on the show even though he is slated for another song.
1963 : The Konrads, (featuring David Bowie), appeared at Shirley Parish Hall, Shirley, Croydon, England.
1964 : During a live ‘Ready Steady Go!’ TV show, singing ‘Donna The Prima Donna’ Dion walked off the show after becoming irritated by the audience dancing around him.
1966 : Paul Revere and the Raiders appear on tonight’s “Dizzoner the Penguin” episode of ABC-TV’s Batman.
1967 : The Beatles completed recording their next single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at Abbey Road studios London with a second Paul McCartney bass line. The McCartney song had been selected for the A-side for The Beatles next single, the flip side to be Lennon’s ‘I Am the Walrus.’
1968 : Cream is presented with a platinum album for Wheels Of Fire at the Madison Square Garden stop of their farewell tour.
1969 : The Rolling Stones quasi-documentary Sympathy For The Devil, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, premieres in San Francisco.
1969 : ‘Sugar Sugar’ by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single became the longest running one hit wonder in the UK with eight week’s at the top of the charts.
1971 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves by Cher
1973 : Barbra Streisand hosts a TV special on CBS called Barbra Streisand And Other Musical Instruments. Among the “instruments”: Ray Charles.
1974 : George Harrison begins the first-ever solo tour by a Beatle when he performs the first night of his “Dark Horse” tour in Vancouver, BC. The tour, which is plagued by Harrison’s laryngitis, is a disaster.
1974 : Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘So Far’, the group’s third US No.1.
1974 : George Harrison became the first Beatle to undertake a solo world tour when he played the first show of a 30-night tour in Vancouver, Canada. More On George Harrison
1974 : Stevie Wonder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Haven’t Done Nothin’, the singers fourth US No.1. It featured The Jackson Five on backing vocals.
1974 : Three Dog Night’s “Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)” enters the charts
1978 : David Cassidy’s infamous flop cop TV drama David Cassidy: Man Undercover debuts on NBC, the first of only ten episodes.
1979 : AC/DC played the second of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, with Def Leppard supporting.
1979 : The Who’s musical film Quadrophenia, featuring a small part played by Sting, opens in US theaters.
1981 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Private Eyes by Hall & Oates
1984 : The Rev Marvin Gaye Sr. was sentenced to five years in prison for the manslaughter of his son, Marvin Gaye.
1985 : When Part Time Lover tops the charts, Stevie Wonder becomes the artist with the longest time between #1 hits at 22 years (The Beach Boys would later break it with Kokomo). This song also sets a record by going to #1 on four different Billboard charts.
1991 : U2 scored their second UK No.1 single with ‘The Fly’, taken from their album ‘Achtung Baby’. The song was also a showcase for a persona Bono had invented called “The Fly”.
1995 : The syndicated R&B dance show Soul Train celebrates its 25th year on the air with guest appearances by Al Green, Diana Ross, Bill Withers, and Patti Labelle.
1996 : Counting Crows went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Recovering From Satellites’. The album peaked at No.4 in the UK.
1999 : Foo Fighters released their third studio album ‘There Is Nothing Left to Lose’, the album marks the first appearance of drummer Taylor Hawkins. Early pressings of the disc included a temporary tattoo, similar to the one featured on the album cover.
2004 : Guitarist Eric Clapton collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace for his services to music.
2007 : Led Zeppelin’s eagerly-awaited reunion concert in London was postponed for two weeks after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a finger. The tribute concert in honour of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun scheduled for 26 November would now take place on 10 December. More than a million fans applied for the 20,000 tickets available, which cost £125 each. Profits from the show would go towards scholarships in Ertegun’s name in the UK, USA and the country of his birth Turkey.
2007 : A right of passage for any up-and-coming British musical act, Laura Marling makes her debut on Later…with Jools Holland, performing the songs “Ghosts” and “New Romantic” before a live studio audience. The former Squeeze founder’s late night music variety show has become an institution in the UK, and many other networks rebroadcast it around the world.
2007 : Ozzy Osbourne claimed his reputation had been tarnished after a party supposedly involving him was organized by US police officers to round up missing criminal suspects. Over 500 people in North Dakota with outstanding arrest warrants were sent invitations and more than 30 suspects turned up. Osbourne said it was “insulting” that his name had been used but police argued it was a “creative” way to fight crime. Ozzy had been selected because he was due to play a gig in a nearby arena, which was used to explain why he would supposedly have attending the party.