1920 – KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. With consumers unsure about 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.
1963 – The British paper Daily Mirror coins the term “Beatlemania!” in a cover story reviewing The Beatles’ concert the night before in Cheltenham, England.
1963 – Kate Smith gives her first full concert to paying customers.
1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival releases Willy and the Poor Boys, the band’s third studio album this year.
1973 – Ringo Starr releases Ringo in the US.
1974 – George Harrison begins the first solo tour by a Beatle when he opens his Dark Horse tour in Vancouver, BC.
1978 – The Police release their debut album, Outlandos d’Amour.
1979 – The Who’s musical film Quadrophenia, featuring a small part played by Sting, opens in US theaters.
1984 – Marvin Gay Sr., father of singer Marvin Gaye (who added the e when he joined Motown), is found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of his son. The courts rule the action was taken in self-defense, and he is given five years’ probation.
1990 – Prince’s fourth film, Graffiti Bridge, opens in theaters. The film co-stars Tevin Campbell and Mavis Staples.
1999 – Drummer Taylor Hawkins makes his debut with the Foo Fighters when they release their third studio album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose.
2004 – Guitarist Eric Clapton collects his CBE from Buckingham Palace for his services to music.
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