1956 – Elvis Presley enters music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel.”
1967 – The Beatles record the crashing piano chord at the end of “A Day in the Life.” Down the hall, Pink Floyd are working on their debut album.
1968 – Genesis release their first single, “The Silent Sun.”
1969 – David Bowie opens for T-Rex at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. He performs a one-man mime show rather than music. (read more about Bowie’s mime act and his relationship with Marc Bolan here)
1987 – Andy Warhol dies.
1993 – Radiohead releases their debut album, Pablo Honey.
2006 – The one billionth song is downloaded on iTunes; the song is Coldplay’s “The Speed of Sound.”
2011 – Adele releases her sophomore album, 21. The album sells 5.82 million copies by the end of the year.
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