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 – A 17-year-old Eric Clapton makes his first appearance with The Yardbirds at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. He replaces their original guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham.
1968 – Eric Clapton becomes the first famous musician outside of the Beatles to play on one of their songs when he records the guitar solo for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
1906 – The Victor Talking Machine Company, headquartered in Camden, NJ, begins manufacturing the world’s first mass-market home record player, the Victrola. Price: $200.
1897 – A US patent is granted to inventor Guglielmo Marconi for the radio.
1958 – Nina Simone releases her debut album, Little Girl Blue.
1958 – Fats Domino records “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday.”
1958 – Bobby Darin’s single “Splish Splash” is released as the first eight-track master recording pressed to a plastic 45-RPM disc.
1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets audition for Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and are rejected.