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Music Calendar...

In 1925 The Grand Ole Opry opens in Nashville. In 1952 Hank Williams marries Billie Jean Jones Eshliman in New Orleans. In 1964 The Animals perform on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1966 Jimi Hendrix makes his Paris debut at the Olympia Theatre. In 1966 "Cherish" by The Association is certified gold. In 1967 The film "How I Won The War" featuring John Lennon, an anti-war black comedy by Richard Lester, premieres in London at the Pavilion. In 1968 John Lennon is arrested for possession of cannabis in London. In 1968 Bob Wills is inducted into the CMA Hall of Fame. In 1969 Rod Stewart joins the Small Faces, replacing Steve Marriott, who'd left to form Humble Pie with Peter Frampton. In 1969 Jefferson Airplane guitarist Pauk Kantner is busted in Hawaii for possession of marijuana. In 1969 David Crosby appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 1969 "Something" b/w "Come Together" by the Beatles enters the U.S. top 40 chart

Today In History...

In 1685 Louis XIV revokes the Edict of Nantes and outlaws France's legal toleration of Protestantism. In 1767 The Mason-Dixon Line, the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, is established. In 1867 U.S. takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia ($7.2 million). In 1870 The sand-blasting machine is patented. In 1873 The Ivy League (Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers and Yale) draws up the first rules for college football. In 1892 The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York is formally opened as Chicago Mayor Hempstead Washburne greeted New York Mayor Hugh J. Grant. In 1898 The American flag is raised in Puerto Rico shortly before Spain formally relinquished control of the island to the U.S. In 1910 40 ships were grounded when hurricane winds partially emptied Tampa Bay. In 1917 Mata Hari is shot as a spy by a French firing squad. In 1922 The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is established. In 1931 Inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies in West Orange, NJ,

Born On This Day...

In 1404 Religious leader, Pope Pius II (1458-64) In 1595 Edward Winslow, founded the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts In 1787 Inventor/architect, Robert L. Stevens (railroad track innovator) In 1799 Chemist, Christian Friedrich Schonbein (discovered ozone, 1840) In 1854 Swedish explorer/balloonist, Salomon Andree In 1859 French philosopher, Henri Bergson (Creative Evolution) In 1878 Historian, James Truslow Adams In 1904 Journalist/author, A.J. Liebling [d: 12-28-63] In 1906 Muralist, James David Brooks [d: 3-9-92] In 1915 Actor, Victor Sen Young (Hop Sing-Bonanza) [d: 11-9-80] In 1918 Pianist/actor, Bobby Troup (Dr. Joe Early-Emergency) [d: 2-7-99] In 1919 Pierre Elliot Trudeau, 15th Canadian Prime Minister [d: 9-28-00] In 1921 U.S. Senator, Jesse Helms (R-NC) [d: 7-4-08] In 1923 Actress/singer, Melina Mercouri [d: 3-6-94] In 1922 U.S. sculptor, Richard Stankiewicz [d: 3-27-83] In 1924 Bandleader, Allyn Ferguson (Andy Williams Show) [d: 6-23-10] In 1926 Singer/songwriter, Chuck Berry

Music Calendar...

In 1914 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is founded. In 1955 Les Paul and Mary Ford are the guests when the Grand Ole Opry is televised for the first time. In 1955 Buddy Holly's band, Buddy & Bob, opens for Elvis Presley at the "Big D Jamboree" in Lubbock, Texas. In 1956 Little Richard records "Good Golly Miss Molly" for Specialty Records at the J&M Studios in New Orleans. In 1958 Jackie Wilson records "Lonely Teardrops." In 1959 Opera singer Mario Lanza dies at age 38. In 1960 Loretta Lynn gives her debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry. In 1960 The Miracles' "Shop Around" is released. It would become Motown's first gold record the following February. In 1966 Australia bans "I Can't Help Myself" by the Troggs calling the song terribly obscene. In 1966 The Monkees record "I'm a Believer" at New York's RCA studios. In 1966 "Reach Out I'll Be There" by

Today In History...

In 1783 Pilatra deRozier becomes the first man to fly, in a tethered balloon. In 1860 11-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, NY, writes a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he would look better with a beard. In 1914 The Clayton Antitrust Act is passed. In 1917 Mata Hari, a dutch dancer who had spied for the Germans, is executed by firing squad outside of Paris. In 1928 The German dirigible Graf Zeppelin lands in Lakehust, New Jersey, on its first commercial flight across the Atlantic. In 1937 The Ernest Hemingway novel "To Have And Have Not" is published. In 1939 New York Municipal Airport, later re-named LaGuardia Airport, is dedicated in New York City. In 1940 Charlie Chaplin's first talkie, "The Great Dictator" opens. In 1945 The former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, is executed. In 1946 Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering poisons himself, one day before he was to be executed. In 1951 "I Love Lucy" premieres on CBS te

Born On This Day...

In 1608 Scientist, Evangelista Torricelli (invented the barometer) In 1829 Astronomer, Asaph Hall (discovered the moons of Mars) In 1844 German philosopher/poet, Friedrich Nietzsche In 1858 Boxer, John L. Sullivan (heavyweight champion, 1882-92) In 1872 Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, second wife of President Woodrow Wilson In 1880 Scientist/educator, Marie Stopes (birth control advocate) In 1881 English author/humorist, Pelham Wodehouse (created Jeeves) In 1896 Actor/panelist, Melville Cooper (I've Got A Secret) In 1904 American social activist, Marty Mann [d: 7-22-80] In 1906 Editor/publisher, Alicia Patterson (founded Newsday) [d: 7-2-62] In 1908 Economist, John Kenneth Galbraith [d: 4-29-06] In 1909 Baseball player, Melvin Harder (Indians) [d: 10-20-02] In 1909 Broadcast journalist, Robert Trout (ABC News) [d: 11-14-00] In 1917 Actress, Jan Miner (Madge in Palmolive commercials) [d: 2-15-04] In 1917 Author/historian, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. [d: 2-28-07] In 1918 Playwright, Robert Ed

Music Calendar...

In 1939 Jazz great Coleman Hawkins records "Body & Soul." In 1940 Glenn Miller records "Make Believe Ballroom Time." In 1960 Aretha Franklin makes her singing debut as a pop singer at New York's Village Vangaurd. In 1963 Dusty Springfield leaves the Springfields for a solo career. In 1965 Gerry Marsden of Gerry & the Pacemakers marries his former fan club secretary in Liverpool. In 1965 The Supremes make their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." In 1967 "Yoko Plus Me" art exhibit opens in London (the me was John Lennon). In 1967 Barbra Streisand's TV special, "The Belle of 14th Street," airs on CBS-TV. In 1969 Blues Artist Muddy Waters escapes death in a Illinois auto accident that kills 3 others. In 1971 John Lennon's single "Imagine" is released in the U.S. In 1974 Bachman-Turner Overdrive's self-titled album is certified gold. In 1975 "Island Girl" by Elton John, "Fly, Robin, F