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Rock Almanac/Notable Events
June 18th thru June 24th
Tuesday June 18th
1682 William Penn founded the city of
1812 The War of 1812 began when Congress declared war against
1815 Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by British, German, and Dutch forces.
1873 Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
1928 Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the
1948 Columbia Records unveiled the new long-playing 33-1/3 record.
1977 Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz are married.
1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.
1984 At the end Judas Priest’s concert at
2000 Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes.
2010 John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song 'A Day in the Life' sold for $1.2m at an auction at Sotheby's in
1942 Paul McCartney
Wednesday June 19th
1862 Congress abolished slavery in the
1867 The first running of the Belmont Stakes.
1934 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was created.
1953 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg are executed after being convicted of spying for the
1964 The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved.
1967 Having admitted to taking LSD four tines during an interview with Life Magazine, Beatle Paul McCartney told The Daily Mirror that he didn’t regret that he'd spoken out and hoped that his fans would understand.
1973 Hockey great Gordie Howe came out of retirement at 45 to accept a $1 million contract with the Houston Aeros in order to play with his sons, Mark and Marty.
1977 Pope Paul VI proclaimed John Neumann, the first male saint from the
1978 The comic strip ‘
1950 Ann Wilson, Heart singer
Thursday, June 20th
1837 The reign of Queen
1893 Lizzie Borden, accused of murdering her parents, was found innocent by a jury in
1967 Muhammad Ali was convicted of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted.
1969 David Bowie recorded ‘Space Oddity’ at
1969 Attended by 150,000, the 3 day Newport '69 Festival, featuring Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, CCR, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf and others started in Northridge, CA. Hendrix was paid $125k, which at the time was the highest fee ever paid to a rock artist for a single appearance.
1975 Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ opened in theaters.
1955 Michael Anthony, former Van Halen/current Chickenfoot bassist
Friday June 21st
1893 The first Ferris wheel was displayed at
1966 Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at the Marquee Club,
1966 The Rolling Stones sued fourteen
1970 Pete Townshend’s use of the British slang, "bomb" drew police and FBI action at the
1975 Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form Rainbow.
1982 John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the attempted assassination of President Reagan.
1989 The Who kicked off their first reunion tour in
1997 The WNBA started its first season.
2003 U2 performed at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, held in
1944 Ray Davies, Kinks singer-songwriter
1950 Joey Kramer, drummer for Aerosmith
Saturday June 22nd
1815 Napoleon abdicated his throne for the second time after his defeat at
1937 Joe Louis knocked out James Braddock to win the world heavyweight title. He held onto the title through 25 bouts over for 11 years until his retirement.
1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill of Rights.
1967 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ drug possession trial started in
1981 Mark David Chapman plead guilty to first degree murder charges for the killing of John Lennon, six months earlier.
1984 Aerosmith kicked off their reunion tour with returning guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford at the Capitol Theatre in
1991 Jimi Hendrix’s lyrics to ‘Room Full of Mirrors’ sell for $35,200 at a
1998 Paul McCartney personally chose and arranged the 45,000 flowers that decorate
2002 U2’s The Edge married his girlfriend of ten years, Morleigh Steinberg. They first met when she was a belly dancer on the band’s Zoo TV tour.
Sunday June 23rd
1846 Belgian musician Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone, an instrument with which he created a sound combining that of wood and brass instruments.
1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for the ''Type-Writer.''
1938 The first aquarium opened in the
1972 President Nixon and H. R. Haldeman discussed ways to obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation. Revelation of this conversation spurred on Nixon's 1974 resignation.
1973 George Harrison started a five-week run at No.1 on the album chart with 'Living in the Material World', his second No.1 album.
1975 Alice Cooper fell off the set of his Welcome To My Nightmare tour in
1976 Paul McCartney and Wings complete their ‘Wings Over America’ tour at the Forum in
1979 Supertramp's album, ‘Breakfast in
1984 Van Halen released ‘
1989 ‘Batman,’ starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, opened in theatres.
1992 Mob boss John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison.
1993 Lorena Bobbitt severed her husband John Wayne Bobbitt's penis and threw it in a field. The appendage was recovered and reattached.
1995 CBS News anchor Dan Rather joined R.E.M. onstage at
2000 Founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, The Experience Music Project museum opened in
1940-1962 Stuart Sutcliffe, original Beatles bassist
Monday, June 24th
1509 Henry VIII was crowned king of
1947 The term "flying saucers” was coined by pilot Kenneth Arnold, as he reported seeing strange objects near
1965 John Lennon's second book, ‘A Spaniard in the Works’ was published.
1967 Pink Floyd made their television debut on the BBC’s ‘Top of the Pops’ where they performed ‘See Emily Play.’
1997 The U.S. Air Force released ‘The Roswell Report,’ closing the case on the 1947
1999 Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction in
2000 Kiss began a two day auction of various stage props, instruments & costumes worn & used throughout their career, bringing in over $875,00.
2004 A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed “Blackie” sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 in
1942 Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac drummer