1919 – The Radio Corporation of America, soon to be simply known as RCA, is founded by General Electric.

1960 – Dion & The Belmonts breakup becomes official when it is reported in Billboard magazine.

1962 – The Beatles make their very first television appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television’s People And Places. The band performs two songs: “Some Other Guy” and “Love Me Do.”

1963 – The Beatles record “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and the first of their “Christmas Records,” spoken word greetings sent out on vinyl to members of their fan club.

1964 – The Rolling Stones release 12X5.

1967Hair, the world’s first hippie rock musical, makes its public debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

1968 – Jose Feliciano releases his controversial, bluesy rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

1977 – Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Street Survivors. Three days later, vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines (Steve’s sister), and the band’s road manager Dean Kilpatrick are killed when their plane crashed in Gillsburg, MS. The other four members of the band are seriously injured but survived the crash.

1989 – The first practice by the San Francisco band Four Non Blondes is postponed because of an earthquake, which also disrupts the World Series.

1995 – Rhino Home Video releases 58 episodes of The Monkees on 21 cassettes. It is the largest video boxed set to be released to date.

2008 – Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy album is finally announced to be released after more than a decade of waiting.


Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.