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The Who's cataclysmic drummer, Keith Moon (far left), is born. 1947
1960's  Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) has a birthday. The guitarist hails from Point Pleasant, NJ. 1961

John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell in Liverpool. Paul McCartney and George Harrison attend. 1962

The Beatles release "She Loves You" in the United Kingdom. It sets a British sales record remaining on the chart for thirty-one consecutive weeks. 1963

The Beatles perform at the Hollywood Bowl. Selections from this concert and the one a year later comprise "The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl" album. 1964

The Beatles arrive in NY for their historic concert at Shea Stadium. 1966

Britain's Top Of The Pops rejects the Rolling Stones film for their song "We Love You." They find it unsuitable. 1967

The New York Rock Festival (held in Queens) has the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Big Brother & the Holding Company. 1968

Ringo Starr, disgusted with how he`s being treated leaves The Beatles. He returns a week later and finds his drum set strewn with flowers. They missed him after all. 1968

The Rolling Stones top the pop chart with "Honky Tonk Women." Released the day after Brian Jones' funeral, it's the group's first hit with guitarist Mick Taylor (Jones' replacement). 1969

The self titled-debut, "Blind Faith," enters the U.S. album chart eventually reaching #1. With that kind of success you'd think Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech would give it another shot-but no. 1969
1970's  Lou Reed leaves the Velvet Underground. 1970

Max Weinberg joins Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band on drums. 1974

Former Free guitarist Paul Kossoff's heart stops beating for several minutes. Doctors revive him but Kossoff's poor health claims his life the following year. 1975

"Fleetwood Mac," with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks (for the first time), is released. It is one of the all-time best sellers. 1975

The Strokes vocalist Julian Casablancas sees his first light of day. 1978
David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes" tops the U.K. charts. Meanwhile, Ontario, Canada's Heatwave Festival has The Talking Heads, The Pretenders and Elvis Costello. 1980

1990's  Duran Duran earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1993

Liam Gallagher has laryngitis so his guitarist brother Noel sings on Oasis' MTV Unplugged session. 1996

Exactly one year later, Oasis make news again. "Be Here Now" moves 696,000 copies in the first two days of its release becoming the fastest selling album in the U.K. Of course, it tops the chart. 1997

2000's  Killer Queen. "Queen's Greatest Hits" is released in Iran. Queen is the first Rock band to receive the official seal of approval in Iran even though Western music is strictly prohibited and homosexuality is considered a serious crime. Queen's late singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDs in '91, was of Iranian ancestry. 2004

Velvet Revolver replaces Iron Maiden on the last seven Ozzfest dates. A prior tour obligation forces Iron Maiden to bail (and not a moment too soon since they were pelted with eggs and ran afoul of Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife, during their last show). Velvet Revolver's first show is in Albuquerque. 2005

Nine Inch Nails earn the Icon award and Judas Priest receive the Hall of Fame honor at the 14th annual Kerrang! Awards in London. My Chemical Romance snags the Best International Band honor. 2007

Dr. Brian May, if you please. The Queen guitarist finally earns his doctorate degree in astrophysics from London's Imperial College. May aces a three-hour oral exam in which he discusses his thesis, Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud. "I'm going to be proud to call myself doctor from now on," says May. He started work on his Ph.D 36 years earlier but was obviously sidetracked. 2007

Blur's Dave Rowntree writes an editorial decrying the United Kingdom's drug policy. "What I'm hoping for in 2008 is a strategy based on research, education and harm reduction," writes the drummer. Rowntree says he became addicted to alcohol and cocaine in the '90s. "I managed to get help before they destroyed my life and these days I'm active in the recovery community." 2007

The Sky Academy Concerts begin in L.A. The two-day event is organized and headlined by original Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth and features Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. The Sky Academy, founded by Roth, is a music education facility. 2007

Daughtry's Las Vegas concert on is filmed for AOL Music and is streamed in it entirety eight days later. 2007

Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger unveils an orchestral composition at UCLA in Los Angeles. "He's moving into ambitious territory," says singer Brandon Boyd. 2008

The seventh annual edition of the Layne Staley (the late Alice In Chains frontman) Tribute and Benefit Concert takes place in Seattle. Hurt and Tantric are the headliners. The show raises money for local substance-abuse rehabilitation and education programs via the Layne Staley Fund. 2008

Aerosmith's "You Gotta Move," from '08's "Honkin' On Bobo," is the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment's SummerSlam event at Staples Center in L.A. 2009
Bret Michaels (Poison) and Today's Natalie Morales host the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. Jimena Navarrete, Miss Mexico, is crowned Miss Universe. 2010

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach gets divorced from Stephanie Gonis. She gets a $5 million settlement. But here’s the kicker. Gonis is awarded one of Auerbach's prized possessions; a lock of Bob Dylan's hair. 2013

Rockastar Sports Group, with Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, is awarded an Arena Football League expansion team franchise in Las Vegas. 2014

Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses), Mark Arm (Mudhoney) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season) create a one-night only supergroup to pay tribute to Iggy Pop And The Stooges. They perform on the roof of Seattle's Pike Place Market. 2015

Patti Smith's elegy for the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force airs. Smith is a show fan. 2015