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  • After initially ignoring The Beatles' U.K. popularity Capitol Records finally relents and releases "Meet The Beatles" with the hit single "I Want To Hold Your Hand," in the U.S. 1964

    Paul Stanley Eisen is born in Queens. The guitarist drops "Eisen" by the time he joins KISS. 1950

    Bassist Ian Hill is born in West Bromwich, England. He's a founding member of Judas Priest. 1952

    Radio station KWK in St. Louis smashes all its Rock n' Roll records in a useless effort to weed out "undesirable music."

    The man credited with coining the term "Rock n' Roll," the legendary DJ and promoter Alan Freed dies just as the whole thing is about to shift into high gear. 1965

    The Rolling Stones appear on the season premiere of ABC's pop music show Shindig. They bring Blues great Howlin' Wolf along as special guest. 1965

    The Byrds cover Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." However, only group leader/guitarist Jim McGuinn is allowed to play on the track. CBS Records decides to use Hollywood session musicians rather than the group. 1965

    Bob Dylan makes his first public appearance since his motorcycle accident in '66. He appears with the Band at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 1968

    Stevie Wonder returns to the stage for the first time since a near-fatal car accident a few months earlier. The performance is at the MIDEM Music Festival in Cannes, France. 1974

    Robert (Rob) Gregory Bourdon, Linkin Park's drummer, is born in Calabasas, CA. He takes up the drums at age ten after attending an Aerosmith concert (with his mom). 1979

    Matthew "Matt" Tuck, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist for Bullet for My Valentine, has a birthday. 1980

    The Police launch their first world tour in Buffalo, NY (of all places). 1980

    The Beatles, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria. Due to continuing legal issues among the ex-Beatles, Paul McCartney does not attend but George Harrison does. "I don't have much to say 'cause I'm the quiet Beatle'," deadpans Harrison in his speech. 1988

    A New York federal court rules that former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson had relinquished his share of the group's royalties in a prior agreement. Ellefson sued the group' founder and frontman Dave Mustaine for $18.5 million claiming he deserved a greater share of the group's royalties. Guess not. 2005

    3 Doors Down perform at the RIAA's (Record Industry Association of America) inauguration party (for President Bush) in Washington, D.C. 2005

    U2 are named the top-earning music act of '05, according to Billboard's inaugural Money Makers chart which ranks the most profitable artists of the past year based on album sales, digital downloads and box-office receipts. The group earns more than $255 million to rule the tally. The Rolling Stones are #2. 2006

    Bon Jovi sings the civil rights anthem "A Change Is Gonna Come" at President Barack Obama's inauguration in D.C. Across town, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne co-headline the Health For All Blue Diamond Ball. The event seeks to encourage the President to make domestic and international health care a priority during his term of office. 2009

    Vampire Weekend is #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with their sophomore effort, "Contra." The album sold 124,000 copies in its first week. Their self-titled debut only made it to #17. 2010

    Three Days Grace's "Break," the lead single off the band's third album, "Life Starts Now," tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart for the eighth straight week. "It's really just about if you don't like the situation you're in or what's going on around you, it's entirely up to you to break out of it," says guitarist Barry Stock in an interview. 2010

    Weezer returns to the stage at Florida State University seven weeks after frontman Rivers Cuomo was seriously injured in a tour bus accident. Cuomo suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and cut spleen in the 12/6/09 accident that occurred while the band was traveling from Toronto to Boston. 2010

    Linkin Park, Slash and Dave Matthews Band donate songs to raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The Music for Relief organization - founded by Linkin Park - joins the United Nations foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Dave Matthews Band's BAMA Works to offer the music in exchange for donations. 2010

    Avenged Sevenfold announce via Facebook that Arin Ilejay, formerly of the Christian group Confide, will join them on tour. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) temporarily replaced original A7X drummer "The Rev" Sullivan, who died of a drug overdose in '09. Portnoy's departure was announced the previous December; just three-and-a-half months after becoming a full band member. 2011

    Ex-Machine Head bassist Adam Duce files a lawsuit against his former bandmates alleging trademark infringement, breach of partnership agreement and defamation. Duce was fired by the band nearly a year earlier. 2014

    Fall Out Boy unfurl "American Beauty/American Psycho." "(The album is meant) to capture what rages on the inside, how what we all feel is permanent and impermanent all at once," states a band release. 2015

    "No Cities To Love" is a comeback effort by Sleater-Kinney. It's their first album in nearly a decade. 2015

    Black Sabbath embark on the North American leg of their farewell tour in Omaha. Tommy Clufetos replaces original drummer Bill Ward who is sidelined due to any one or all of the following: a) ill health, b) a contractual dispute, and/or c) bitter exchanges with frontman Ozzy Osbourne. 2016

    Sixx: AM, the band featuring Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, announce that Dustin Steinke is their permanent drummer. Steinke made his live debut with the band nearly a year earlier. 2016

    Following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Audioslave (Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk plus Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell) perform at the Prophets of Rage and Friends Anti-Inaugural Ball at the Teragram Ballroom in LA. It’s Audioslave’s first concert since they disbanded in ‘07. 2017

    Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) and Doug Martsch (Built To Spill) contribute to “Battle Hymns,” a collection of "protest songs" with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and 2017

    The Women's International Music Network (the WiMN) present singer/songwriter/guitarist Lita Ford with the She Rocks Award, which recognizes women who stand out as role models in the music industry. Also, Ford and Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) are among those heard on the "She Rocks, Volume 1" compilation. 2017