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  • 1963 Featured ArtistThe Beatles’ "I Want To Hold Your Hand" replaces "She Loves You" at #1. It’s the first time in U.K. chart history an act replaces itself at the top. 1963


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  • Bassist Cliff Williams (AC/DC) has a birthday. Though AC/DC hails from Australia, Williams is from Romford, Essex, England. 1949

    Mike Scott, guitarist/singer with the Waterboys ("The Whole Of The Moon"), is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1958

    With the title track clocking in at 17:05, the Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da Vida” goes gold. The album stays on the album chart for nearly three years. 1968

    Born To Boogie, a film about T-Rex and Marc Bolan, makes its London debut. The film was produced and directed by Ringo Starr. 1972

    All Time Low’s frontman Alexander "Alex" Gaskarth is born in Essex, U.K. 1987

    Clint Lowery leaves Sevendust. Dropped by their label, the band is mired in disputes. Lowery returns four years later. 2004

    A public memorial is held in Arlington, TX, for Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott who was shot to death on-stage in Columbus, OH, on December 8th. Former Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell performs and there are eulogies from Eddie Van Halen and Zakk Wylde. Ex-Chains bassist Mike Inez and members of Slipknot attend. 2004

    Hot legs. A lawsuit is filed in L.A. Superior Court claiming that a soccer ball kicked from the stage during an August 31st Rod Stewart concert at the Hollywood Bowl caused a concertgoer "personal injuries, physical disability and physical and emotional distress, pain and suffering." Wow, might be a good idea to duck next time - or pay attention. Stewart, a one-time aspiring soccer player, ceased kicking soccer balls into the audience when similar suits mounted in the ‘80s. 2004

    Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Page is recognized for his charitable work with underprivileged Brazilian youth over the past decade. "I would never have expected to have an award for my humble efforts," says the axeman. 2005

    Billboard magazine says The Police's reunion tour, which earned more than $210 million, is the highest-grossing tour of ‘07. Another reunion trek, this one by Genesis, netted approximately $129 million to land at #2 on the list. Billboard also names Daughtry's self-titled debut the top-selling album of the year. In addition, Nickelback's “All The Right Reasons” and Linkin Park's “Minutes To Midnight” are in the survey’s Top 20. Papa Roach’s "Forever" is the #1 single for the year on the Mainstream Rock chart. 2007

    President Barack Obama appoints Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions. “All of us have a role to play in helping address some of our nation's most serious problems," says Bon Jovi. The Council was created in ’09 “to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs." 2010

    Seether’s “Country Song,” the lead single from the group’s fifth studio album, “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray,” is named Billboard's Active Rock Song of the Year. 2011

    The Black Keys “El Camino” sells 206,000 copies in its first week to debut at #2 on the Billboard Album Chart (behind Michael Buble's “Christmas"). It is a career best for the duo. 2011

    News arrives that the railway platform where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met by accident will be marked with a blue plaque - a permanent sign that commemorates either a famous person or historical moment. The future Rolling Stones, who had gone to the same primary school, ran into each other at Dartford Station on 10/17/61. The encounter led to the formation of the Stones. 2013

    Paramore announce that bassist Jeremy Davis has left the band in what his former colleagues call a "painful" split. Frontwoman Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York vow they'll keep Paramore going. 2015

    EyeHateGod frontman Mike Williams undergoes successful liver-transplant surgery, less than a month after a crowdfunding effort raises nearly $70,000 for the operation. 2016

    Liam Gallagher (former Oasis frontman) is the voice of Sammy the Snowman in a U.K. public service announcement produced by the Climate Coalition. In the clip Sammy is melting in the wintertime due to rising global temperatures. 2017

    Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor plays an acoustic fundraising benefit set in Las Vegas for Star Treatments, a charity founded by Pop Evil's Matt DiRito. The effort covers transportation costs for children to their medical appointments using a limo or bus for "Rock-star treatment." 2018