Music History for Friday, 8/1/14
2012 - Tony Sly, frontman for punk rock band No Use for a Name, died. He was 41.
2009 - Daughtry’s second album, Leave This Town, was number one.
2007 - The Police played the first of two sold-out reunion shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
2004 - Ashlee Simpson began a five-week run at number one on the album chart with Autobiography.
2001 - MTV threw itself a 20th birthday party at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.
2000 - The release date for Madonna's single, "Music," was bumped up two weeks after the track was found on the Internet as an illegal mp3.
1998 - U.S. book and music retailer Borders opened its first European store in London's Oxford Street.
1997 - Ireland's Supreme Court said it was okay for U2 to play two concerts on their Popmart tour at Landsdowne Road Stadium in Dublin. The week before, Ireland's High Court banned the two gigs, fearing excessive noise and assorted mayhem.
1996 - M2 launched, with the video for Beck’s “Where It’s At” kicking off the commercial-free music video channel. M2 became MTV2 in 1999 and its format has since expanded to include music and non-music shows.
1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announced they had been married 11 weeks earlier in a private ceremony in the Dominican Republic.
1994 - The Rolling Stones kicked off their 12th tour of North America in Washington, D.C. They declined an invite to perform at The White House.
1987 - MTV Europe was launched. The first video played was "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits.
1987 - Bob Seger had his first number one single with "Shakedown" from the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II.
1987 - Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart married ex-Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey. They divorced in 1996.
1981 - MTV was launched. The first video played was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.
1981 - Rick Springfield had the number one song with "Jessie’s Girl."
1980 - George Harrison formed a production company called Hand Made Films Productions.
1974 - Pete Townshend and Keith Moon joined Eric Clapton onstage for an appearance at the Omni in Atlanta, with Townshend jamming on "Layla" and Moon singing along on "Little Queenie." Townshend later brought a little Who to the end by smashing a plastic ukulele over Clapton's head.
1971 - George Harrison hosted the Concert for Bangladesh at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Harrison performed live, along with Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell and others. Ravi Shankar opened the show.
1971 - CBS launched The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour as a summer replacement show. It was renewed for the fall and ran for three seasons.
1970 - The film Performance, starring MICK JAGGER, premiered in London.
1964 - The Beatles had their fifth U.S. number one single in seven months when "A Hard Day's Night" hit the top spot.
1963 - The first issue of Beatles Monthly magazine was published. It stayed in print until 1969. At its peak, the mag sold 350-thousand copies a month.
1960 - Aretha Franklin made her first non-gospel recordings.
1960 - Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper, Young World.
1960 - Chubby Checker released "The Twist."
General History for Friday, 8/1/14
1779 - Francis Scott Key was born. He was an American composer, attorney, poet and social worker, as well as the composer of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
1790 - The first United States census was completed, showing a population of nearly four million people.
1873 - The world's first cable streetcar was put into operation by inventor Andrew S. Hallidie in San Francisco.
1930 - The first flashbulb went off. The inventor, a fellow named Eastman, called it a "blinding flash of inspiration."
1936 - The Olympic Games opened in Berlin, as Adolph Hitler presided over the festivities and opening ceremonies.
1960 - Pentel introduced the narrow-line felt-tip pen -- which the industry now calls a "porous point" pen -- to the American market. Nowadays, one in every three people who write with ink uses a thin-line porous-point pen.
1978 - The first law to make pet owners clean up so-called canine waste was passed in New York City. The city was averaging 60 tons of pet waste a day and the law forced an owner to use the ever-popular "pooper scooper" or face a $50 fine.
1986 - Tennis star John McEnroe married actress Tatum O'Neal.
1986 - Bert Blyleven became only the 10th pitcher to strike out three thousand batters in his career.
1993 - Reggie Jackson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1995 - Westinghouse Electric Corporation struck a deal to buy CBS for 5.4 billion dollars. Just a day earlier, Walt Disney had agreed to buy Capital Cities-ABC for 19 billion.
1999 - A heat wave that had gripped the nation since mid-July finally broke. Nearly 200 deaths were attributed to the heat and humidity.
2001 - The Federal Trade Commission cleared the way for PepsiCo to acquire Quaker Oats for roughly 13.4 billion dollars in stock.
2009 - At least 34 private radio stations in Venezuela were closed indefinitely Friday because they were not broadcasting the official state-run news provided by leftist dictator Hugo Chavez.
2011 - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the floor of the House of Representatives for a debt ceiling vote. It was the first time she’d been back in the chamber since being grievously wounded by a gunman during a January assassination attempt.
2012 - Eight women's badminton doubles players were disqualified from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for attempting to lose on purpose or "not using one's best efforts to win a match."
2013 - Oprah Winfrey made her second appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. The TV titan, who once famously feuded with Letterman, stopped by to promote her latest film, The Butler.