This Day in Rock – January 11

Join Gunner as he goes over all the important Rock dates in history weekdays at 3:50. Relive all the chart-topping moments, milestones, bad breakups and first times again.

There will be no hall pass today. Here’s what happened today in Rock N’ Roll.

ON THIS DAY:
1902 Popular Mechanics magazine is published for the first time.
1935 Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean, flying from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Oakland, California.
1942 Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons (saxophone player, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is born. He dies in June 2011 after suffering a stroke.
1963 The famed Whiskey-A-Go-Go, where the Doors would be discovered, opens in Los Angeles.
1964 U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issues the first government report that indicates smoking might be hazardous to people’s health.
1973 The designated hitter rule is adopted by Major League Baseball’s American League on a trial basis. Under the rule, an additional player is used to bat for the pitcher.
1989 Outgoing President Ronald Reagan says goodbye to the nation in a farewell address from the Oval Office.
1992 “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it spends two weeks. That same day, Nevermind hits Number One on the album chart, where it also spends two weeks.
1999 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart premieres on Comedy Central
2000 Gary Glitter is released from a British prison after serving four months for possession of child pornography.
2000 The Beastie Boys re-sign with Capitol Records for a long-term recording deal.
2002 The first group of prisoners from Afghanistan arrive at a U.S. military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2003 Green Day announces that they have collaborated with Iggy Pop on two songs for his new album.
2003 Governor George Ryan clears the Illinois death row, commuting the sentences of 167 condemned inmates. The move comes three years after Ryan temporarily stops executions to examine the system’s fairness, and two days before he leaves office. Most of the sentences are commuted to life in prison without parole.
2005 The Black Crowes announce that they will end a two-year hiatus with a five-show run in New York City in March.
2005 Courtney Love is harassed outside a Los Angeles courtroom by Seattle public access host Richard Lee, who has claimed for years that Love had her husband Kurt Cobain murdered.
2006 The third album from the Strokes, titled First Impressions Of Earth, debuts at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart with sales of 88,000 copies in its first week of release.
2007 My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero abruptly returns home to the U.S. from a Japanese tour when he is felled by a sinus infection.
2017 Red Hot Chili PeppersU2 and The Weeknd are announced as the headliners of the 2017 edition of the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS:

  • Tom Dumont (guitarist, No Doubt) (51)
  • Tom Rowlands (DJ, the Chemical Brothers) (48)
  • Amanda Peet (actress, The Whole Nine YardsIdentitySomething’s Gotta GiveThe X-Files: I Want to Believe) (47)
  • Kyle Richards (actress/reality TV star, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) (50)
  • Mary J. Blige (singer, actress, Mudbound) (48)

And that’s what happened today in Rock ‘N’ Roll…

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