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Peter, Paul and Mary (Blowin' in the Wind).2

Peter, Paul and Mary play “Blowin’ in the Wind” before Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Donald O'Connor.

Donald O’Connor.

Notable events in music history that have happened on August 28th from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of the blues and rock n’ roll.

1845:  The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published.

1898:  Caleb Bradham invents a carbonated soft drink that later becomes Pepsi-Cola.

1925:  Dancer great and actor Donald O’Connor (“Singin’ in the Rain”) born in Chicago.

1953:  Ella Fitzgerald divorces bass player Ray Brown after 6 yrs of marriage.

Emmett Till and Carolyn Bryant.

Emmett Till and Carolyn Bryant.

1955:  Emmett Till is lynched by Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam in Money, Mississippi.

1960:  Barry White is released from prison at 17 yrs-old, where he had been for stealing 300 tires from a Cadillac dealership.  In prison he had heard Elvis’ “It’s Now or Never,” and he was determined to have a music career.

1962:  Tony Sheridan and The Beatles record “Ya Ya” in Hamburg (Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, with Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best.)

Martin Luther King.

Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream” speech.

1963:  Martin Luther King gives his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Peter, Paul and Mary play “Blowin’ In The Wind” before he speaks.

1964:  The Beatles smoke pot for the first time (with Bob Dylan who was surprised they had not seen it before).

1965:  Bob Dylan booed for playing electric guitar at a concert in Forest Hills, New York, and on the same day country singer Shania Twain (“You’re Still the One”) born in Windsor, Ontario.

Bob Dylan at Forrest Hills, N.Y. concert.

Bob Dylan at Forrest Hills, N.Y. concert.

1968:  The Beatles start recording “Dear Prudence,” and on the same day Chicago police beat protestors at the Democratic National Convention.

1969:  Actor, comedian and singer Jack Black (Tenacious D) born in Santa Monica.

1970:  The Jackson 5 release “I’ll Be There,” and it becomes Billboard Song of the Year.

Marvin Gaye.

Marvin Gaye.

1971:  John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” hits No. 2 on the Hot 100.

1973:  Deep Purple hits gold with “Smoke on the Water,” and on the same day Marvin Gaye releases “Let’s Get It On,” and it becomes the Song of the Year on Billboard.  Also on the same day hip hop, rap dj DJ Assault (“Ass-N-Titties”, “Straight Up Detroit”) born in Detroit.

1982:  Country singer LeAnn Rimes (“Blue”) born in Jackson, Mississippi.

1986:  Tina Turner gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Beyonce.

Beyonce.

1990:  Iraq declares Kuwait to be a their new province (that didn’t work out very well).

1996:  Prince Charles and Diana divorce.

2003:  Beyonce, Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake win at the 20th Video Music Awards, and Britney Spears and Madonna stir things up with a big juicy kiss.

Lou Rawls.

Lou Rawls.

2004:  Singer Lou Rawls Lou Rawls is awarded an honorary doctorate from Ohio’s Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United Negro College Fund.

2005:  Art Garfunkle busted for having pot again.

2007:  New York punk rock club CBGB’s founder, Hilly Kristal leaves us.

2009:  Amy Winehouse divorces her husband due to adultery, and on the same day Brit band Oasis breaks up for good.

2011:  Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber win at the 28th Video Music Awards.

2016:  Beyonce wins Video of the Year and the 33rd MTV Video Music Awards.

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