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Today in Rock: August 23

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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1945 and 2005.

On this day in 1946 Keith Moon, future drummer for The Who, is born in London, England.

On this day in 1962 John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell at the Registrar office in Liverpool with Paul McCartney as best man. His wedding night is spent playing a gig with The Beatles at the nearby Riverpark Ballroom.

On this day in 1964 The Beatles play a concert at the Hollywood Bowl intended for a live album, but the screaming crowd lowers the sound quality and the album is scrapped.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles platter Help! goes gold.

On this day in 1966 during their last tour of the US, The Beatles again play New York's famed Shea Stadium; however, numerous recent concerts in the area make selling out the show an impossibility.

On this day in 1968 Ringo Starr walks out on the The Beatles (aka "White Album") sessions and takes a vacation. Paul McCartney takes his place on drums for “Back In The U.S.S.R.” and “Dear Prudence”, but The Beatles welcome Ringo back with flowers on his drum kit when he returns.

On this day in 1969 The Rolling Stones' “Honky Tonk Women” hits number one.

On this day in 1974 the papers report that John Lennon, while staying in mistress' May Pang's New York apartment during his infamous "lost weekend," has spotted a UFO. John's next LP, Walls and Bridges, contains this notation in the inner booklet: "On 23 August 1974, I saw a UFO J.L."

On this day in 1980 David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes" hits number one on the UK chart.

On this day in 2005 Hal Kalin of The Kalin Twins dies at the age of 71.