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Today in Rock: June 12

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Today in Rock: June 12
Today in Rock: June 12
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Carl Gardner
Courtesy of TOO

There were several significant events on this day between the years 1979 and 2011.

On this day in 1979 future pop artist Robyn is born in Stockholm, Sweden.

On this day in 1982 Remember "No Nukes"? It was a big movement in the '80s during the Cold War, and on this day the largest political rally in US history took place when about 750,000 people went to New York's Central Park for the Rally for Nuclear Disarmament, which featured performances by Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and Gary "U.S." Bonds.

On this day in 1984 Howard Jones' debut album Human's Lib is released in the US.

On this day in 1987 The Los Angeles Coroner's Office rules that blues legend Paul Butterfield died from a heart attack caused by decades of drug and alcohol abuse.

On this day in 1989 The Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, a section of Graceland devoted to twenty of the King's vintage cars, opens to the public.

On this day in 1995 Westwood One radio broadcasts Paul McCartney’s radio show “Oobu Joobu” (Part 5).

On this day in 2000 Bruce Springsteen debuts his new song, “American Skin (41 Shots)”, which protests the NYPD killing of unarmed suspect (who shall remain nameless here),to resounding boos at Madison Square Garden.

On this day in 2003 Little Richard, Van Morrison, Queen, and Phil Collins are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

On this day in 2007 Canada issues postage stamps honoring Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and Paul Anka.

On this day in 2009 at the Bonnaroo festival, Beastie Boys play together for the last time, as Adam Yauch (MCA) would soon be diagnosed with cancer.

On this day in 2011 Coasters singer Carl Gardner, who sang lead on their hits “Charlie Brown” and “Yakety Yak” died of heart failure at age 83.