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Today in Rock: June 30

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Today in Rock: June 30
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Chet “Mr. Guitar” Atkins
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1943 and 2001.

On this day in 1943 Florence Ballard, future member of The Supremes, is born in Detroit, Michigan.

On this day in 1965 The Beatles play at the Palais des Fetes in Niza, France.

On this day in 1966 The Beatles play at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

On this day in 1973 George Harrison's “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” dislodges Paul McCartney and Wings' “My Love” from the number one slot on the U.S. singles charts.

On this day in 1974 (onward) The “Song of the Day” on man y radio stations would be Bobby Goldsboro’s cut "Summer (The First Time)" which was released in 1973. The lyrics include the line: "It was a hot afternoon, the last day of June", according to the Bobby Goldsboro song,

On this day 1977 Marvel Comics publishes a Kiss comic book with a vial of their blood mixed into the ink.

On this day 1985 Phil Collins' “Sussudio” hits number one in the US.

On this day 1990 Paul McCartney plays the Knebworth concert.

On this day in 2000 during a Pearl Jam concert at Denmark's Roskilde Festival, nine people are crushed to death as the crowd rushed the stage. (Investigations have concluded that the events were an accident.) Several people fell and couldn't get up, and in addition, crowdsurfers were falling into the open area. Pearl Jam stopped the show and asked people to back up, but it was too late. (As a result, many European venues have banned crowdsurfing. The Pearl Jam song "Love Boat Captain" refers to the events with the line "Lost nine friends we'll never know... two years ago today.")

On this day 2001 Chet “Mr. Guitar” Atkins dies at the age of 77.

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