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Today in Rock: May 16

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Today in Rock: May 16
Today in Rock: May 16
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Ronnie James Dio
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There were several significant events on this day between the years 1955 and 2010.

On this day in 1955 future singer-songwriter Hazel O'Connor is born in Coventry, England.

On this day in 1965 The Rolling Stones' limo is attacked by a flock of female fans on the way back to their hotel after a concert in Long Beach, California. Standing on the roof in such numbers, the girls cave in the roof. While the group holds the roof up with their hands, the chauffeur speeds away, leaving the girls to fall on the road.

On this day in 1966 singer/dancer/actress Janet Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana. Also on this day The Beatles are in the studio working on “Taxman” and “For No One”. Finally, on this day The Beach Boys release their platter Pet Sounds.

On this day in 1970 Randy Bachman quits The Guess Who to produce an LP for Winnipeg band Brave Belt, (which he eventually joins). At the Neil Young’s suggestion, Bachman (later) recruits fellow Winnipeg bassist and vocalist C.F. Turner, and the band Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born. Also on this day Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's LP Deja Vu hits number one in the US. On this day in 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings' “Silly Love Songs” hits number one in the US.

On this day in 1983 Michael Jackson introduces his dance step the "moonwalk" at the taping of the Motown 25th Anniversary TV special (although this was actually only 23 years after Motown formed).

On this day in 2000 The Artist Formerly Known As Prince announces that he will start using the name Prince again.

On this day in 2007 Parma, Italy names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

On this day in 2010 Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio dies at the age of 68.

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