This Day In Rock History: January 20th


It’s important to know your rock history, here at Radio NOVA we bring you ten rock stories from the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and the noughties.

On this day in rock history: January 20th.

1965: The Kinks and the Rolling Stones appeared on the American musical variety series ‘Shindig!’, with Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Dave Clark Five.


1966: A three day ‘Trip Festival’ takes place in San Francisco featuring LSD advocates Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and the Grateful Dead.

1967: The Monkees‘ television show airs on British TV for the first time.

1968: Bob Dylan returns to the stage for the first time since his motorcycle accident in 1966. The singer joined Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot on stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

1969: While attending college in New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen had two of his poems published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook.

1982: Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat, thinking it was a fake plastic toy. He was quickly taken to hospital to receive rabies shots.

1988: The Beatles, the Drifters, Bob Dylan, and the Supremes are all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1997: Ice Cream connoisseurs Ben and Jerry, launch a new flavoured ice cream named after the British rock band Phish. The flavour was called ‘Phish Food’, it included choclate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish shaped fudge.

2000: The tourism board of Liverpool bans road signs with the phrase ‘Liverpool, the Birthplace of The Beatles‘, for fear that it will distract motorists.

2001: Bono and Billy Bragg attended a memorial service for Kirsty MacColl who died in a boating accident.