Today In Rock History 7/31/18


  • Dean Cain (actor, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of SupermanRipley’s Believe It Or NotLas Vegas) (52)
  • J. K. Rowling (British writer, author of the Harry Potter books) (53)
  • Wesley Snipes (actor, Major LeagueNew Jack CityWhite Men Can’t JumpDemolition ManMurder At 1600, the Blade movies) (56)
  • Bill Berry (former drummer, R.E.M.) (60)
  • Hugh McDowell (cellist, the Electric Light Orchestra) (65)
  • Pat Cooper (actor-comedian, Analyze ThisAnalyze ThatThe Aristocrats) (89)
  • Shawn Michael Howard (actor, NYPD BlueExtreme Dating) (49)
  • Gary Lewis (singer-drummer, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, “This Diamond Ring”; son of Jerry Lewis) (73, disputed)
  • Geraldine Chaplin (actress, Doctor ZhivagoNashvilleA Wedding, daughter of Charlie Chaplin) (74)
  • B.J. Novak (actor, The OfficeInglourious Basterds) (39)
  • Alexis Knapp (actress, Pitch Perfect movies) (29)


1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the Continental Army after offering help to the rebelling American colonists.
1930, the radio mystery program The Shadow airs for the first time.

1954, K2 in the Himalayas, the second tallest mountain in the world, was first climbed, by an Italian expedition.

1967 A British drug conviction against Rolling Stones singer-guitarist Keith Richards is dismissed on the grounds of inadmissible evidence, while lead singer Mick Jagger sees his own narcotics conviction reduced to a conditional discharge.

1968 The Beatles close their Apple Boutique in London and give away all the remaining stock for free.

1971, U.S. astronauts David Scott and James Irwin, part of the Apollo 15 crew, went for the first ever drive on the moon on their Lunar Roving Vehicle, the “moon buggy.”

1976, Blue Oyster Cult releases “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”
1987Guns N Roses releases “Appetite For Destruction.”

1993 Allman Brothers Band singer-guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested in Saratoga Springs, New York, after a shoving match with police, which followed an argument with his wife. Betts misses much of the rest of the Allmans summer tour when he seeks help for alcoholism, and the band recruits substitutes including Zakk WyldeDavid Grissom, and Jack Pearson.
1995Selena‘s “Dreaming of You” debuts at number one on the Billboard chart.

2007, iTunes sells 3 billion songs.
2006Fidel Castro gives his brother, Raul, temporary power.