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August 31

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1775 - Composer Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa was born.

1834 - Composer Amilcare Ponchielli was born.

1928 - "Die Dreigoschenoper" ("Threepenny Opera") premiered in Berlin. The music was by Kurt Weill.

1939 - Frank Sinatra recorded "All or Nothing at All" with the Harry James Band.

1967 - The Beatles announced that they would handle their own affairs following the death of manager Brian Epstein.
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1968 - Danny Kirwan joined Fleetwood Mac.
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1969 - Bob Dylan made his first paid appearance at England's Isle of Wight Pop Festival since his motorcycle accident three years earlier.

1974 - The Rolling Stones released "Goat's Head Soup."
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1974 - "The Partridge Family" television show ended.

1974 - In federal court, John Lennon testified the Nixon administration tried to have him deported because of his involvement with the anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami, FL.

1976 - A judge ruled that George Harrison was guilty of copying from the song "Hes So Fine" (by the Chiffons).

1987 - Michael Jackson's "Bad" video was televised for the first time on CBS-TV.
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1989 - The Rolling Stones began their first concert tour in eight years at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, PA. There was a pre-tour 'surprise show' in New Haven, CT, on August 12.

1991 - Metallica's self-titled album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It was released on August 12.

1997 - James Brown became the first U.S. artist to appear in Lebanon following the recent lift of the ban on U.S. travel to the country.

1997 - The Microsoft Network netcast U2's performance in Dublin.
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1998 - Madonna filed suit against the YMCA to prevent it from building a high-rise residential tower near Lincoln Center in New York City, NY.

2005 - Toby Keith announced that he was starting his own label named Show Dog Nashville Records.

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