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February 12

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1760 - Composer Jan Ladislav Dussek was born.

1924 - Bandleader Paul Whiteman presented his unique symphonic jazz at the Aeolian Hall in New York City. The concert featured the first public performance of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue."

1942 - Mildred Bailey recorded "More Than You Know" on Decca Records.

1956 - Screamin' Jay Hawkins recorded "I Put a Spell On You."

1961 - The Miracles' "Shop Around" became Motown's first million-selling single.

1967 - Police raided Keith Richards home in West Wittering, Sussex, England. The police found "various substances of a suspicious nature." Richards and Mick Jagger were arrested on May 10 on drug charges.

1966 - The Rolling Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown" was released in the U.S.
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1968 - Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle where he received a key to the city and an honorary high school diploma. He also played for the students of Garfield High School from which he had dropped out.
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1975 - Cher's TV show premiered with guests Elton John and Bette Midler.

1977 - The Police record "Fall Out," their first single.

1981 - Deborah Harry of Blondie announced that she would be making a solo album.

1989 - Tiny Tim declared himself a New York City mayoral candidate. He did not win in the election.

1997 - David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2001 - The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material without charge.

2010 - The remake of the song "We Are The World" was premiered at the opening of the Winter Olympics.
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