Rock's Backpages is currently experiencing sporadic technical difficulties which they hope to resolve shortly, but their "It Happened Today" list for July 13 is up and particularly vibrant. A few highlights, including how to explore these events further with the library's resources:
1936: Birthday of saxophone virtuoso Albert Ayler. The library has many recordings by him.
1937: Guy Hart of Gibson Guitars is issued the first patent on an electric guitar pickup, the Gibson EH-150 Pickup, also known as The Charlie Christian Pickup. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office web site has the patent with its illustrations.
1976: The first issue of influential UK punk fanzine, Sniffin' Glue, is published. The library has a reprint of its entire run, Sniffin' Glue: And Other Rock'n'Roll Habits: The Essential Punk Accessory by Mark Perry (ML3534 .P47 2009).
1985: The Live Aid concert benefitting Ethiopian famine relief is held simultaneously in London and Philadelphia. The library has the 4-DVD set of the concert that includes performances by U2, Madonna and many of the other biggest names of the era (DVD 1402-1405).