February 20 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
February 20

1895 : Scott Joplin's "Please Say You Will" is copyrighted.

1975 : "Johnny Cash Day" is declared in Los Angeles.

1976 : Kiss immortalize their hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

2003 : At a Great White show in The Station Nightclub, West Warwick, Rhode Island, while the band opens with "Desert Moon", a fire erupts when pyrotechnics ignite the soundproof insulation at back of the stage, which spread to the ceiling. In the ensuing chaos, fans rush toward the main entrance. Of the 462 concertgoers, 100 are killed (including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and WHJY DJ Mike "The Doctor" Gonsalves, the concert's MC). In addition, 230 are injured from smoke inhalation, burns or being trampled in crowd. As a result, Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is sentenced to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter (he was paroled in 2008). The nightclub owners also receive criminal sentences.

2008 : The Brit Awards take place, with Amy Winehouse performing two songs.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com

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