Daily Archives: August 20, 2012

112,000 attend Wattstax music festival at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 40 years ago today (1972)


Audio: 'Wattstax (1973)'

(Sunday, August 20, 1972) — The Wattstax music festival (which would become known as the “black Woodstock”, organized by Memphis’s Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots, was held tonight at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for some 112,000 people. Continue reading 112,000 attend Wattstax music festival at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 40 years ago today (1972)

McCartney/Wings appear on Dutch radio 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: McCartney/Wings (Aug. 20, 1972)

(Sunday, August 20, 1972) — Paul McCartney and his group Wings performed a piano improvisation today on a Dutch radio program “popsmuk” in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during their 25-city Wings Over Europe Tour, McCartney’s first of Continental Europe since The Beatles made a three-city swing through Germany in June 1966.

Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’ debuts in Moscow 130 years ago today (1882)


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(Sunday, August 20, 1882) — Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, written in 1880 to commemorate Russia’s defense of their fatherland against Napoleon’s invading Grande Armée in 1812, premiered today in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale.

Editor Horace Greeley publicly urges immediate emancipation of southern slaves 150 years ago today (1862)


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(Wednesday, August 20, 1862, during the American Civil War) — Republican editor Horace Greeley of the highly influential New York Tribune published a famous editorial today entitled “The Prayer of Twenty Millions,” demanding a more aggressive attack on the Confederacy and faster emancipation of the slaves by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Continue reading Editor Horace Greeley publicly urges immediate emancipation of southern slaves 150 years ago today (1862)