It was on this day in 1975 that Queen started recording their song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at a studio in Wales. Freddie Mercury first started writing it in the late 1960’s and had used some of the arrangement in other songs. It would take over three weeks to record the piece, with the singers laying down vocal tracks for up to 12 hours a day. Some parts of the composition had 180 overdubs, quite a feat for a studio with only an 8-track mixing board. It has been referred to as the most expensive single that was ever recorded.
The first event that Wiki says happened on this day is “49 BC – Julius Caesar’s general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture” and the most recent is “2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term “planet” such that Pluto is now considered a Dwarf Planet.”
A few other things that also took place on this day are:
410 – Rome is overran by the Visigoths, resulting in the end of the Western Roman Empire.
1814 – The White House and other buildings in Washington DC are burnt down when British Troops take the city.
1954 – The Communist Party is outlawed in the United States.
1970 – Anti-war activists detonate a bomb at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, killing a physics researcher.
Happy birthday to Grey DeLisle, Dave Chappelle, Marlee Matlin, Steve Guttenberg, David Freiberg, and Kenny Baker.