It was on this day in 1970 that Jimi Hendrix had a opening party at his new recording studio. Originally the guitarist and his manager had bought the place in Greenwich Village with the intentions of having a nightclub, but when his accountant told him how much he had spent on his last recording project Hendrix decided to create Electric Lady Studios instead. With a 32-track mixing board and “the best equipment in the world”, Jimi truly did feel at home in the space which also featured round windows and painted murals. However he was only able to record for about 3-4 weeks in the new studio, most of which was during the last phase of construction. The day after this premiere gala he boarded a plane for England to play a festival, and Jimi Hendrix would be found dead in his girlfriend’s London apartment less than two weeks later. The studio is still open to this day.
The first event that Wiki says happened on this day is “357 – Battle of Strasbourg: Julian, Caesar (deputy emperor) and supreme commander of the Roman army in Gaul, wins an important victory against the Alemanni at Strasbourg (Argentoratum)” while the most recent is “2003 – The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko).”
A few other things that also took place on this day are:
1921 – The US and Germany sign a peace treaty. (The US Senate did not ratify the Treaty of Versailles, thus the need for this other treaty between the two countries.)
1944 – Allies liberate Paris.
1950 – The Army is ordered by President Truman to take control of the railroads in an attempt to prevent a strike.
Happy birthday to Claudia Schiffer, Rachael Ray, Tim Burton, Geoff Downes, Rob Halford, Gene Simmons, John Savage, Tom Skerritt, Regis Philbin, Sean Connery, and Monty Hall.