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Today in Music History for July 6: In 1925, Bill Haley, rock 'n' roll's first teen idol, was born in Highland Park, Mich.


Today in History for July 19: On this date: In 1553, 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed as Queen of England after only nine days. King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen and had Jane executed.


Today in History for July 18: On this date: In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome began. In 1536, the English Parliament passed an act declaring the authority of the pope void in England. In 1739, a census put Canada's population at 42,701.


Today in History for July 17: On this date: In 1505, future church reformer, Martin Luther entered the Augustinian monastic order at Erfurt in present day eastern Germany. He was 21. In 1674, the second census of Canada showed a population of 6,705.


Today in History for July 20: On this date: In 1576, English explorer Martin Frobisher discovered the bay off Baffin Island that now bears his name. He thought it was a passage dividing America from Asia.


Today in Music History for July 17: In 1674, Isaac Watts, innovative pioneer of modern English hymn writing, was born.


Today in Music History for July 19: In 1947, "Queen" guitarist Brian May was born in Hampton Hill, England.


Today in Music History for July 18: In 1903, Canadian soprano Beatrice LaPalme made her Covent Garden debut. She was a last-minute substitute in the role of "Musetta" in a gala performance of "La Boheme" attended by King Edward VII.


Today in Music History for July 20: In 1940, Billboard magazine published its first comprehensive singles record chart.


Celebrity Birthdays for July 5: Writer Barry Callaghan is 87. Singer Huey Lewis is 74. Guitarist Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf) is 74. Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rich (Goose) Gossage is 73. Guitarist Jimmy Crespo is 70.