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Today In Rock: August 31

1938

After the Monroe Brothers part ways, Bill Monroe forms his own bands: the Kentuckians (in Little Rock, Arkansas) and then the Blue Grass Boys (in Atlanta, Georgia).

1945

Van Morrison was born.

1963

"My Boyfriend's Back" by the Angels goes to #1.

1968

Booker T. and the M.G.s hit #17 with "Soul Limbo".

1969

The Band appear at the British Isle of Wight Festival, performing a set of their own before backing up Bob Dylan.

1975

Rhinestone Cowboy (Glenn Campbell) was a hit.

1980

Upside Down (Diana Ross) was a hit.

1980

Yes hits #18 in the US with 'Drama'.

1985

Kate Bush hits #30 in the US with "Running Up That Hill".

1986

Venus (Bananarama) was a hit.

1987

'Bad,' by Michael Jackson - the followup to Thriller and therefore the most hotly anticipated album in history - is released. It tops the charts for eight weeks and yields seven hit singles.

1987

MTV premieres "Club MTV," a video age dance show hosted by "Downtown" Julie Brown. "Club MTV" is the first program to have a Monday through Friday time slot.

1991

Scorpions hits #4 with "Winds of Change".

1992

MTV Europe announces it will launch in Lichtenstein, Lebanon and Romania beginning October 1992. The launch will make MTV Europe available in 29 territories, reaching over 39 million European households.

1996

President Clinton, in his first stop on a post convention bus tour, reaches out to young voters in a one-on-one interview with MTV News' Tabitha Soren. The interview, which takes place at Cape Girardeau, marks the first time this campaign season that the President has addressed youth issues on MTV.