July 12, 1962. The Rollin’ Stones play their first ever gig at the Marquee Club on London’s Oxford Street. The band was made up at the time of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Dick Taylor, Tony Chapman and Ian Stewart and was named after the Muddy Waters song “Rollin’ Stone”. Their young manager, Andrew Loog Oldham soon changed the spelling from Rollin’ to Rolling and promoted the band as an edgier version of the already-successful Beatles. Nearly 50 years later, the Rolling Stones are still together with Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood joining Jagger and Richards as the current line-up. They have produced two dozen studio albums, selling more than 200 million copies. Prolific tourers and energetic performers, they have also filled stadia all over the world and in 2006 played to a million people on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, their biggest show to date
Also on July 12: English King Henry VIII marries his sixth and last wife Catherine Parr (1543); Battle of Prokhorovka, in WWII between Russian and German tank divisions (1943); start of the Newark Riots in New Jersey, USA (1967).
Born on July 12: Amedeo Modigliani (1884), Bill Cosby, Lionel Jospin (1937), Christian Vieri (1973).