On this day in rock history, Kiss reached perhaps the pinnacle of their '70s-era fame, releasing Alive II just two years after the original concert document. It also marked the beginning of the end of Kiss' initial golden era, though a year later they saw the television premiere of Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park on the very same date.

Neil Young collected the best of his work – so far – in a three-album, career-spanning restrospective titled Decade. Meanwhile, Queen pared down their outsized orchestral tendencies for the nervy, harder-rocking News of the World.

Then there was the Teenage Awards Music International. Dumb name, to be sure, but nevertheless a very cool event. Held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, this multi-artist bill included the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Gerry and the Pacemakers, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Billy J. Kramer, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Chuck Berry and others. Jan and Dean served as hosts.

Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these and other important events by clicking the links below.

News Anniversaries:
The Teenage Awards Music International concert is filmed (1964)
Steve Perry plays his first show with Journey (1977)
The 'Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park' TV show airs (1978)

Album Anniversaries:
Queen - News of the World (1977)
Neil Young - Decade (1977)
Kiss - Alive II (1977)
Bob Dylan - Biograph (1985)
ZZ Top - Afterburner (1985)

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