Photo courtesy of Paul Natkin
Photo courtesy of Paul Natkin

The 1970s

  • 1977

    March

    WLUP signs on

  • 1977

    April 6-10

    Led Zeppelin plays Chicago Stadium

  • 1977

    June 19

    Pink Floyd plays Soldier Field

  • 1977

    July 7

    Styx releases "The Grand Illusion"

  • 1977

    August 16

    Elvis found dead at Graceland

  • 1977

    October 20

    Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash

  • 1978

    February 10

    Van Halen releases first album

  • 1978

    August 5

    AC/DC and Aerosmith play Comiskey Park

  • 1978

    August 18

    The Who release "Who Are You"

  • 1978

    December 21

    John Wayne Gacy arrested

  • 1979

    Steve and Garry teamed up in mornings on the Loop

  • 1979

    January

    Blizzard of 79

  • 1979

    April 27

    Ozzy fired from Black Sabbath

  • 1979

    July 12

    Disco Demolition

  • 1979

    August 21

    Cheap Trick "Dream Police"

  • 1979

    November 30

    Pink Floyd releases "The Wall"

The 1980s

  • 1980

    February 19

    Bon Scott dies of "Acute alcohol poisoning" and "Death by Misadventure"

  • 1980

    June 16

    "Blues Brothers" movie released

  • 1980

    July 25

    AC/DC releases "Back in Black"

  • 1980

    September 20

    AC/DC plays first Chicago show with Brian Johnson at the Rosemont Horizon

  • 1980

    September 25

    John Bonham found dead

  • 1980

    December 8

    John Lennon killed

  • 1981

    February 9

    Jonathan Brandmeier debuts on the Loop

  • 1981

    February 12

    Rush releases "Moving Pictures"

  • 1981

    April

    Mayor Jane Byrne relocates to Cabrini Green

  • 1981

    August 1

    MTV debuts

  • 1982

    January 20

    Ozzy bites head off bat in Des Moines

  • 1982

    February 19

    Ozzy urinates on the Alamo

  • 1983

    August 13

    Metallica plays first Chicago show, at Cabaret Metro

  • 1983

    September 18

    Kiss performs without makeup for the first time

  • 1984

    March 2

    "This Is Spinal Tap" released

  • 1984

    December 31

    Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses arm in car wreck

  • 1984

    Michael Jordan is the NBA Rookie of the Year

  • 1985

    May 13

    Dire Straits release "Brothers in Arms"

  • 1985

    July 13

    Live Aid

  • 1986

    January 26

    Bears win Super Bowl XX

  • 1986

    January 30

    First Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

  • 1987

    March

    Kevin Matthews starts at the Loop

  • 1987

    March 9

    U2 releases "The Joshua Tree"

  • 1987

    July 21

    Guns N' Roses release "Appetite for Destruction"

  • 1987

    August 3

    Def Leppard releases "Hysteria"

  • 1988

    June 25

    Jonathon Brandmeier headlines Poplar Creek

  • 1988

    July 9

    First public performance of Smashing Pumpkins, at Chicago 21 Club

  • 1988

    August 8

    First night game at Wrigley Field

The 1990s

  • 1990

    August 27

    Stevie Ray Vaughan killed in helicopter crash

  • 1991

    August 12

    Metallica releases "The Black Album"

  • 1991

    August 27

    Pearl Jam releases debut album

  • 1991

    September 24

    Nirvana releases "Nevermind"

  • 1991

    November 19

    U2 releases "Achtung Baby"

  • 1992

    April 13

    Chicago flood

  • 1992

    July 11

    Guns N' Roses song "November Rain" sets record as longest single (8:57) to reach the top 20

  • 1993

    October 23, October 25

    Nirvana plays last Chicago shows before Kurt Cobain's death, at Aragon Ballroom

  • 1994

    February 1

    Green Day releases "Dookie"

  • 1994

    April 8

    Kurt Cobain's body discovered

  • 1995

    July 9

    Grateful Dead performs its final show with Jerry Garcia at Soldier Field

  • 1995

    August 9

    Jerry Garcia dies

  • 1995

    October 24

    Smashing Pumpkins release "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"

  • 1996

    Ozzy Osbourne launches Ozzfest

  • 1998

    February 5

    Judas Priest singer Rob Halford comes out

  • 1998

    March 17

    Van Halen releases ill-fated Van Halen III with Gary Cherone on vocals

  • 1998

    June 14

    Bulls win 2nd three-peat

  • 1999

    July 23

    Woodstock 99 kicks off in Rome, New York

The 2000s

  • 2000

    April 12

    Metallica files lawsuit against Napster

  • 2002

    April 5

    Layne Staley of Alice in Chains dies

  • 2002

    June 27

    John Entwistle of the Who found dead in his hotel room

  • 2002

    December 29

    Creed singer Scott Stapp infamously delivers incoherent stage performance in Chicago

  • 2003

    March 30

    Mayor Daley "X's" out Meigs Field

  • 2005

    October 26

    White Sox win World Series

  • 2005

    November 8

    First Guitar Hero game released

  • 2005

    The Loop revives the "Rock Girl"

  • 2009

    January 9

    Governor Rod Blagojevich impeached

  • 2009

    June 16

    Sears Tower renamed Willis Tower

The 2010s

  • 2015

    February 16

    Mancow starts as morning host

  • 2016

    November 2

    Cubs win World Series