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Today in Music History for June 15: In 1843, composer Edvard Grieg, whose strongly nationalist style led to his being known as "The Voice of Norway," was born. In 1872, the Governor General's "Foot Guards Band" made its debut in Ottawa.


Today in History for June 26: On this date: In 1284, legend has it that the Pied Piper of Hamelin led 130 German children to their deaths after being refused his fee for charming rats and mice into a river.


Today in History for June 27: On this date: In 1299, in his encyclical "Scimus fili," Pope Boniface VIII claimed that Scotland owed allegiance to the Catholic Church. In 1759, British Gen.


Today in History for June 29: On this date: In 67, according to tradition, the Apostle Paul was beheaded with a sword near Rome, probably by order of Emperor Nero, during a time when Christianity was outlawed.


Today in History for June 28: On this date: In 1491, King Henry VIII was born. He was married six times and died in 1547. (NOTE FOR TRIVIA BUFFS: Henry VIII was reputed to have loved beef so much he knighted it "Sir Loin.


Today in Music History for June 26: In 1909, Colonel Tom Parker, who managed Elvis Presley for much of his career, was born.


Today in Music History for June 27: In 1942, Canadian composer-arranger-pianist Frank Mills was born in Montreal.


Today in Music History for June 29: In 1888, the first musical recording in Britain was made at the Crystal Palace in London on the occasion of the Handel Festival. The recording was made using Thomas Edison's cylinder phonograph.


Today in Music History for June 28: In 1914, bluegrass musician and singer Lester Flatt was born in Overton County, Tenn.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 14: Actress Marla Gibbs is 93. Jazz trombonist and composer Ian McDougall is 86. Soul singer Garland Green is 82. Country-rock musician Spooner Oldham is 81. Singer Rod Argent of The Zombies and Argent is 79. Former U.S.