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Lennon gets the boot and Kiss Coffins kick in Today’s Rock History!

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1966

Bobby Fuller, who was still riding high on the success of “I Fought The Law”, was found dead in his car in Hollywood. The incident is ruled a suicide but evidence suggests foul play, as his clothes and lungs contained gasoline. Fuller was just 22 years old.

1974

The US Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10th. The Immigration and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge.

1978

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are awarded a Platinum record for their number one hit, “You’re The One That I Want”.

2001

The Kiss Kasket, an actual coffin featuring the faces of the four founding members of the band, went on sale. Also included were the Kiss   logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Endorsing the item, Gene Simmons quipped, “I love livin’, but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good.”

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