Stones audience get gas, gas, gassed... -- Records that reference drugs? Get the law involved! -- Remembering "Sam the Snowman"...

Keith, Charlie and Mick getting ready for a Stones appearance on U.K. TV, Feb. 1967. (Photo: Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)

4/14/1967 (50 years ago today) - A full-fledged riot broke out at Warsaw's Palace Of Culture -- It's the very first Rolling Stones performance in an Iron Curtain country, and it goes just how you think it would -- Police use tear gas in a battle with over 2,000 fans -- Some things never change: government control = kill the arts...

4/14/1971 (46 years ago today) - Here we go, another list...: The Illinois Crime Commission issued a warning about "drug-oriented records" that parents needed to worry about 'having an effect on their children' -- The usual suspects included "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane, Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", "Let's Go Get Stoned" by Joe Cocker, "Puff The Magic Dragon" - Peter, Paul & Mary, and, of course, "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", The Beatles. What was it that they were really afraid of...?

4/14/1995 (22 years ago today) - Ingrained in our collective childhood memory, no doubt about it: He was the voice of Sam the Snowman, the host and narrator of the 1964 much-beloved stop-motion TV special "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer", which continues to air on CBS every Christmas season -- Burl Ives passed away on this date at age 85. It's okay, you can admit you still watch that thing every Christmastime. We all do.

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