Peter, Paula & Murray – SNL 

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October 11, 1975 ~ SNL is born

Dick Ebersol fashioned the idea. Lorne Michaels brought it to life. And everything changed.

Saturday Night – a title later changed to Saturday Night Live – makes its debut on NBC with host George Carlin. Music is a big part of the show, and the first episode features two musical guests performing two songs each: Janis Ian doing “At Seventeen” and “In the Winter,” and Billy Preston playing “Nothing from Nothing” and “Fancy Lady.”

RATM gets booted from SNL

April 13, 1996 ~

Minutes before Rage Against The Machine is to take the stage, the band has their roadies place upside down US Flags on the amps in protest of American politics (presidential candidate Steve Forbes is the guest host.)

The SNL police rip the flags down, the band plays and then is unceremoniously escorted out of the building, forfeiting a second song.