Today in Whostory: 1/11/2020

1963 – The Detours play the Ealing Fox and Goose Hotel

1964 – The Detours play the Oldfield Hotel in Greenford

1965 – The Who make their first TV appearance on Rediffusion’s That’s For Me. They show Who manager Kit Lambert’s music video for "I Can’t Explain"

1967 – The Who mime to “Happy Jack” for a broadcast of Top Of The Pops the following day. BBC records show The Who are paid £84 for their appearance

1967 – Pete and John were among those who see the Jimi Hendrix Experience perform at the Bag O’Nails, Kingly Street, Mayfair.

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1968 – The Who perform at Assembly Hall in Worthing

1975 – John Entwistle and his band The Ox play Leeds University

2003 – The Daily Mail reports that “Operation Ore,” a U.S.-led investigation of a website that provided child pornography images in addition to adult pornographic images, has given police a list of over seven thousand names of credit card holders whose cards had made payments to the operators of the website. This list, forwarded to Scotland Yard by U.S. law enforcement and quickly finding its way to the press, contains the name of a well-known British rock star.

That afternoon, Pete holds a press conference admitting that he is the rock star, says he is not a paedophile, has been a long-time campaigner against child pornography on the Internet, never downloaded any images, and gives the police full access to investigate the charges. The police seize Pete’s computers and he is questioned but not charged with a crime

A “trial by media” ensues. Pete’s statement is simplified and falsified into a claim that he downloaded child pornography for “research,” and his guilt is widely assumed. Pete’s friends and fans who know that Pete had been discussing the dangers of child pornography on the Internet for the past decade begin a fight to clear his name.

On May 7th he was cleared of the charges.