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Music
  • Band Dynamics
    • 1992: After more than thirty years, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman quits the group.
  • Births
    • 1906: Freddy Martin
    • 1934: Junior Wells
    • 1938: David Houston
    • 1940: Sam Strain (Little Anthony & The Imperials, The O'Jays)
    • 1941: Dan Hicks
    • 1943: Rick Danko (The Band)
    • 1944: George Baker
    • 1944: Shirley Brickley (The Orlons)
    • 1944: Neil Innes (The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles)
    • 1946: Walter Orange (The Commodores)
    • 1950: Joan Armatrading
    • 1955: Randy Murray (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
    • 1957: Donny Osmond
    • 1958: Nick Seymour (Crowded House)
    • 1968: Brian Bell (Weezer)
    • 1970: Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers)
    • 1971: Geoff Barrow (Portishead)
    • 1972: Tre Cool (Green Day)
    • 1974: Canibus
  • Certifications and Milestones
    • 1974: The Who's Odd s and Sods album is certified gold
  • Charts
    • 1967: Cream'sDisraeli Gearsalbum enters the charts
    • 1972: The Moody Blues'Seventh Sojourn album hits #1 in America, where it stays for five weeks.
    • 1978: Steely Dan'sGreatest Hitsalbum enters the charts
    • 1978: Chic's Le Freak hits #1
    • 1989: Bill Joel's We Didn't Start The Fire hits #1
  • Concerts and Festivals
    • 1955: Elvis Presley performs at the B&I Club in Swifton, AK, and introduces his new song, Heartbreak Hotel, by claiming "It's gonna be my first hit."
    • 1984: The Jacksons' five-month Victory tour – Michael Jackson's last group tour – ends after 55 performances in 19 cities.
  • Deaths
    • 1981: Sonny Til (The Orioles)
    • 1987: Will Shatter (Flipper)
    • 2005: Mike Botts (Bread)
  • Health Issues
    • 2003: Ozzy Osbourne crashes his quad bike, breaking several bones including his collarbone and fractured vertebrae. The injuries are considerable, but not life-threatening.
  • Legal Issues
    • 1967: Jim Morrison is arrested at a concert in New Haven, Connecticut after a police officer finds him backstage with a young girl and maces him. An enraged Morrison takes the stage and goes on a rant about the incident during Back Door Man, at which point three cops arrest him, marking the first time a rock star is arrested mid-performance.
    • 1991: A long legal battle over Bob Marley estate ends when the nearly $12 million estate is awarded to his widow, Rita, and her children. In honor of the verdict, son Ziggy names his daughter, who was born that day, Justice Marley.
  • Marriages and Breakups
    • 2011: Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O marries her longtime boyfriend, director Barnaby Clay.
  • Miscellaneous
    • 1972: An all-star orchestral version of The Who's Tommy opened at London's Rainbow Theatre. Advance tickets went for the then-princely sum of $50, but the show itself was a major disappointment, with most of the "actors" floundering (except Who singer Roger Daltrey and Steve Winwood as Tommy's father). Narrator Pete Townshend, for his part, was observed to be drunk. None of this stopped the cast recording from being recorded and eventually becoming a hit in '73.
  • Recordings
    • 1953: Frank Sinatra, Young At Heart
    • 1966: The Beatles, Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Releases
    • 1963: The Supremes,Meet The Supremes
    • 1972: Elton John, Crocodile Rock
    • 1974: George Harrison,Dark Horse
    • 1978: The Blues Brothers, Soul Man
    • 2003: The Offspring release their seventh studio albumSplinter.
  • TV, Radio, Press
    • 1968: NBC airs the joint Supremes and Temptations television TCB (Takin' Care Of Business).