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  • Awards and Honors
    • 2004: At the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Music Awards, Jet dominates the competition, winning awards for six of their seven nominations, including Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group and Breakthrough Artist. During the ceremony Nic Chester performs as a member of the Australian super-group The Wrights.
    • 2006: Stevie Wonder receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
    • 2007: A section of Detroit's West Grand Boulevard (the original home of Motown Records) is renamed "Berry Gordy, Jr. Boulevard" after the Motown founder.
  • Band Dynamics
    • 1960: Dion & The Belmonts breakup becomes official when it is reported in Billboard magazine. Lead singer Dion DiMucci claims the group's not bluesy enough; the band claims Dion just wants a taste of solo fame.
    • 1989: The first practice by the San Francisco band Four Non Blondes is postponed because of an earthquake, which also disrupts the World Series. The band would later have a hit with "What's Up."
  • Births
    • 1909: Cozy Cole
    • 1914: John Mosley
    • 1933: Floyd Cramer
    • 1941: Jim Seal (Seals & Crofts)
    • 1941: Alan Howard (Brian Poole and the Tremeloes)
    • 1942: Gary Puckett (Union Gap)
    • 1947: David St. Hubbins (Spinal Tap)
    • 1949: Bill Hudson (The Hudson Brothers)  -
    • 1958: Alan Jackson
    • 1967: Rene Dif (Aqua)
    • 1968: Ziggy Marley
    • 1971: Christopher Kirkpatrick ('N Sync)
    • 1972: Eminem
    • 1972: Wyclef Jean (Fugees)
  • Charts
    • 1952: No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: I Went to Your Wedding by Patti Page.
    • 1960: The Drifters' Save The Last Dance For Me hits #1
    • 1962: Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers hits #1 on its way to becoming the most famous Halloween song of all time. Pickett's vocals were his impression of Boris Karloff, who was known for his role as Frankenstein's monster.
    • 1964: Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," written by Jeff Barr and Ellie Greenwich, hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
    • 1970: The Jackson 5's I'll Be There hits #1
    • 1972: The #1 Billboard Pop Hit is My Ding-a-Ling by Chuck Berry. The legendary rocker's only #1 is this novelty song about…
    • 1987: With their #1 comeback hit You Win Again, the Bee Gees become the first group to score a UK Number One hit in three separate decades – the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
    • 1988: The #1 hit is a cover of a song from 1966: A Groovy Kind Of Love by Phil Collins
    • 1998: "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies hits #1 in the US, where it stays for… one week.
    • 1999: Santana'sSupernatural album goes to #1, giving them their first chart topping album in 28 years.
  • Concerts and Festivals
    • 1969: The Kinks play their first US concert in four years when they open for Spirit at the Fillmore East in New York. They had been blacklisted in 1965 when they refused to join the musicians' union.
    • 1969: Led Zeppelin's third US tour opens, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
    • 1998: The Wilkinsons make their first official appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. They had made an informal appearance on the Opry once before, when they joined Vince Gill onstage before they had a record deal.
    • 2008: Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are among the many artists lining up to play benefit shows for Barack Obama.
  • Deaths
    • 1972: Billy Williams
    • 1981: Alberta Hunter
    • 1991: Tennessee Ernie Ford
    • 1993: Criss Oliva (Savatage)
    • 1996: Berthold Goldschmidt
    • 1999: Thomas Durden
    • 2001: Jay Livingston
    • 2002: Bashful Brother Oswald
    • 2007: Teresa Brewer
    • 2008: Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops)
    • 2010: Stephen Calt
  • Debuts
    • 1966: Pat Boone's daytime TV series debuts on NBC.
    • 1967:Hair, the world's first hippie rock musical, makes its public debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
  • Health Issues
    • 1991: John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor later attributes the problem to "too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast."
  • Incidents
    • 1981: One man is killed and another injured in an attempted burglary of Rolling Stones ticket offices in Maryland.
    • Legal Issues
    • 1969: Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner is busted for possessing marijuana.
    • 1991: Sixties British singer Sandie Shaw is arrested and fined 100 pounds for refusing to take a breathalyzer test outside her home in London.
    • 1995: Sting's former financial adviser, convicted of bilking the singer to the tune of $9.4 million, is sentenced in a London court to six years in jail.
    • 1997: Warren G has beef with Garth Brooks and files a lawsuit against the country star, claiming he infringed on his "G" logo.
    • 2001: Chart-topping rapper Jay-Z pleads guilty in a New York court to stabbing producer Lance "Un" Rivera in a December 1999 incident.
    • 2007: The state of California announces that Dionne Warwick owes nearly $2.67 in back taxes.
  • Marriages and Breakups
    • 1945: Ava Gardner and her second husband, bandleader Artie Shaw.
    • 1975: Maurice Gibb (The Bee Gees) and his second wife, Yvonne Spencely.
  • Miscellaneous
    • 1967: The Beatles attend a small, quiet memorial service for their manager Brian Epstein, held at the New London Synagogue in St. John's Wood (near the Abbey Road Studios).
    • 2000: At a charity auction organized by Mick Fleetwood in London, singer George Michael pays one and a half million pounds for the upright piano on which John Lennon wrote the 1971 hit Imagine.
    • 2005: Fats Domino returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.
    • 2008: Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy album is finally announced to be coming out after more than a decade of waiting.
  • Recordings
    • 1940: Will Bradley, "Five O'Clock Whistle"
    • 1956: Mickey & Sylvia, Love Is Strange
    • 1963: The Beatles record the first of their "Christmas Records," spoken word greetings sent out on vinyl to members of their fan club.
    • 1963: The Beatles, I Want To Hold Your Hand
    • 1963: Bobby Goldsboro, "See The Funny Little Clown"  -
    • 1967: Bob Dylan: "Drifter's Escape," "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," "The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest"
    • 1978: Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers
  • Releases
    • 1964: The Rolling Stones,12X5
    • 1966: The Zombies, "She's Not There"
    • 1968: Jose Feliciano, "The Star-Spangled Banner"
    • 1979: Fleetwood Mac,Tusk
    • 1995: The largest video release of all time is made by Rhino Home Video: 21 cassette tapes featuring 58 episodes of NBC-TV's The Monkees.
  • TV, Radio, Press
    • 1919: The Radio Corporation of America, soon to be simply known as RCA, is founded by General Electric as a publicly-held monopoly, much the same way "the phone company" was originally envisioned.
    • 1962: The Beatles make their very first television appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television's People And Places. The band performs two songs: "Some Other Guy" and Love Me Do.
    • 1967: Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart and Phil Spector all guest on tonight's "Jeannie, The Hip Hippie" episode of NBC-TV's I Dream Of Jeannie.