In 1956 Washington, DC, disc jockey Bob Rickman creates the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley.
In 1958 Gladys Presley, Elvis Presley's mother, dies at age 46.
In 1961 "Crying" by Roy Orbison enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1962 Beatles manager Brian Epstein approaches Ringo Starr to replace Pete Best as the group's drummer.
In 1965 The Beatles tape an appearance for the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1965 "Hang On Sloopy" by the McCoys enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965 "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1966 Cleveland Stadium's first rock concert is held, featuring the Beatles.
In 1970 Stephen Stills is arrested on cocaine possession charges at a motel in La Jolla, CA. He was released on $2,500 bail.
In 1971 Diana Ross has her first child, Rhonda. (In his 1994 autobiography, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. admits he was the child's father, not Ross' then-husband Robert Ellis Silberstein.)
In 1971 "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" by Paul McCartney, "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart, "If You Really Love Me" by Stevie Wonder, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" by Joan Baez and "Sweet City Woman" by the Stampeders all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 The Beach Boys' album "Endless Summer" is certified gold.
In 1975 Neil Young appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1976 Nick Lowe releases his first solo single "So It Goes."
In 1976 "Rock 'N Me" by the Steve Miller Band and "If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1978 The Beatles' single "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is released in the U.S.
In 1981 Conductor Karl Boehm dies in Salzburg, Austria, at age 86.
In 1985 Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and others to buy the ATV Music catalog, which includes 251 Lennon-McCartney songs, for $40 million.
In 1987 A 39-year-old Chicago woman who called herself "Billie Jean Jackson" filed a $150 million paternity suit against Michael Jackson.
In 1988 Guitarist Roy Buchanan dies after hanging himself in a jail in Fairfax, VA.
In 1989 Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" becomes the first U.S. album legally released in what was then the Soviet Union.
In 1989 John Mellencamp, 37, becomes a grandfather when his 18-year-old daughter, Michelle, gives birth to Elexis Suzanne Peach.
In 1990 Jazz musician Tito Puente receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1990 Phil Collins' album "But Seriously" is certified triple platinum, while The Eagles' CD "The Long Run" goes quadruple platinum.
In 1992 Wayne Newton files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
In 1992 Platters singer Tony Williams dies of complications from diabetes and emphysema. He was 64.
In 1994 Rain turns the final day of Woodstock '94 in Saugerties, NY, into a mud bath.
In 1995 Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) is presented with BMI's President's Award at the Los Angeles screening of the documentary "Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."
In 1995 Shania Twain's album "The Woman In Me" is certified double platinum.
In 1995 The Grateful Dead decide to cancel their fall tour in the wake of Jerry Garcia's death.
In 1996 Aerosmith hires Wendy Laister as the band's new manager.
In 1996 Soundgarden's album "Down On The Upside" is certified gold and platinum.
In 1998 Aerosmith's single "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing" is released.
In 1999 The Backstreet Boys sell all 765,000 tickets for their North 39-city American tour in just one day, generating an estimated $30 million.
In 1999 The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with local Russian artists during a free music festival in Moscow's Red Square.
In 2002 Drowning Pool singer Dave Williams is found dead in his bunk on the band's tour bus of a heart problem.
In 2004 Phish begins its 2-day Coventry festival. It the band's plan to have Coventry be their last show.
In 2005 On the cover of TV Guide: one of four "The Beatles" covers.
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