In 1956 Nat "King" Cole is attacked and severely beaten onstage in Birmingham, AL, by a group of segregationists.
In 1956 The Stratocaster is patented by Leo Fender.
In 1957 Ricky Nelson makes his singing debut on TV's "Ozzie & Harriet" performing "I'm Walkin'" at the age of 16.
In 1958 Bobby Darin records "Splish Splash."
In 1958 Singer/songwriter Chuck Willis ("C.C. Rider," "What Am I Living For") dies from peritonitis at age 38.
In 1961 Del Shannon makes his debut on "American Bandstand," performing "Runaway."
In 1962 Original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe dies of cerebral paralysis.
In 1964 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of Time magazine.
In 1964 "The Beatles Second Album" (actually their third) is released in the U.S.
In 1965 "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965 "I'm Telling You Now" by Freddie & the Dreamers hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1967 Paul McCartney visits a Beach Boys recording session, apparently helping them to produce "Vegetables," a track included on the group's "Smiley Smile" album.
In 1970 The Nice break up. Leader Keith Emerson announces his intention to form a band (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) with bassist Greg Lake.
In 1970 Doors singer Jim Morrison asks Boston fans if they would like to see his genitals. Keyboardist, Ray Manzarek drags him offstage.
In 1971 "Take Me Home Country Roads" by John Denver and "Love Her Madly" by the Doors both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1972 "Theme from Shaft," written by Isaac Hayes, wins the Best Original Song Oscar.
In 1973 Led Zeppelin's album "Houses of the Holy" is certified gold.
In 1975 Roger Daltry appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1976 "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney & Wings and "Turn The Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1976 Peter Frampton's LP "Frampton Comes Alive!" begins a 10-week run a #1 on Billboard's albums chart.
In 1978 Cher, and boyfriend Gene Simmons of Kiss, appear on the cover of People magazine.
In 1980 "Workin' My Way Back To You" by the Spinners is certified gold.
In 1981 The film "Caveman" with Ringo Starr premieres in theaters.
In 1981 Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott marries model Peggy Sue Fender in London. (Honeyman-Scott died in 1982 of a drug overdose.)
In 1982 The Paul McCartney-Stevie Wonder duet "Ebony and Ivory" enters U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1988 Ozzy Osbourne announces he would like to tour the world's insane asylums.
In 1989 Alabama is named ACM Artist of the Decade.
In 1991 A judge in Louisville, KY, reduces the arson charge against New Kid on the Block's Donnie Wahlberg in exchange for his recording of fire safety, drug abuse and drunk driving public service announcements.
In 1992 Axl Rose leaves Chicago ahead of the Cook County sheriff who was going to arrest him on charges stemming from a riot the previous summer at a rock concert in St. Louis.
In 1994 More than 10,000 people turn out for a memorial in Seattle for Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain.
In 1995 L.L. Cool J makes his TV debut, playing a football player on NBC's "In The House."
In 1998 Busta Rhymes' single "Turn It Up" is released.
In 1998 Third Eye Blind's album "Third Eye Blind" is certified double platinum, while Natalie Merchant's CD "Tigerlily" goes quadruple platinum.
In 2000 Sony Music announces plans to make its first commercial digital downloads available to U.S. consumers.
In 2001 Eminem is given 2 years probation for using a gun to hit a man kissing his wife the previous June.
In 2003 Little Eva ("The Loco-motion") dies of cancer at age 59.
In 2004 Two months after her infamous breast-baring incident at the Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson earns NBC's "Saturday Night Live" its biggest ratings in more than a year as host.
In 2004 Beck weds Marissa Ribisi.