In 1954 Elvis Presley debuts professionally at Overton Park in Memphis, TN, opening for Slim Whitman.
In 1956 Brenda Lee records "Jambalaya" and "Bigelow 6-500."
In 1956 "My Prayer" by the Platters hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1966 Bob Dylan appears on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
In 1966 "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1966 "Wild Thing" by The Troggs hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1966 "Yesterday And Today" by The Beatles hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.
In 1968 The Beatles close their London-based Apple boutique on Baker Street, giving away its entire contents.
In 1969 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.
In 1970 The Rolling Stones inform Allen Klein that he no longer had any authority to negotiate contracts on their behalf.
In 1971 George Harrison's single "Bangladesh" is released in Britain.
In 1973 A Led Zeppelin concert is filmed for the movie "The Song Remains The Same," which was released in 1976.
In 1977 "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1978 Glen Goins, the original singer/guitarist with Parliament and Funkadelic, dies of complications from Hodgkin's Disease at age 24.
In 1980 The album "Unmasked" by Kiss is certified gold.
In 1983 "Burning Down The House" by the Talking Heads enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1986 RCA drops John Denver after he releases "What Are We Making Weapons For?" General Electric, owner of RCA, was a top military contractor.
In 1986 Boy George is fined 250 pounds for possession of heroin.
In 1987 David Bowie opens his critically panned "Glass Spider" tour in Philadelphia.
In 1988 Michael Jackson assembles highlights of his world tour for a 90-minute late-night NBC-TV special.
In 1988 "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1988 "Roll With It" by Steve Winwood hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1990 Paul McCartney ends his world tour at Chicago's Soldier Field.
In 1992 Many Motown stars gather for a memorial service for Mary Wells, who died of cancer at the age of 49. Smokey Robinson sang a medley of Wells' hits.
In 1996 Smashing Pumpkins receive 8 nominations for the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, while Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters and Bjork each received five nominations.
In 1996 Garbage's self-titled album "Garbage" is certified platinum.
In 1997 Boys Don't Cry sues Paula Cole for $7 million claiming her song "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone" sounded too much like their 1986 hit "I Wanna Be A Cowboy."
In 1997 The albums "Yourself Or Someone Like You" by Matchbox Twenty's and "Tidal" by Fiona Apple are both certified platinum.
In 1998 The Smashing Pumpkins make their first appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS-TV.
In 1998 While in South Africa, Stevie Wonder visits the jail cell where Nelson Mandela spent much of his 27 years in custody.
In 2000 A fur protester, who allegedly threatened Ted Nugent, is arrested during an anti-fur protest at a Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.
In 2003 Sun Records founder Sam Phillips -- who discovered Elvis Presley -- dies in Memphis, TN, at age 80.
In 2015 Lynn Anderson, best known for "Rose Garden," dies of a heart attack after being hospitalized for pneumonia. She was 67 years old.