In 1936 Ella Fitzgerald, 18, makes her first recording, "My First Affair."
In 1952 Bill Haley marries his pregnant girlfriend, 4 days after a divorce became final from his first wife.
In 1954 "Mambo Italiano" by Rosemary Clooney is banned by ABC Radio and TV for so-called offensive lyrics.
In 1956 Fats Domino performs "Blueberry Hill" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1957 Ricky Nelson's records "Stood Up."
In 1964 The Supremes appear on TV's "Shindig!" singing "Baby Love" and"Come See About Me."
In 1967 "Daydream Believer" by the Monkees enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 Spiral Staircase record "More Today Than Yesterday."
In 1968 After the cover is redesigned, the Rolling Stones' album "Beggars Banquet" is released.
In 1968 The Jimi Hendrix Experience's third album, "Electric Ladyland" containing "Crosstown Traffic" and "All Along the Watchtower," is certified gold.
In 1970 Jerry Lee Lewis divorces wife Myra, his 13-year-old cousin he married in 1957.
In 1972 Crazy Horse's Danny Whitten dies of a heroin overdose.
In 1972 "Do It Again" by Steely Dan enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 Ringo Starr's album "Goodnight Vienna" is released.
In 1975 Chicago's album "Chicago's Greatest Hits" is certified gold.
In 1976 The late Janis Joplin appears on the cover of Rolling Stone.
In 1978 "Too Much Heaven" by the Bee Gees, "September" by Earth, Wind &Fire and "Don't Cry Out Loud" by Melissa Manchester all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1979 The B-52s' debut album is certified gold.
In 1980 Barbara Mandrell hosts her first TV special, which lead to a weekly variety series.
In 1983 Badfinger guitarist Tom Evans hangs himself at age 36.
In 1985 Paul McCartney's single "Spies Like Us" is released.
In 1987 CBS announces it would sell Columbia Records to Sony Corp. for about $2 billion.
In 1987 U2 fools a Los Angeles crowd by opening for themselves as the Dalton Brothers.
In 1988 Phil Collins makes his movie debut in "Buster."
In 1988 Disney's "Oliver & Company," a movie featuring the voices of Billy Joel and Bette Midler, opens nationally.
In 1988 Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" album is certified gold, platinum and triple platinum.
In 1990 Paul McCartney's birth certificate sells for $18,000 at an auction.
In 1993 Nirvana records an MTV Unplugged concert in New York.
In 1993 Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder is arrested for public intoxication.
In 1994 Jazz great Cab Calloway ("Minnie The Moocher") dies at age 86 from a stroke suffered the previous June.
In 1994 The Rolling Stones become the first to broadcast a concert live on the Internet.
In 1994 Aerosmith's album "Box of Fire" is released.
In 1995 On the cover of TV Guide: "Beatles '95," in honor of the "The Beatles Anthology" which began airing that week.
In 1996 Enrique Iglesias' album "Enrique Iglesias" is certified platinum, while Madonna's "Something To Remember" CD goes double platinum.
In 1997 About 25 people are injured trying to get inside a Grapevine, TX, shopping mall for a Hanson concert.
In 1997 John Mellencamp's album "The Best That I Could" is released.
In 1997 AC/DC's five-CD boxed set, "Bonfire," a tribute to late lead singer Bon Scott, is released in the U.S.
In 1997 John Denver's last recording, "The Unplugged Collection," is released, featuring "Annie's Song," "Rocky Mountain High" and "Take Me Home, Country Roads."
In 1998 Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher have their second child, a boy named Beckett.
In 1998 "Gettin' Jiggy With It" by Will Smith is certified gold.
In 1999 Radiohead's video "Meeting People Is Easy" goes gold.
In 2000 Kenny Rogers begins his 2000 Christmas tour in Dalton, Georgia.
In 2003 Law enforcement agents raid Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch seeking evidence of child molestation.
In 2003 The Beatles' album "Let It Be... Naked" is released without the orchestrations of Phil Spector.