In 1955 Disc jockey Alan Freed begins his first New York area Rock & Roll Ball at the Saint Nicholas Arena in Harlem.
In 1956 "Tutti Frutti" by Little Richard enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1960 Elvis Presley is promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Army.
In 1961 Perry Como appears on the cover of TV Guide.
In 1962 The rock & roll movie "Teenage Millionaire" starring Chubby Checker, Jimmy Clanton and Dion premieres in London.
In 1963 Country singer Jimmy Dean becomes the first to guest host "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson."
In 1966 Singer David Jones changes his name to "David Bowie" to avoid confusion with Monkees member Davy Jones.
In 1966 The BBC buys the British exhibition rights for "The Beatles At Shea Stadium."
In 1967 The Doors' debut album is released with "Break On Through" as the first single.
In 1967 The first "Human Be-In" is held with the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
In 1967 "The Beat Goes On" by Sonny & Cher enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 The Association sing "Everything That Touches You" on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."
In 1968 Vanilla Fudge perform "You Keep Me Hanging On" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1970 Diana Ross and the Supremes perform their final show in Las Vegas.
In 1970 "And When I Die" by Blood, Sweat & Tears is certified gold.
In 1973 The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh is arrested on drug charges.
In 1973 Elvis Presley's "Live From Hawaii" special receives the highest TV audience share in history, until the "Who Shot J.R." episode of "Dallas."
In 1975 Three Dog Night earn their 16th and last gold record for the album "Joy to the World--Their Greatest Hits."
In 1978 The Sex Pistols play their last gig at Winterland in San Francisco.
In 1978 "Baby Come Back" by Player hits at #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1984 Madonna makes her debut on "American Bandstand" singing "Holiday."
In 1984 "Jump" by Van Halen and "I Want A New Drug" by Huey Lewis & TheNews both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1989 Paul McCartney's "Back In The USSR" is released in Russia. Bootleg copies sold for up to $1000 in the U.S.
In 1989 "Don't Tell Me Lies" by Breathe and "Paradise City" by Guns N'Roses both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1989 "My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1992 Johnny Cash, the Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave, Bobby Blue Band and Booker T and the MG's are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
In 1994 "House Party 3," featuring Kid N' Play, Tisha Campbell, TLC and Immature, opens nationally.
In 1997 The Beach Boys guest star on ABC-TV's "Home Improvement."
In 1997 "Don't Let Go" by En Vogue is certified platinum.
In 1998 Smithereens' lead singer Pat DiNizio begins a solo tour in Detroit.
In 1998 The Backstreet Boys' album "Backstreet Boys" goes double platinum, while Celine Dion's CD "Let's Talk About Love" goes gold, platinum, and quadruple platinum.
In 1999 Garth Brooks appears on "Sesame Street" and sings "Together We Make Music" with Harry.
In 2000 Nashville-based Music City News, a country fan magazine, ceases publication after 37 years.
In 2000 The albums "Blue" by Third Eye Blind, "Clapton Chronicles" by Eric Clapton and "98 Degrees" by 98 Degrees are all certified gold.