In 1868 Tom Dula, composer of "Tom Dooley," is executed for the murder of ex-girlfriend Laura Foster, who had given him a venereal disease. He wrote the song right before he was hanged.
In 1931 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running program on CBS.
In 1961 Tony Orlando makes his chart debut with "Halfway To Paradise."
In 1961 "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson, "Moody River" by Pat Boone and "Raindrops" by Dee Clark all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1963 Lesley Gore makes her debut on "American Bandstand," performing her her first hit "It's My Party."
In 1964 Bandleader Spike Jones dies at age 62.
In 1965 "Back In My Arms Again" by the Supremes enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965 "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1966 The Beatles and the Rolling Stones play the "New Music Express" Readers' Poll concert in Wembley. It was the Beatles' last ever concert performance in the UK with a paying audience.
In 1967 Elvis Presley marries Pricilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.
In 1967 "Ruby Tuesday" by the Rolling Stones is certified gold.
In 1968 Paul McCartney & John Lennon watch Bill Haley play the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In 1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash tape a "Grand Ole Opry" special for ABC.
In 1969 Jimi Hendrix is arrested at the Toronto International Airport for possession of narcotics and is released on $10,000 bail.
In 1970 Elton John's first U.S. album "Elton John," containing the single "Your Song," is released.
In 1971 "Brown Sugar" by the Rolling Stones and "It Don't Come Easy" by Ringo Starr both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1972 Alice Cooper's album "School's Out" is released.
In 1973 Bachman-Turner Overdrive's self-titled debut album is released.
In 1973 "Marvin Gaye Day" is declared in Washington, DC.
In 1974 The Carpenters play for President Richard Nixon at the White House, honoring West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.
In 1975 The Rolling Stones announce the band's "Tour of the Americas" by playing "Brown Sugar" on a flatbed truck driving slowly down Fifth Avenue in New York.
In 1975 Styx's album "Styx II" is certified gold.
In 1976 "Let Your Love Flow" by Bellamy Brothers is #1 on the U.S. pop top 40 chart.
In 1977 Heart's album "Little Queen" is released.
In 1978 "The Closer I Get To You" Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway is certified gold.
In 1979 Elton John becomes the first rock star to perform in Israel.
In 1980 The Academy of Country Music proclaims Loretta Lynn as "Artist of the Decade."
In 1981 NBC-TVs "The Midnight Special" airs for the last time.
In 1982 "Crimson & Clover" by Joan Jett and "Caught Up In You" by 38 Special both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1987 Bangles' singer/guitarist Susannah Hoffs makes her acting debut in "The All-nighter."
In 1987 A U.S. federal appeals court rules a British man had no right to sell Elvis Presley merchandise, such as women's underwear bearing his likeness.
In 1987 Billy Joel announces plans to be the first U.S. rock star to perform in the Soviet Union, with concerts in Moscow and Leningrad.
In 1988 Citing first amendment rights, a Nevada judge clears Billy Joel of defamation charges filed by musician John Powers. Joel called Powers a creep in a Playboy interview.
In 1991 Sinead O'Connor sends Hammer a $2600 bill for a plane ticket to Ireland, after he offered to pay for her return when she complained about America. Hammer pays the bill.
In 1991 The choice of Billy Joel as the commencement speaker at Fairfield University in Connecticut sparked a controversy when a professor at the Jesuit school said Joel's song "Only the Good Die Young" was anti-Catholic.
In 1993 A man was arrested and charged with trespassing after trying repeatedly to get into Michael Jackson's estate in Encino, CA.
In 1993 Supermodel Naomi Campbell announces on Irish TV that she was engaged to U2's Adam Clayton.
In 1993 "Freak Me" by Silk hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1994 Snoop Doggy Dogg makes his TV debut, playing himself on "Martin."
In 1994 Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy.
In 1996 Garbage's debut album "Garbage" and Alanis Morissette's single "Ironic" are both certified gold.
In 1997 Boston's album "Greatest Hits" is released.
In 1998 From Sydney, Australia, MTV's "Live from the 10 Spot" features Van Halen with new lead singer Gary Cherone.
In 1999 The Dixie Chicks' Emily Erwin marries musician Charlie Robison.
In 1999 Paintings by Paul McCartney are exhibited at the Lyz Art Forum in Germany.
In 1999 Drummer Darrell Sweet, 51, of Nazareth dies of a heart attack as the band arrived for a show in New Albany, Indiana. He was 51.
In 2000 "Livin' La Vida Loca" receives top honors at BMI's Latin Awards.
In 2001 "Touring Band 2000," a 3-hour DVD featuring live performances from Pearl Jam, is released.
In 2013 Chris Kelly, half of the 1990's rap duo Kris Kross ("Jump") dies at an Atlanta hospital of an apparent drug overdose. He was 34.