In 1954 Elvis Presley gives his first public performance, playing on a flatbed truck parked outside a drug store in Memphis.
In 1963 "Surf City" by Jan & Dean hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1964 The Beatles' album "Something New," containing the singles "And I Love Her" and "Slow Down," is released in the U.S.
In 1965 Lovin' Spoonful's first single, "Do You Believe in Magic," is released.
In 1967 Paul McCartney attends a recording session at Chappel Studios as Chris Barber records the first commercially released version of one of his earliest songwriting efforts, "Catcall."
In 1968 Jane Asher announces on the BBC program "Dee Time" that Paul McCartney had broken off their engagement. McCartney, who was watching the program, was said to have been taken by surprise.
In 1968 Frank Zappa appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1968 Iron Butterfly's album "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda" is released. The 17-minute title track featured a 10-minute drum solo.
In 1968 "People Got To Be Free" by the Rascals enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 "Grazing In The Grass" by Hugh Masekela hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1971 NBC-TV's variety show "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" debuts featuring the Carpenters.
In 1972 Paul Simon appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1974 Drummer Joey Ramone becomes the lead vocalist for the Ramones.
In 1974 "Clap For The Wolfman" by Guess Who and "Beach Baby" by First Class both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1975 Bruce Springsteen is reunited with Steve Van Zandt (Little Steven) when the guitarist joins the E Street Band.
In 1978 "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" by Meat Loaf is certified gold.
In 1979 Electric Light Orchestra takes out advertising dedicating their song "Don't Bring Me Down" to Skylab.
In 1985 Sting's solo album, "The Dream of the Blue Turtles," containing the single "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," enters the U.S. albums chart.
In 1986 "Sid & Nancy," a film biography of the Sex Pistols, premieres in London with Gary Oldman playing Sid Vicious.
In 1986 Santana celebrates its 20th anniversary at a concert in San Francisco that features all the previous band members.
In 1987 Mick Jagger shoots the video for his solo hit "Let's Work" in New York, NY.
In 1990 Prince announces he will market a line of clothing, jewelry and souvenirs.
In 1991 Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' album "Into The Great Wide Open" enters the U.S. albums chart.
In 1991 "Something To Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1991 "Unbelievable" by EMF is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1992 Little River Band's album "Little River Band Greatest Hits" is certified double platinum.
In 1994 Stone Temple Pilots's album "Purple" is certified gold, platinum and double platinum.
In 1995 The HBO special "Barbra Streisand: The Concert" receives 12 Emmy nominations.
In 1996 "Change The World" by Eric Clapton enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1996 "It Was Written" by NAS debuts at #1 on the U.S. albums chart.
In 1998 Reporters are given a preview tour of Paul McCartney's boyhood home in Liverpool, England, that had been restored to its 1950's condition by Britain's National Trust.
In 1998 Don Henley's album "Actual Miles-Don Henley's Greatest Hits" is certified platinum.
In 1998 "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica goes double platinum.
In 1999 Geri Halliwell's album "Schizophonic" is certified gold.
In 2000 Carlos Santana opens the North American leg of his sold-out 22 city world tour in West Palm Beach, Florida.