In 1952 Hank Williams is fired from the Grand Ole Opry for unreliability due to alcoholism.
In 1956 "Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1958 "Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley, featured in his movie "King Creole," is certified gold.
In 1962 "Green Onions" by Booker T. and the MG's and "Surfin' Safari" by the Beach Boys both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1962 "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Neil Sedaka hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1963 The Kingston Trio are the mystery guests on the TV game show "What's My Line?"
In 1964 The Beatles' movie "A Hard Day's Night" opens in New York and then nationwide the following day.
In 1966 The Beatles arrive at Chicago's O'Hare Airport to begin their last tour of the U.S.
In 1966 "Lil' Red Riding Hood" by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs is certified gold.
In 1972 Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla file for divorce.
In 1972 It is declared "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio, TX, by the city's mayor. The comic duo pledged to donate a free concert to the winners of a local high school's voter-registration contest.
In 1973 Roy Clark appears on the cover of TV Guide.
In 1973 "Free Ride" by the Edgar Winter Group enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1973 Henry McCullough and drummer Danny Selwell leave Paul McCartney's band Wings.
In 1975 Sonny Bono appears on the cover of People.
In 1975 Aerosmith's album "Toys In The Attic" is certified gold.
In 1976 Elton John begins a 7-night sold-out engagement at Madison Square Garden, breaking the house's attendance record.
In 1976 Keith Moon, drummer for the Who, collapses and is hospitalized in Miami.
In 1977 Diana Ross appears on the cover of Rolling Stone.
In 1979 "Pop Muzik" by M enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1982 Three years after its release, the Pretenders debut album is certified platinum.
In 1984 "Cover Me" by Bruce Springsteen enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1986 After almost 20 years, six Monkees albums are re-released and re-enter Billboard's albums chart.
In 1987 Rolling Stone names the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as "The best album made during the last 20 years."
In 1989 Ringo Starr's All-Star Band plays New Jersey and Bruce Springsteen jumps onstage for the final four songs.
In 1989 "Batdance" by Prince is certified gold and platinum.
In 1992 R.E.O. Speedwagon's album "A Decade Of Rock And Roll" is certified platinum, while Genesis' CD "Genesis" goes triple platinum.
In 1993 Author Salman Rushdiem, under a death threat in Iran, makes a surprise appearance onstage at a U2 concert in London.
In 1994 Boston's album "Walk On" is certified gold.
In 1995 A private funeral is held for Jerry Garcia at an Episcopal church in San Francisco.
In 1995 Reba McEntire earns her 10th platinum album with "The Last One To Know."
In 1996 Mel Taylor, drummer for the Ventures, dies of lung cancer at age 62.
In 1997 Third Eye Blind's album "Third Eye Blind" is certified gold.
In 1998 The Rolling Stones make their concert debut in Moscow.
In 1998 Sunrise, Florida, declares it "Smashing Pumpkins Day."
In 1998 "Come With Me" by Puff Daddy (featuring Jimmy Page) goes platinum.
In 1999 Kiss receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.