In 1927 Jimmie Rodgers records "Sleep Baby Sleep" and "Soldier's Sweetheart."
In 1956 "My Prayer" by the Platters hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1956 "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley and "The Flying Saucer" by Buchanan & Goodman both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1957 The Everly Brothers introduce "Wake Up Little Susie" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1958 Billboard Magazine introduces their first Hot 100 singles chart.
In 1958 "Rock-In Robin" by Bobby Day, "Chantilly Lace" by Big Bopper and "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1958 "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1962 "Ramblin' Rose" by Nat King Cole and "She's Not You" by Elvis Presley both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964 After a wild riot broke out at a record hop in Medford, MA, local authorities ban further rock & roll dances there.
In 1966 Many U.S radio stations ban the airplay of records by the Beatles, following an interview the previous March when John Lennon suggests that the Beatles might be more popular than Jesus Christ.
In 1968 100,000 attend the 2-day Newport Pop Festival begins in Costa Mesa, CA, featuring Sonny & Cher, Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Iron Butterfly and Eric Burdon.
In 1970 Jim Morrison is arrested for public drunkenness when an elderly Los Angeles woman opens her door and stumbles over him.
In 1970 "Ride Captain Ride" by Blues Image is certified gold.
In 1972 Elvis Presley's album "Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden" is certified gold.
In 1973 "Half-Breed" by Cher enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1973 "The Morning After" by Maureen McGovern hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1974 "Loves Me Like A Rock" by Paul Simon enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1975 While on vacation in the Mediterranean, Robert Plant and his family suffer broken bones in an auto accident. Plant is unable to perform for over a year.
In 1979 Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald and Nicolette Larson play at a Los Angeles benefit concert to raise money for the widow of Lowell George (Little Feat).
In 1979 "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1980 John Lennon & Yoko Ono begin recording on what would be his last album, "Double Fantasy."
In 1981 Ricky Skaggs marries Sharon White in Nashville, TN.
In 1981 "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield is certified gold.
In 1984 Phil Collins weds Jill Tavelman.
In 1984 "Drive" by the Cars enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 "Purple Rain" by Prince hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 24 weeks.
In 1986 Merle Haggard disappoints 10,000 Clark County, Washington, fair fans when he misses a concert with a case of the flu.
In 1987 Country singer Kenny Price (Elrod the sheriff on "Hee Haw") dies of a heart attack at age 56.
In 1987 The soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing" is released.
In 1987 Whitney Houston's album "Whitney" is certified double platinum.
In 1990 "Thieves In The Temple" by Prince and "Tonight" by New Kids On The Block both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1990 "Vision Of Love" by Mariah Carey hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1992 Pearl Jam's album "Ten" goes double platinum.
In 1994 The Rolling Stones turn down an invitation to tour the White House.
In 1994 Natalie Merchant announces she's leaving 10,000 Maniacs.
In 1994 Dire Straits' album "Money For Nothing" is certified platinum as is Van Halen's CD "Fair Warning."
In 1995 The H.O.R.D.E Tour with the Black Crowes, Ziggy Marley and Blues Traveler begins in Noblesville, Indiana.
In 1997 No Doubt's album "Tragic Kingdom" is certified platinum for the eighth time.
In 1998 MTV cuts its channel feed to 500,000 homes in Amsterdam over a dispute with network provider A2000.
In 1999 RIAA drops all litigation against Diamond Multimedia, makers of the MP3 player Rio, which it feared would increase music piracy.
In 1999 "Wild Wild West" by Will Smith is certified gold.
In 2000 LeAnn Rimes makes a cameo appearance as herself in "Coyote Ugly."
In 2000 The Montreux Jazz Festival launches its first U.S. tour in Chicago, featuring Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Joe Sample and David Sanborn.
In 2001 Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics marries Anowshka Fisz.