In 1904 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan, Italy.
In 1952 Johnny Cash earned his first #1 record with "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen."
In 1955 Little Richard sent his first audition tape to Specialty Records.
In 1958 "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Little Richard and "Sweet Little Sixteen" by Chuck Berry entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1960 Elvis Presley received his first gold album for "Elvis."
In 1962 "Surfin'" by the Beach Boys entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1962 "Duke Of Earl" by Gene Chandler hit #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for three weeks.
In 1964, the first Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass concert took place in Los Angeles, CA.
In 1967 The Beatles' single "Penny Lane" b/w "Strawberry Fields Forever" was released in the U.K.
In 1968 The Temptations performed on T.V.'s "Hollywood Palace."
In 1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash began collaboration on a recording project in Nashville.
In 1970 Joni Mitchell announced at a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall that she would not perform live again. But before the year was out, she performed at the Isle of Wight Festival.
In 1971 James Taylor made his prime-time television debut on the "Johnny Cash Show," singing "Fire & Rain" and "Carolina On My Mind."
In 1972 Pink Floyd opened the first of 3 nights of performances at the Rainbow Theater in London, during which they premiered selections from their upcoming album "Dark Side Of The Moon."
In 1972 "Sunshine" by Jonathan Edwards was certified gold.
In 1973 "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando and Dawn entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1975 John Lennon's album "Rock 'N Roll" was released, his last L.P. until "Double Fantasy" in 1980.
In 1976 Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society gave its annual "Woman of the Year" award to Bette Midler.
In 1976 The Eagles' album "Greatest Hits 1971-75" was released.
In 1979 The Clash opened their first U.S. tour with the song "I'm So Bored With The U.S.A."
In 1982 Jazz great Thelonious Monk ("Round Midnight") dies at age 64.
In 1982 Simon & Garfunkel's album "The Concert In Central Park" was released.
In 1987 Sly Stone was jailed in Los Angeles on two warrants stemming from drug charges in Los Angeles and Florida.
In 1988 A 12-year-old Motley Crue fan set his legs on fire trying to duplicate a stunt in the group's "Live Wire" video. The band issued a statement saying they should not try their tricks at home.
In 1989 Whitesnake's David Coverdale married actress/model Tawny Kitaen.
In 1990 Aerosmith guests on "Saturday Night Live" and discussed politics on "Wayne's World."
In 1992 More than 50 fans were injured in a stampede at a New Kids On The Block concert in Seoul, South Korea. One teenage girl later died of her injuries.
In 1994 Z.Z. Top's album "Greatest Hits" by is certified double platinum.
In 1995 R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe formed Single Cell Pictures, a film production company in Hollywood.
In 1999 Whitney Houston's single "Heartbreak Hotel" was certified gold, and Britney Spears' CD "...Baby One More Time" goes double platinum.
In 2000 Poison's album "Greatest Hits 1986-1996" goes platinum, while Santana's CD "Supernatural" is certified platinum for the 8thtime.
In 2001 Brad Paisley joined the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2006 Singer William Cowsill of The Cowsills ("The Rain, The Park & Other Things), which inspired "The Partridge Family," died at 58.
In 2014 Devo guitarist Bob Casale died from health complications that led to heart failure.