In 1954 Elvis Presley gave his first public performance, playing on a flatbed truck parked outside a drug store in Memphis.
In 1963 "Surf City" by Jan & Dean hit #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," was released in the U.S.
In 1965, Lovin' Spoonful's first single, "Do You Believe in Magic," was released.
In 1967 Paul McCartney attended a recording session at Chappel Studios as Chris Barber recorded the first commercially released version of one of his earliest songwriting efforts, "Catcall."
In 1968 Jane Asher announced 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 appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1968 Iron Butterfly's album "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda" was released. The 17-minute title track featured a 10-minute drum solo.
In 1968 "People Got To Be Free" by the Rascals entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1968 "Grazing In The Grass" by Hugh Masekela hit #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" debuted, featuring the Carpenters.
In 1972 Paul Simon appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1974 Drummer Joey Ramone became 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 charts.
In 1975 Bruce Springsteen was reunited with Steve Van Zandt (Little Steven) when the guitarist joined the E Street Band.
In 1978 "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" by Meat Loaf was certified gold.
In 1979 Electric Light Orchestra took 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," entered 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 celebrated its 20th anniversary at a concert in San Francisco that featured all the previous band members.
In 1987 Mick Jagger shot the video for his solo hit "Let's Work" in New York, NY.
In 1990 Prince announced he would market a line of clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs.
In 1991 Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' album "Into The Great Wide Open" entered the U.S. albums chart.
In 1991 "Something To Talk About" by Bonnie Raitt entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1991 "Unbelievable" by EMF was #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1992 Little River Band's album "Little River Band Greatest Hits" was certified double platinum.
In 1994 Stone Temple Pilots' album "Purple" was certified gold, platinum, and double platinum.
In 1995 The HBO special "Barbra Streisand: The Concert" received 12 Emmy nominations.
In 1996 "Change The World" by Eric Clapton entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1996 "It Was Written" by NAS debuted 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, which 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" was certified platinum.
In 1998 "The Boy Is Mine" by Brandy & Monica went double platinum.
In 1999 Geri Halliwell's album "Schizophonic" was certified gold.
In 2000 Carlos Santana opened the North American leg of his sold-out 22-city world tour in West Palm Beach, Florida.