In 1937 Composer Maurice Ravel died in Paris, France.
In 1944 The musical "On the Town," with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, opened on Broadway.
In 1957 Ricky Nelson was featured on the cover of TV Guide.
In 1959 "Why" by Frankie Avalon was #1 on the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1962 The Beatles performed one of their last concerts at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.
In 1963 Bobby Vee ("The Night Has A Thousand Eyes") married Karen Bergen.
In 1968 The Miami Festival featuring Steppenwolf, 3 Dog Night, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, Turtles, Canned Heat, and Joni Mitchell got underway in Hallandale, FL. 100,000 people show up at the 3-day event.
In 1968 The Beatles' so-called "White Album" hit #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 9 weeks (non-consecutive).
In 1968 "Touch Me" by the Doors and "This Magic Moment" by Jay & the Americans both entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1969 "Temptations Day" was declared in Detroit.
In 1971 The Who's Keith Moon emceed a Sha Na Na show at New York's Carnegie Hall.
In 1973 Gordon Lightfoot's album "Sundown" was released. (It only charts by the following March.)
In 1973 "Photograph" by Ringo Starr and "The Love I Lost" by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were both certified gold.
In 1974 "Lonely People" by America entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1974 "Angie Baby" by Helen Reddy was #1 on the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1975 While Ted Nugent was performing in Spokane, WA, a man pointed a .44 Magnum at him. Fans and police grab him before he can shoot.
In 1976 Blues great Freddie King, who influenced Eric Clapton, died at 42.
In 1983 Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson, 39, drowned in Marina Del Rey, CA.
In 1983 The "Making Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'" video was certified gold and platinum, a first for a music video.
In 1985 "Sara" by Starship and "Secret Lovers" by Atlantic Starr entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1990 Only 10 months after being sent to an Ohio prison for shooting a man in a tavern, Johnny Paycheck asks Governor Richard Celeste to pardon him. Less than a month later, the governor did.
In 1992 Cluckers Wood Roasted Chicken sued Kenny Rogers and former Kentucky Governor John Brown (co-owners of restaurant chain Roasters Limited) for $10 million, citing trademark infringement.
In 1992 Paul Simon and Edie Brickell had their first child, a boy they named Adrian Edward Simon.
In 1993 Billy Ray Cyrus married Leticia Finley in Tennessee.
In 1993 Shania Twain and Robert John "Mutt" Lange got married.
In 1994 Pollstar reports the Rolling Stones was the top moneymaker for the year with a record $1.4 billion in ticket sales.
In 1994 "Creep" by TLC was certified gold.
In 1995 Blues Traveler's album "Four" was certified triple platinum.
In 2001 Frankie Gaye, the younger brother of Marvin Gaye, died of complications following a heart attack. He was 60.