In 1956 Nat "King" Cole was attacked and severely beaten onstage in Birmingham, AL, by a group of segregationists.
In 1956 The Stratocaster was patented by Leo Fender.
In 1957 Ricky Nelson made his singing debut on TV's "Ozzie & Harriet," performing "I'm Walkin'" at 16.
In 1958 Bobby Darin recorded "Splish Splash."
In 1958 Singer/songwriter Chuck Willis ("C.C. Rider," "What Am I Living For") died from peritonitis at age 38.
In 1961 Del Shannon debuted on "American Bandstand," performing "Runaway."
In 1962 Original Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe died of cerebral paralysis.
In 1964 Barbra Streisand appeared on the cover of Time magazine.
In 1964 "The Beatles Second Album" (they're third) was released in the U.S.
In 1965 "It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones entered the U.S. Top 40 charts.
In 1965 "I'm Telling You Now" by Freddie & the Dreamers hit #1 on the U.S. Top 40 charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1967 Paul McCartney visited a Beach Boys recording session, apparently helping them to produce "Vegetables," a track included on the group's "Smiley Smile" album.
In 1970 The Nice broke up. Leader Keith Emerson announces his intention to form a band (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer) with bassist Greg Lake.
In 1970 Doors singer Jim Morrison asked Boston fans if they wanted to see his genitals. Keyboardist, Ray Manzarek drags him offstage.
In 1971 "Take Me Home Country Roads" by John Denver and "Love Her Madly" by the Doors both entered the U.S. Top 40 charts.
In 1972 "Theme from Shaft," written by Isaac Hayes, won the Best Original Song Oscar.
In 1973 Led Zeppelin's album "Houses of the Holy" was certified gold.
In 1975 Roger Daltry appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1976 "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney & Wings and "Turn The Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson entered the U.S. Top 40 charts.
In 1976 Peter Frampton's LP "Frampton Comes Alive!" began a 10-week run a #1 on Billboard's albums chart.
In 1978 Cher and their boyfriend Gene Simmons of Kiss appeared on the cover of People magazine.
In 1980 "Workin' My Way Back To You" by the Spinners was certified gold.
In 1981 The film "Caveman" with Ringo Starr premiered in theaters.
In 1981 Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott married model Peggy Sue Fender in London. (Honeyman-Scott died in 1982 of a drug overdose.)
In 1982 The Paul McCartney-Stevie Wonder duet "Ebony and Ivory" entered U.S. Top 40 charts.
In 1988 Ozzy Osbourne announced he would like to tour the world's insane asylums.
In 1989 Alabama was named ACM Artist of the Decade.
In 1991 A judge in Louisville, KY, reduced the arson charge against New Kid on the Block's Donnie Wahlberg in exchange for his recording of fire safety, drug abuse, and drunk driving public service announcements.
In 1992 Axl Rose left Chicago ahead of the Cook County sheriff who was going to arrest him on charges stemming from a riot the previous summer at a rock concert in St. Louis.
In 1994 More than 10,000 people turned out for a memorial in Seattle for Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain.
In 1995 L.L. Cool J made his TV debut, playing a football player on NBC's "In The House."
In 1998 Busta Rhymes' single "Turn It Up" was released.
In 1998 Third Eye Blind's album "Third Eye Blind" was certified double platinum, while Natalie Merchant's CD "Tigerlily" went quadruple platinum.
In 2000 Sony Music announced plans to make its first commercial digital downloads available to U.S. consumers.
In 2001 Eminem was given 2 years probation for using a gun to hit a man kissing his wife the previous June.
In 2003 Little Eva ("The Loco-motion") died of cancer at age 59.
In 2004 Two months after her infamous breast-baring incident at the Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson earns NBC's "Saturday Night Live" its most significant ratings in more than a year as host.
In 2004 Beck weds Marissa Ribisi.