In 1927 Jimmie Rodgers recorded "Sleep Baby Sleep" and "Soldier's Sweetheart."
In 1956 "My Prayer" by the Platters hit #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 entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1957 The Everly Brothers introduced "Wake Up Little Susie" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1958 Billboard Magazine introduced its 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 entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1958 "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson was #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 entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1964 After a wild riot broke out at a record hop in Medford, MA, local authorities banned further rock & roll dances there.
In 1966 Many U.S. radio stations banned the airplay of records by the Beatles, following an interview the previous March when John Lennon suggested that the Beatles might be more popular than Jesus Christ.
In 1968 100,000 attended the 2-day Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, CA, featuring Sonny & Cher, Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Iron Butterfly, and Eric Burdon.
In 1970 Jim Morrison was arrested for public drunkenness when an elderly Los Angeles woman opened her door and stumbled over him.
In 1970 "Ride Captain Ride" by Blues Image was certified gold.
In 1972 Elvis Presley's album "Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden" was certified gold.
In 1973 "Half-Breed" by Cher entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1973 "The Morning After" by Maureen McGovern hit #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1974 "Loves Me Like A Rock" by Paul Simon entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1975 While on vacation in the Mediterranean, Robert Plant and his family suffered broken bones in an auto accident. The plant has been unable to perform for over a year.
In 1979 Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, and Nicolette Larson played 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 entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1980 John Lennon & Yoko Ono began recording on what would be his last album, "Double Fantasy."
In 1981 Ricky Skaggs married Sharon White in Nashville, TN.
In 1981 "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield was certified gold.
In 1984 Phil Collins weds Jill Tavelman.
In 1984 "Drive" by the Cars entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1984 "Purple Rain" by Prince hit #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 24 weeks.
In 1986 Merle Haggard disappointed 10,000 Clark County, Washington, fair fans when he missed a concert with a case of the flu.
In 1987 Country singer Kenny Price (Elrod, the sheriff on "Hee Haw") died of a heart attack at age 56.
In 1987 The soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing" was released.
In 1987 Whitney Houston's album "Whitney" was certified double platinum.
In 1990 "Thieves In The Temple" by Prince and "Tonight" by New Kids On The Block entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1990 "Vision Of Love" by Mariah Carey hit #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1992 Pearl Jam's album "Ten" went double platinum.
In 1994 The Rolling Stones turned down an invitation to tour the White House.
In 1994 Natalie Merchant announced she was leaving 10,000 Maniacs.
In 1994 Dire Straits' album "Money For Nothing" was certified platinum, as was Van Halen's CD "Fair Warning."
In 1995 The H.O.R.D.E Tour with the Black Crowes, Ziggy Marley, and Blues Traveler began in Noblesville, Indiana.
In 1997 No Doubt's album "Tragic Kingdom" was certified platinum for the eighth time.
In 1998 MTV cut its channel feed to 500,000 homes in Amsterdam over a dispute with network provider A2000.
In 1999 RIAA dropped 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 was certified gold.
In 2000 LeAnn Rimes made a cameo appearance as herself in "Coyote Ugly."
In 2000 The Montreux Jazz Festival launched its first U.S. tour in Chicago, featuring Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Joe Sample, and David Sanborn.
In 2001 Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics married Anowshka Fisz.