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2010 : Keith Richards releases his autobiography, which is called Life. His drug use is a big topic - here's a quote: "I loved a good high. And if you stay up, you get the songs that everyone else misses because they're asleep."
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Awards and Honors (3)

1965 : The Beatles are awarded Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. John Lennon claims they smoked marijuana in the bathroom before receiving the awards, although George Harrison said it was just tobacco. Harrison and Paul McCartney put the awards on their jackets for the Sgt. Pepper album cover; Lennon sent his back in 1969.
1998 : Fats Domino is awarded the National Medal of Arts from US President Bill Clinton.
2000 : Capitol Records honors Garth Brooks with a lavish party, marking Brooks' status as the only artist to sell more than 100 million albums in a decade and the only artist to sell 10 million copies of four different albums.

Band Dynamics (1)

1959 : The Everly Brothers leave their old label, Cadence, for Warner Brothers.

Births (14)

1685 : Domenico Scarlatti
1911 : Mahalia Jackson
1913 : Charlie Barnet
1929 : Neal Mathews (Jordanaires)
1944 : Alan Henderson (Them)
1944 : Michael Piano (The Sandpipers)
1946 : Keith Hopwood (Herman's Hermits)
1951 : Bootsy Collins
1952 : David Was (Was (Not Was))
1953 : Keith Strickland (The B-52's)
1963 : Natalie Merchant
1967 : Keith Urban
1978 : Mark Barry (BBMak)
1992 : Julie Fogerty, wife of husband John Fogerty of CCR, gives birth to the couple's first son (and Fogerty's fourth total), Tyler Jackson.

Certifications and Milestones (1)

1971 : Al Green's Tired Of Being Alone is certified gold.

Charts (5)

1955 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Autumn Leaves by Roger Williams
1974 : Dionne Warwick and the Spinners' "Then Came You" hits #1
1974 : Barry White's LP Can't Get Enough hits #1
1978 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Hot Child In The City by Nick Gilder
1982 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Who Can It Be Now? by Men at Work

Concerts and Festivals (2)

1998 : Marilyn Manson begins their Mechanical Animals tour with a show in Kansas City.
2001 : Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, CA.

Deaths (6)

1966 : Alma Cogan
1976 : Leonard Lee (Shirley and Lee)
1994 : Wilbert Harrison (Canned Heat)
1999 : Hoyt Axton
1999 : Rex Gildo
2013 : Al Johnson (The Unifics)

Debuts (1)

2004 : Sugarland's debut album, Twice the Speed of Life, is released. It is the only Sugarland album to feature Kristen Hall, who will go on to leave the band in 2005.

Good Deeds (1)

1998 : John Michael Montgomery raises over $14,000 for the Jessamine Humane Society at his Putt for Paws golf tournament and concert. "We have a moral obligation to take care of these homeless animals," Montgomery says. "After all, we domesticated them."

Health Issues (3)

1980 : Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship suffers what is thought to be a stroke while recording the band's latest album but is later revealed to be a brain embolism. He recovers after two weeks' hospitalization.
1980 : Paul Katner of Jefferson Starship is taken to LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after he (correctly) suspects he's having a brain hemorrhage. His wife initially doesn't believe him, but eventually calls the hospital's front desk, requesting "would you please get an ambulance for this asshole?"
2010 : Results of Ozzy Osbourne's genome sequencing are revealed. The study shows that Ozzy has a very high predisposition for alcohol and cocaine addiction, and that he was partly descended from Neanderthals.

Incidents (2)

1958 : The first rock concert is held in Berlin, Germany, and it doesn't go well, as agitated youth fight during a performance by Bill Haley and his Comets. By the time police cleared the Berlin Sportpalast, where the concert was held, five policemen and six audience members were seriously injured.
1996 : Tragedy strikes at Ozzfest in Devore, California when police officer Ruben Rios is struck and killed by a motorist while directing traffic.

Innovations (1)

1993 : Michael Jackson is awarded a patent for the system that allows him to lean in unnatural angles during performances of "Smooth Criminal." To recreate the video on stage, Jackson and his dancers wore special shoes that they could insert into pegs set up on stage for the famous lean.

Legal Issues (3)

1970 : Mrs. Alta Mae Anderson, mother of Meredith Hunter, The Rolling Stones concertgoer murdered by Hell's Angels at their Altamont show, sues the band for hiring the infamous biker club as security.
1998 : US Federal courts refuse to issue an injunction against makers of mp3 players, one which the RIAA has been pushing for in light of rampant piracy.
2000 : Ontario Attorney-General Jim Flaherty requests that Canada's federal government, which handles immigration matters, prevent Eminem from entering the country for a concert at Toronto's SkyDome. The request stems from a complaint filed to the Toronto police hate crimes squad by a community activist who claims that the Interscope rapper's lyrics advocate violence toward women.

Miscellaneous (4)

1961 : Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records, his first recording contract.
1962 : In Dallas, TX, Bobby Rydell reprises his role as host of the annual Miss Teenage America Pageant.
2000 : The tree from U2's song One Tree Hill is taken down. Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the tree had been attacked by activists and had to be removed.
2007 : Acting on the advice of director David Lynch, folk-pop icon and former student of the Maharishi, Donovan, begins drawing up plans for The Invincible Donovan University, a college for studying transcendental meditation.

Recordings (5)

1934 : Cole Porter, "You're The Top"
1961 : Elvis Presley: "A Whistling Tune," "Home Is Where The Heart Is," "Riding The Rainbow"
1964 : The Beatles: Honey Don't, What You're Doing, Another Beatles Christmas Record
1964 : The Beatles record "Honey Don't" for their Beatles For Sale album after the song's writer, Carl Perkins, visits them in the studio.
1981 : Under Pressure by Queen

Releases (1)

1998 : Singer/songwriter Eros Ramazzotti celebrates his 35th birthday with the global release of his album Eros Live, featuring 15 tracks recorded during his 1997-98 worldwide tour.

TV, Radio, Press (2)

1935 : The NBC Radio show Lux Radio Theatre presents its newest find -- a 12-year-old girl singer named Judy Garland.
2010 : Keith Richards releases his autobiography, which is called Life. His drug use is a big topic - here's a quote: "I loved a good high. And if you stay up, you get the songs that everyone else misses because they're asleep."
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