1978 Duran Duran play their first live gig, in Birmingham, England. Singer Stephen Duffy leaves the band two years later and is replaced by Simon Le Bon - shortly before the band are signed to EMI records.
1975 Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You," with the most famous high note of the '70s, is the #1 hit in America.
1974 The Guess Who host a celebrity tennis tournament in Toronto to benefit Ballet of Canada.
1973 R&B singer Pharrell Williams is born in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1971 Chicago is the first American rock band to perform at Carnegie Hall.
1969 The Guess Who's "These Eyes" enters the Billboard singles chart.
1967 Elvis Presley's 24th movie, Double Trouble, premieres in Hollywood.
1966 Alt rock guitarist Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam) is born in Pensacola, Florida.
1965 "Chim Chim Cher-ee," composed by The Sherman Brothers for the Disney musical Mary Poppins, wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
1964 Rapper Christopher "Kid" Reid (Kid 'N Play) is born in The Bronx, New York City.
1951 Everett Morton (drummer for The English Beat) is born in the West Indies.
With tensions high the night after Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated, James Brown goes ahead with his concert at the Boston Garden, agreeing to televise the show to help keep calm in the city.Read more
2008 Leona Lewis hits #1 in the US with "Bleeding Love." It's the first American hit for Lewis, who won the UK version of The X Factor in 2006.
2002 Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley dies after overdosing on heroin and cocaine. The 34-year-old singer had fallen into addiction and lost most contact with the outside world. His body isn't discovered until two weeks later, when police enter his apartment on April 19 after friends and associates report him missing.
1994 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana kills himself with a shotgun at age 27. His body isn't discovered until three days later when an electrician enters to install an alarm.
1964 The Beatles film the famous opening scene from their first movie, A Hard Day's Night, running away from several rabid female fans at London's Marylebone train station.
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