1975 Dutch singer-songwriter Anouk is born Anouk Teeuwe in The Hague, Netherlands.
1974 Dr. John releases the album Desitively Bonnaroo. The title, a creole saying for "good stuff," provides the appellation for the Bonnaroo music festival.
1972 Slipknot bass player Paul Gray is born in Los Angeles, but is raised in Des Moines, Iowa.
1964 Rapper Biz Markie is born Marcel Theo Hall in New Jersey.
1964 The Supremes record "Where Did Our Love Go," which becomes their breakout hit.
1963 Patty Duke wins the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for The Miracle Worker.
1963 Frank Sinatra hosts the 35th Academy Awards, held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Lawrence of Arabia wins Best Picture, with composer Maurice Jarre taking home Best Original Score. Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer land Best Original Song for "Days Of Wine And Roses" from the film of the same name.
1962 Guitarist Izzy Stradlin, a founding member of Guns N' Roses, is born Jeffrey Dean Isbell in Lafayette, Indiana.
1956 The Johnny Burnette Trio (with brother Dorsey) make the first of three appearances on Ted Mack's Amateur Hour on ABC-TV.
1947 Rock guitarist Steve Howe (of Yes) is born in Holloway, London, England.
1947 Pioneering Christian rock performer Larry Norman is born in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1944 Drummer Keef Hartley (of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley Band) is born in Preston, Lancashire, England.
Kurt Cobain's body is found in his Seattle home by an electrician sent to install a burglar alarm. He is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound three days earlier. The Nirvana song "Come As You Are" takes on new meaning with the line, "I swear that I don't have a gun."Read more
2016 Bruce Springsteen cancels an upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina, in protest of a state law limiting the rights of transgender people. "Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry - which is happening as I write - is one of them," he writes. Pearl Jam follows suit, bowing out of a show in Raleigh.
1980 The TV movie Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, based on the song "The Gambler," airs on CBS. It becomes the highest-rated TV movie of the year and leads to four sequels, all starring Rogers.
1977 The Clash release their self-titled debut album on CBS Records.
1968 The TV special Petula airs on NBC. At one point in the show, host Petula Clark grabs hold of Harry Belafonte's arm while they are singing a duet. This marks the first time a white woman and black man have physical contact on TV in such context.More
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