1946 Rick Coonce (drummer for The Grass Roots) is born Erik Michael Coonce in Los Angeles, California.
1942 In response to what it sees as a threat from the new fad, phonograph records, the American Federation of Musicians goes on strike (but only for recording, not live, gigs).
1942 Jimmy Dorsey records "Charleston Alley."
1934 Leadbelly is released from prison after a four-year stint for attempted homicide.
1930 Composer Lionel Bart is born in Stepney, London, England.
1779 Francis Scott Key is born in Carroll County, Maryland.
MTV goes on the air, bringing music videos to the masses - at least the ones with cable.Read more
1994 Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announce that they are married, having wed at a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic 11 weeks earlier.
1990 After writing "Blaze of Glory" for the film, Jon Bon Jovi makes his acting debut in Young Guns II, playing an inmate who gets shot.
1971 The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour, starring the popular duo, premieres on CBS.
1942 Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead is born in San Francisco, California.
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