1978 Jeff Stinco (lead guitarist for Simple Plan) is born Jean-Francois Stinco in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1973 Howie Dorough of Backstreet Boys is born in Orlando, Florida.
1972 Alt rocker Paul Doucette (of Matchbox Twenty) is born in North Huntington, Pennsylvania.
1970 Elton John signs with Uni, a division of MCA, as a solo act.
1970 Bread's "Make It With You" hits #1, where it will stay for one week.
1968 In the middle of recording "Back In The U.S.S.R.," Beatles drummer Ringo Starr gets frustrated, leaves the session, and takes a vacation to Sardinia. Paul McCartney takes his place on drums to complete the track. When Ringo returns, he's welcomed back with flowers on his drum kit.
1967 Layne Staley of Alice In Chains is born in Washington State.
1966 Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA (aka The Genius) is born Gary Grice.
1964 Martha and the Vandellas record "Dancing In The Streets."
1963 R&B/Soul singer James DeBarge (of DeBarge) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1961 Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears is born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1961 Bangles drummer Debbi Peterson is born in Los Angeles.
1958 Vernon Reid is born in London. He is raised in Brooklyn and forms the band Living Colour - he is the guitarist and a primary songwriter.
1958 Guitarist Ian Mitchell (of Bay City Rollers) is born in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland. He is just 17 years old when he joins the band in 1976.
1957 Country singer-songwriter Holly Dunn is born in San Antonio, Texas.
After three years without a big hit, The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" hits #1 in the US, the first of five consecutive chart-toppers.Read more
2012 Rap star LL Cool J hears his alarm go off in his Los Angeles home and rushes downstairs to confront an alleged burglar named Jonathan Kirby. One broken nose, jaw, and rib later, Cool J has subdued the intruder and police are on their way to take the suspect into custody. No word on whether LL quoted one of his own songs, "Mama Said Knock You Out," during the altercation.
1998 With Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley in the audience, Jim Carrey joins Elton John on stage at a show in Anaheim, California, where the pair duet on "Rocket Man." After a reasonably straight rendition, Carrey sits at the piano and smashes his head into the keys.
1986 The movie Stand By Me is released in theaters. It's based on a novella by Stephen King called The Body, but director Rob Reiner decides to name it after the famous song to play up the friendship storyline and keep it from sounding like a slasher film.More
1969 The Beatles participate in their final photo shoot, which is held on the lawn of John Lennon's home at Tittenhurst Park in Sunninghill, England. Photos from the session are used on the front and back covers of their Hey Jude compilation album.More
1963 Myra Ellen Amos is born to a religious family in Newton, North Carolina. She changes her name to Tori and becomes an alt-rock icon of the '90s with empowering tunes about women, right-wing politics, and religious oppression.More
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