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2016 Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies at 69 after a battle with cancer.

2016 One Direction's Louis Tomlinson loses his 43-year-old mother, Johannah Deakin, to leukemia.

2015 Less than a month after their concert was invaded by terrorists and many of their fans murdered, Eagles of Death Metal make an emotional return to the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, where they lay flowers in memory of the 90 dead. They also join U2 on stage at the AccorsHotel Arena to perform Patti Smith's "People Have the Power." "Don't Let It Go Away" is performed by the Missing People Choir in a carol service at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square in the evening.

2011 30 Seconds to Mars breaks the record for most shows performed during a single album cycle when they play their 300th concert in support of their album This Is War at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

2011 The Black Keys, who won three Grammy Awards in 2011, appear on The Colbert Report. They play "Lonely Boy" and "Gold on the Ceiling."

2010 Judas Priest announces that their Epitaph World Tour, which will run until 2012, will be their last major tour. In 2013 they change their minds and pick up right where they left off.

2008 Classics IV frontman Dennis Yost dies of respiratory failure at age 65, two years after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a fall.

2003 Mary J. Blige marries her manager, Martin "Kendu" Isaacs. She files for divorce in 2016.

1996 Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart" hits #1 in America for the first of 11 weeks.

1990 Soul singer Dee Clark, known for the 1961 hit "Raindrops," dies of a heart attack at age 52.

1987 Aaron Carter is born in Tampa, Florida, to a family that includes brother Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys. Aaron will release his self-titled debut album by the time he's 10.

1987 Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Judy Collins (among others) appear onstage at Carnegie Hall to pay tribute to Harry Chapin, who would have been celebrating his 45th birthday.

1987 Harry Chapin receives a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts in fighting hunger. Along with Bill Ayres, Chapin founded World Hunger Year, which is later re-named WhyHunger and becomes a very effective organization in distributing food to those in need.

1985 "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister hits #1 in the US for the first of two weeks.

1980 Darby Crash (of the Germs) commits suicide at age 22 through an intentional heroin overdose.

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Song In French By Belgian Nun Hits #1 In America

1963

The Singing Nun's "Dominique" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.

When Jeanine Deckers entered a Dominican convent in Belgium, she was allowed to keep her guitar, which she used to entertain the sisters and perform at retreats. She composed her own songs, including one about St. Dominic, the founder of her order, called "Dominique." Philips Records in Brussels agreed to record an album of her songs and press a few hundred copies, but when they heard it, they decided to press thousands of copies and distribute them around Europe, earning money for the convent to support their good deeds.

When she became a nun, Deckers took the name Sister Luc-Gabrielle; Philips gave her the stage name Sœur Sourire, meaning "Sister Smile." The album did surprisingly well, so Philips issued it in America, naming her "The Singing Nun" for this audience. The album went nowhere, but a music publisher for the label thought "Dominique" had hit potential, and released it as a single. Even though it's sung in Luc-Gabrielle's native French, the song captivates American listeners and climbs all the way to the top, where it stays for four weeks. In 1964, she performs in on the Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1965, she leaves the order and releases an ode to contraception called "Glory Be to God for the Golden Pill." This and her other efforts go nowhere, and she finds herself in financial distress, exasperated when the Belgian government comes after her for taxes on her earnings, which all went to the convent. In 1985, she and her partner, a one-time nun named Annie Pecher whom she met at the convent, kill themselves by ingesting deadly does of barbiturates.

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