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1963 Neil Young, 17, plays his first show, performing at a country club in Winnipeg.

1960 Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man" enters the R&B charts.

1956 Johnny Rotten (The Sex Pistols) is born in Holloway, London, England.

1956 Elvis Presley signs with the William Morris Agency in order to make himself available to film studios.

1951 Harry Wayne Casey, founder of KC and the Sunshine Band, is born in Opa-locka, Florida.

1951 Phil Manzanera (lead guitarist of Roxy Music) is born Philip Geoffrey Targett-Adams in London, England.

1946 Terry Kath, co-founder and guitarist of (Chicago), is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1944 Electric blues harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite is born in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

1928 Chuck Willis, known for his rendition of "C.C. Rider," is born in Atlanta.

1923 Broadway and film star Carol Channing is born in Seattle, Washington. Her breakout role comes in 1949 when she plays Lorelei Lee in the Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and introduces the popular tune "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend."

1921 Italian tenor Mario Lanza is born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He takes his stage name from his mother's maiden name: Maria Lanza.

1892 Singer and entertainer Eddie Cantor is born Edward Israel Iskowitz in New York City. He catches his break when he lands a contract with the popular theatrical revue Ziegfeld Follies.

1882 Peter Dawson, famed Australian bass-baritone who made popular recordings of "Advance Australia Fair," "Waltzing Matilda," and "Song Of Australia," is born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Scottish parents Thomas and Alison Dawson.

1797 Austrian composer Franz Schubert is born in Vienna.

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Beyonce, Taylor Swift Break Grammy Award Records

2010

Taylor Swift and Beyoncé sweep the Grammy Awards with record-breaking wins. Earning Album of the Year for Fearless at age 19, Swift is the youngest artist to ever win the award. Beyoncé wins six out of ten nominations - including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) " - giving her the most wins in one night of any female artist.

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