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1993 The US Postal Service introduces four new stamps honoring classic Broadway musicals: My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess, Show Boat, and Oklahoma!
1989 New York Family Court judge Judy Sheindlin, soon to become TV star "Judge Judy," orders Tom Jones to pay child support to model Katherine Berkery after making the singer take a paternity test. Their child, Jonathan Jones Berkery, becomes a singer.
1980 The combustible couple Glen Campbell and Tanya Tucker open the Republican National Convention in Detroit with a duet of the National Anthem. Campbell later admits they were "higher than the notes we were singing." Other performers at the convention include Vicki Lawrence, Donny & Marie Osmond, and Pat Boone.
1912 Woody Guthrie is born in Okemah, Oklahoma. He writes thousands of songs, many that remain unrecorded as lyric sheets in the Guthrie Archives.
2018 Drake breaks his own record for most entries on the Hot 100 at once when he places 27 songs on the tally following the release of his album Scorpion.
2014 Johnny Winter plays the Cahors Blues Festival in France. It's his last performance, as he dies two days later.
2013 In Switzerland, 73-year-old Tina Turner marries her longtime boyfriend, the record producer Erwin Bach. A few years later, he gives her one of his kidneys when she needs a transplant.
2010 Ann Kirsten Kennis, whose Polaroid photo is on the cover of Vampire Weekend's #1 album Contra, files a $2 million lawsuit against the band, their label, and the photographer, claiming she never granted permission to use it. She later settles with the band.More
2008 Rock Band 2 reveals that the new Guns N' Roses song "Shackler's Revenge" is to appear in the game.
2005 Joe Harnell, a pianist and composer who worked as an accompanist and arranger for Peggy Lee and others, dies of heart failure at age 80.
1995 At what was previously a forsaken patch of land to the north of Hartford, Connecticut, Michael Bolton plays the grand opening concert at the Meadows Music Theater. Bolton, who grew up in New Haven, is good friends with the venue's promoter Jim Koplik. 90 degree heat stifles the ceremony a bit, as soon-to-be disgraced governor John Rowland has to take off his tuxedo coat when greeting Bolton onstage.
1992 Olivia Newton-John makes public her bout with breast cancer, which she will eventually beat.
1988 Michael Jackson begins his first-ever UK tour at Wembley Stadium in London.
1988 At the height of "Elvis is Alive" mania, Nashville radio station WYHY offers a million dollars to anyone who shows up at the studios with the King.
1987 Steve Miller receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Eddie recorded his "Beat It" guitar solo in about 20 minutes, giving the song a rock edge that earned Jackson a much wider audience. When Jackson's Victory tour stops in Dallas, Eddie joins him on stage. It's a little shaky, with Eddie's guitar apparently not plugged in at the beginning, but the crowd still goes crazy.
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