1989 Steve Rubell, one of the owners of Studio 54, dies of AIDS-related causes at age 45.
1984 Original "Hound Dog" singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton dies at age 57 in a Los Angeles boarding house after a long-time struggle with alcohol abuse.
1980 Eric Carr makes his debut as Kiss drummer.
1975 A California federal judge rules that San Francisco had a right to arrest Miracles singer Smokey Robinson the previous year, even though his name only matched the alias of the criminal he was confused with.
1973 The Doobie Brothers release "China Grove." Lead singer Tom Johnston made up the story about the strange little town, and later found out that there's a real China Grove in Texas.
1970 The Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You" hits #1 for the first of four weeks.
1969 Yes release their self-titled debut album, one of the first in the progressive rock genre.
1966 The Monkees record their debut single, "Last Train To Clarksville."
1966 The Supremes release "You Can't Hurry Love."
1958 Guitarist and singer/songwriter Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth) is born in Coral Gables, Florida.
1956 The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria collides with the Swedish liner Stockholm, killing 52 instantly and sinking the Andrea Doria. On board is Mike Stoller, who becomes half of the famous Lieber-Stoller songwriting team.
AC/DC release Back In Black, their first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who died five months earlier.Read more
2001 Aaliyah gives her final performance, singing "More Than a Woman" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Exactly one month later, she is flying back from a video shoot in the Bahamas when the overloaded plane crashes and explodes on the runway, killing everyone on board.
1975 The musical A Chorus Line debuts on Broadway, the first of 6,137 performances in a 15-year run.
1964 The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night goes to #1 in America, where it stays for 14 weeks. It is already the #1 album in the UK, where it has a 21-week run at the top.
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