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.
1951 Verdine White (bassist for Earth, Wind & Fire) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1950 Bassist/vocalist Mark Clarke (briefly a member of Uriah Heep) is born in Liverpool, England.
1948 Folk singer-songwriter Steve Goodman is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1946 Jose "Chepito" Areas (of Santana) is born in Leon, Nicaragua.
1944 Tom Dawes, lead vocalist of The Cyrkle, is born in Albany, New York.
1942 Bruce Woodley (of The Seekers) is born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1942 Ella Mae Morse and Freddy Slacks' "Cow Cow Boogie" hits #1 in America.
1941 Guitarist Manny Charlton (of Nazareth) is born in La Linea, Spain.
1934 Jazz musician and composer Don Ellis is born in Los Angeles, California.
1925 William "Benny" Benjamin (drummer for the Motown house band, The Funk Brothers) is born in Mobile, Alabama.
1828 Ignaz Bösendorfer is granted a trade license number which enables him to start a piano manufacturing company in Vienna.
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.
1995 ESPN releases Jock Jams, Volume 1, an album of high-energy, stadium-friendly hits like "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory and "Get Ready For This" by 2 Unlimited. It sells over 2 million copies and leads to four more compilations.More
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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