2014 The BBC screens the documentary Billy Joel: The Bridge To Russia about his 1987 tour in the Soviet Union.
2012 The film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sees its theatrical release in the United States, notable in the music world for having "Powerless" by Linkin Park playing over the end credits.
2004 Paul McCartney performs his 3,000th live show, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
2003 For his 54th birthday, Lionel Richie receives a special gift: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to Richie, the star's location on Hollywood Blvd. isn't far from the Holiday Inn where The Commodores stayed on their first trip to LA while recording their debut album.
2001 The Cult return with their seventh studio album, and first new recording in seven years, Beyond Good and Evil.
1997 Lawrence Payton (tenor vocalist of The Four Tops) dies of liver cancer in Southfield, Michigan, at age 59.
1988 Saxon release their Destiny album on the EMI label.
1981 Gary U.S. Bonds, last seen on the Hot 100 in 1962, reaches #11 with "This Little Girl," written for him by longtime admirer Bruce Springsteen.
1978 Foreigner releases Double Vision.
1975 Neil Young releases Tonight's the Night.
1971 Twiggy Ramirez (guitarist, bassist for Marilyn Manson) is born Jeordie White in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, but will be raised in Coral Springs, Florida.
1969 Jimi Hendrix headlines the Newport Pop Festival, which is marred by violence as police take action to stop the gate-crashers.
1967 Jerome Earl Fontamillas (keyboards, backing vocals for Switchfoot) is born in Pasay City, Philippines.
1967 Murphy Karges (bassist for Sugar Ray) is born in Orange County, California.
1995 Michael Jackson's ninth album, HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, is released. MTV becomes "MJTV" for a week to celebrate.
1972 The Tallahatchee Bridge in Money, Mississippi, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe," collapses (it is later rebuilt).
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