1945 English pop singer Pete Nelson (of The Flower Pot Men) is born in Uxbridge, London.
1940 Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1937 Benny Goodman brings his swinging Jazz sound to the Paramount Theatre in New York City, where adoring (mostly teenage) fans dance in the aisles. A newspaper report says that kids were "Jitterbugging" to the music, the first time the phrase is used to describe the new dance style.
1934 Mary Bregovy, known for her rendition of "I Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore," is killed in a car crash at age 21.
1920 Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns (of the country duo Homer & Jethro) is born in Conasauga, Tennessee.
1903 Jazz cornetist and pianist Bix Beiderbecke is born in Davenport, Iowa.
2003 Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines sparks political controversy in the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq after telling a London audience: "Just so you know, we're on the good side with y'all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas."
1984 Deep Purple reunite with the Mark II lineup of the band, which includes guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and lead singer Ian Gillan. The band has been dormant since 1976, and this lineup last played together in 1973. They take a break in 1989 and Blackmore leaves in 1993, but the core of the group stays intact into the 2020s.
1983 Carrie Underwood is born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She begins her music career by winning Season 4 of American Idol, becoming the first country singer to do so. She becomes the best-selling Idol alum in any genre, with over 20 million albums sold in America.
1954 The Threepenny Opera opens at the Theater de Lys in New York's Greenwich Village. A revival of a German production from 1928, the standout scene is when the Street Singer does "Mack The Knife," a song about the murderous Macheath.More
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