1949 Badfinger drummer Mike Gibbins is born in Swansea, Wales.
1948 Les Holroyd (bassist/vocalist for Barclay James Harvest) is born in England.
1946 Liza Minnelli is born in Hollywood, California, to Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli.
1943 The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debuts Aaron Copland's "Fanfare For The Common Man," a stirring anthem with rousing percussion and solemn horns composed in response to the US entrance into World War II.
1941 Brian O'Hara (guitarist/vocalist for The Fourmost) is born in Dingle, Liverpool, England.
1940 Al Jarreau is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1938 Lew DeWitt (of The Statler Brothers) is born in Roanoke, Virginia.
1917 Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess Records, is born Lejzor Shmuel Czyż in Motal, Poland.
For the first time in the history of the UK charts, there are no American acts in the Top 10, as British acts like The Rolling Stones take hold in their home country as well.Read more
2016 Ariana Grande hosts Saturday Night Live, where she meets her future fiancé, cast member Pete Davidson. They don't go through with the wedding, but he gets a mention in her 2018 song "Thank U, Next."More
2008 American Idol does an all-Beatles episode, somehow securing the rights to the songs after years of negotiations.
1988 Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" hits #1 in the US. The video, which shows a buttoned-up Astley singing his way around London, does well on VH1, but really takes off two decades later with the Rickrolling trend, as webmasters point links to the song's YouTube video to trick unsuspecting readers into watching it.
1974 John Lennon and Nilsson get drunk and disorderly at a Smothers Brothers comedy show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. They get thrown out, and Nilsson takes heat in the press for being a bad influence on Lennon. Said Nilsson: "It ruined my reputation for 10 years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens."
1966 The theme song to the TV series Batman reaches its chart peak of #17.
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