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1994 Lauren Alaina, the runner-up on the tenth season of American Idol, is born.

1988 Jerry Lee Lewis declares bankruptcy.

1987 Generating footage for their Rattle and Hum documentary, U2 plays a free "Save the Yuppie" concert at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. An arrest warrant is issued for Bono after he spray paints "Rock n Roll Stops Traffic" on a fountain sculpture.

1987 The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson marries his second wife, Gina Martin, daughter of legendary crooner Dean Martin.

1977 Country singer Bucky Covington is born William Joel Covington III, along with identical twin brother Robert, in Rockingham, North Carolina. Bucky will go on to compete on Season 5 of American Idol, taking eighth place.

1977 Glam queen Suzi Quatro makes her first appearance as Leather Tuscadero, the little sister of Fonzie's girlfriend Pinky, on ABC-TV's Happy Days.

1976 George Harrison releases The Best Of George Harrison.

1975 John Lennon names his good friend Elton John the godfather of his new son, Sean.

1975 David Bowie makes his US television debut on the CBS variety show Cher, performing "Fame." Bowie also sings a medley of tracks with Cher.

1974 R&B singer-songwriter Ivory Joe Hunter dies of lung cancer at age 60. Chart-topping hits include "Pretty Mama Blues" (1947), "I Almost Lost My Mind" (1949), "I Need You So" (1950), and "Since I Met You Baby" (1956).

1973 Bob Dylan records "Forever Young" and "On A Night Like This."

1971 Paul McCartney throws a party at London's Empire Ballroom to officially launch his new group, Wings.

1970 Reggae singer Diana King is born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica. She cameos on The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 song "Respect" before landing a recording contract with Sony Music.

1970 Jim Morrison of The Doors makes the spoken-word recordings which would later become the basis of the group's album An American Prayer.

1969 "Wedding Bell Blues" by The 5th Dimension hits #1 in America. The song was written and originally recorded by Laura Nyro.

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Led Zeppelin IV Released

1971

Led Zeppelin IV - the one with "Stairway To Heaven" - is released.

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