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.
1967 Nilsson records "Everybody's Talkin'."
1965 The Dave Clark Five perform for Queen Elizabeth II at London's annual Royal Variety Performance.
1965 The Beatles record "Think For Yourself."
1964 Judy Garland and daughter Liza Minnelli perform together at the London Palladium, a performance recorded for American television and the LP Live At The London Palladium.
1962 A bullet is fired at Motown's tour bus while traveling through Savannah, Georgia, but fortunately none of the (all African-American) stars are hurt.
1961 The Beach Boys release their first single, "Surfin'."
1961 Leif Garrett is born Leif Per Nervik in Hollywood, California.
1961 Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein calls Liverpool's Cavern Club to ask when The Beatles will next be performing, with the intent of seeing if their live show matches their reputation.
1957 Elvis Presley's third movie, Jailhouse Rock, opens nationally. It had a premiere a few weeks earlier at the Memphis theater where Elvis was once an usher.
1954 Rickie Lee Jones is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1952 The British music paper New Musical Express (NME) publishes its first record chart. The first #1: Al Martino's "Here In My Heart."
8 Mile, a semi-biographical look at Eminem's early days as a struggling rapper in Detroit, opens in theaters. The film is a critical and commercial success, and Eminem's "Lose Yourself" becomes the first rap song to win the Oscar for Best Original Song.Read more
2016 Despite strident support from a passel of stars, including Katy Perry, Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen, Hillary Clinton loses the US presidential election to Donald Trump, whose supporters include Ted Nugent, Loretta Lynn and Wayne Newton. Miley Cyrus, who said she would move if Trump was elected, decides to stay in the country.
2014 As artists realize they can get paid to go on cruises, many take advantage of the opportunity, including the country duo Florida Georgia Line, who conveniently have a hit song called "Cruise."More
1994 Sonny Bono, half of Sonny and Cher and former mayor of Palm Springs, Calfornia, is elected to the US House of Representatives, representing the 44th district in California.
1974 Connie Francis, who was one of the biggest stars of the '60s, is attacked in her Howard Johnson's hotel room and raped at knifepoint. Devastated by the attack, she doesn't perform for another seven years. Two years later, she is awarded more than $2 million in her lawsuit against the hotel chain.
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