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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.

1968 John Lennon's wife, Cynthia, is granted a divorce on grounds of his adultery with Yoko Ono, who is carrying his child. Yoko suffers a miscarriage a few weeks later.

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.

1963 Dick Clark begins his latest "Caravan of Stars" tour in Teaneck, New Jersey, featuring The Ronettes, Little Eva, Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, and the Dovells.

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."

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Eminem Stars In 8 Mile

2002

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.

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