1947 Soul singer Minnie Riperton is born in Bronzeville, Chicago, Illinois.
1945 Don Murray (drummer for The Turtles) is born in Inglewood, California.
1944 Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney and Bonnie) is born Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell in Alton, Illinois.
1942 Johnny Perez (drummer for the Sir Douglas Quintet) is born San Antonio, Texas.
1941 Multi-instrumentalist Rodney Slater (of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band) is born in Crowland, Lancashire, England.
1939 Frank Sinatra records "Every Day Of My Life" and "Ciribiribin," his last two songs with Harry James' band.
1932 Legendary songwriting team Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's first production, Music In The Air, opens on Broadway.
1927 Ken Dodd, comedian and UK hitmaker, is born in Liverpool, England.
1927 Patti Page is born in Claremore, Oklahoma.
1890 Belgian composer Cesar Franck dies of a respiratory infection at age 67.
1887 Emile Berliner is granted the first patent for the gramophone. In the 1890s, he starts manufacturing gramophone players and discs, but in the early 1900s the Victor Talking Machine company becomes the market leader.
Led Zeppelin IV - the one with "Stairway To Heaven" - is released.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
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.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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