1984 Linda Ronstadt makes her operatic debut in La Boheme in New York.
1971 Pink Floyd release their sixth album, Meddle, in the US.
1968 Malcolm Hale (lead guitarist for Spanky & Our Gang) dies of pneumonia at age 27.
1967 Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones pleads guilty to drug possession and gets a nine-month prison sentence.
1960 Joey BellaDonna (vocalist for Anthrax) is born Joseph Bellardini in Oswego, New York.
1954 Jeannie Kendall (of the country duo The Kendalls) is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1939 Grace Slick (of Jefferson Airplane) is born in Highland Park, Illinois.
1919 Jazz tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet, known for the 1942 solo hit "Flying Home," is born in Broussard, Louisiana.
Bob Dylan performs the first show of his Rolling Thunder Revue at the War Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Later the subject of two documentaries, the unusual tour is no ordinary cash grab.Read more
2016 With the Cubs in the World Series for the first time since 1945 (they haven't won since 1908), longtime fan Eddie Vedder leads the crowd in "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch.More
2010 Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) makes a rare public appearance, performing "Peace Train" at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, which is organized and hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Midway through the song, Colbert interrupts him and introduces Ozzy Osbourne, who starts performing "Crazy Train." Stevens and Osbourne go back and forth, resulting in a strange and hilarious train wreck.More
1999 It's an early attempt at video over the web, as Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit concert is "cybercast" to a few brave souls trying to get their modems to work. The Who, Pearl Jam, and Brian Wilson perform at the show.
1999 Santana's Supernatural album goes to #1 in America, giving the group its first chart-topping album in 28 years.
1987 George Michael releases his first solo album, Faith. Packed with hits ("I Want Your Sex," "Father Figure," the title track), it goes to #1 in both the UK and US, and wins the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
1984 Less than two years after its release, the RIAA certifies Michael Jackson's Thriller album with sales of 20 million copies in America, introducing a new designation, "Double Diamond." The stratospheric sales of Thriller are unprecedented, and keep climbing to well over 30 million. It isn't until 1994 when another album gets the Double Diamond designation, and that's a greatest hits package: Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975.
1974 At the "Rumble In The Jungle" in Zaire, Africa, boxer Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman (unbeaten in 40 fights) in the eighth round in a stunning victory that earns him the heavyweight title he was stripped of for refusing induction into the US Army in 1967. The fight is recounted in the 1975 hit "Black Superman" by Johnny Wakelin & the Kinshasa Band.More
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