1957 R&B singer Joni Sledge (of Sister Sledge) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1954 Doo-wop singer Den Hegarty (of Darts) is born in Dublin, Ireland.
1952 Rocker Don Was is born Donald Fagenson in Detroit, Michigan.
1952 Jo Stafford's "You Belong To Me" hits #1.
1944 Peter Cetera (bassist/vocalist for Chicago) is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1943 Ray Elliot (keyboardist/saxophonist/flautist for Them) is born in Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.
1939 Saxophonist/composer Dave Quincy (of Manfred Mann) is born in the UK.
1925 Jazz singer Mel Tormé, aka The Velvet Fog, is born in Chicago, Illinois. He would begin his professonal music career at age 4, singing "You're Driving Me Crazy" with the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra.
1922 Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac is born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo in Callao, Peru.
1922 Blues singer Charles Brown is born Tony Russell Brown in Texas City, Texas.
1918 Actor/singer Dick Haymes is born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Co-starred in the 1945 musical State Fair and recorded a string of duets with swing singer Helen Forrest during WWII.
1911 Bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe is born near Rosine, Kentucky, becoming the youngest of eight children in the Monroe family.
1874 Composer/painter Arnold Schoenberg is born in the Leopoldstadt district of Vienna, Austria.
1814 Francis Scott Key is inspired to write "The Star Spangled Banner" during the British attack of Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814, and the courageous defense made by American force.
When Taylor Swift wins for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West comes on stage and commandeers the microphone, explaining that Beyoncé deserved the award for her "Single Ladies" video. When Beyoncé does win for Video of the Year later that night, she brings Taylor on stage to finish her speech.Read more
2011 The B-52s play their first ever show in Idaho, finally performing their song "Private Idaho" in the state that inspired it.
2000 Almost Famous is released in theaters across the US. The film is a semi-autobiographical account of writer and director Cameron Crowe's time spent interviewing rock bands for Rolling Stone in the '70s, when he was just a teenager. The film centers around a fictional band called Stillwater, and rather than being based on one band in particular, Stillwater feels like every '70s arena band rolled into one.More
1997 Elton John's rewritten version of "Candle In The Wind" that he played at Princess Diana's funeral a week earlier is released as a single. It sells a record 600,000 copies the first day in Britain alone, where it becomes the best selling single of all time. Worldwide, it sells over 30 million copies, which is second only to "White Christmas."More
1996 Tupac Shakur, age 25, dies six days after being shot while riding in a car driven by his label boss, Suge Knight. No arrests are made in the case.
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