1936: Jim Henson (Muppets)
1941: Linda McCartney (Keyboards for Wings)
1942: Gerry Marsden (Vocals & Guitar for Gerry and the Pacemakers)
1952: Mark Sandman (Singer & Bass for Morphine)
1965: Sean McNabb (Bass for Quiet Riot & Great White)
1969: Shawn "Clown" Crahan (Percussion for Slipknot)
1971: Peter Salisbury (Drums for The Verve)
1942: Bandleader Glenn Miller makes his last radio broadcast on CBS' Moonlight Serenade program before leaving to enlist in the Army.
1955: Judy Garland makes her television debut on CBS' variety show Ford Star Jubilee, breaking all previous ratings records.
1957: Legendary DJ Alan Freed debuts his fourth movie, Mister Rock And Roll, at New York City's Paramount Theatre. The film, named after Freed's nickname, features Alan playing himself and also several musical performances by Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Brook Benton, LaVern Baker, Ferlin Husky, Lionel Hampton, and, for some reason, former middleweight boxing champion Rocky Graziano.
1966: En route from New York to London with his new manager, Chas Chandler, the guitarist formerly known as Jimmy James decides to change his name to Jimi Hendrix. Upon arrival, Jimi ends up in a jam session with British bluesman Zoot Money, witnessed by Andy Summers, later the guitarist for the Police.
1967: The Beatles film the (in)famous "Your Mother Should Know" dance segment of their film Magical Mystery Tour at the West Malling Air Force Station in Kent, England. Paul wears a black carnation when the group runs out of red ones, creating more "clues" for the "Paul is Dead" theorists.
1967: Traffic made their live debut when they appeared at Saville Theatre in London, featuring Steve Winwood.
1977: Just a month or so after his untimely death, the first national Elvis Presley convention takes place in Memphis.
1980: The mixing of the forthcoming John and Yoko album Double Fantasy moved from the Hit Factory in New York City to Record Plant East. During this session, John Lennon gave one of last ever interviews to Lisa Robinson from 97-FM in Buffalo.
1988: After allegedly breaking into an insurance class being held in a building he owns and waving a gun around, demanding to know who used his bathroom, James Brown becomes involved in a hour-long, two-state car chase with police in Augusta, GA, who were tipped off that Brown was behaving erratically and armed. Driving over six miles in his pickup truck after authorities shoot out his two front tires, Brown is arrested and charged with illegal possession of drugs and firearms, simple assault, carrying a deadly weapon in public, resisting arrest, and seven misdemeanors. He is released from jail after serving two years of a five-year sentence.
1988: Bobby McFerrin started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Worry Be Happy', the first a-cappella record to be a No.1. The song would go on to win Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
1989: Prince made an appearance on the 15-year anniversary of Saturday Night Live.
1991: Nirvana’s album ‘Nevermind’ was released in America, entering the chart at No. 144 on its first week, peaking at No.1 in January 1992. It went on to sell over 30M copies.
1991: The album "The Low End Theory" was released by A Tribe Called Quest.
1993: Following his recent arrest for drunk driving, John Denver is ordered to perform a benefit concert for victims of the same.
1993: Guns N' Roses reached a settlement with their former drummer Steven Adler. Adler had been kicked out of the band for not kicking his heroin habit.
1995: The Charlatans were arrested by 24-armed police after a flight to New York. The band were accused of trying to disrupt the planes flight path, passengers complained of the group being drunk, spitting and interfering with in flight TV sets.
1997: Barry Loukaitis was convicted of shooting and killing two pupils and a teacher at a school in Washington. His defence team claimed he had copied scenes from Pearl Jam's video 'Jeremy'.