1964: The Beatles released the single "A Hard Day's Night".
1964: The Animals reached #1 in the U.K. with "The House Of The Rising Sun".
1965: John Lennon and Paul McCartney were presented with five Ivor Novello awards.
1973: Queen released their self-titled debut album on EMI Records.
1974: Dionne Warwick & the Spinners released their collaboration "Then Came You".
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at the Bottom Line in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York.
1974: Caribou by Elton John was the #1 album in the U.K.
"Grimsby" from Caribou...
1974: Caribou by Elton John took over as the #1 album after debuting at #5 in its first week. Another hot album was Back Home Again by John Denver, which moved from 17-2. Gordon Lightfoot was third with Sundown followed by Paul McCartney & Wings with Band on the Run. The Soundtrack to "The Sting" by Marvin Hamlisch was #5. The Rest of the Top 10: John Denver's Greatest Hits at #6 in its 32nd week of release, Diamond Dogs from David Bowie, Journey to the Centre of the Earth by former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman at #8, Cat Stevens with Buddha and the Chocolate Box and Loggins & Messina On Stage at #10.
1974: George McCrae moved into the #1 slot with "Rock Your Baby" while John Denver was making a move (8-2) with "Annie's Song". The former #1 from the Hues Corporation, "Rock The Boat" moved down to 3. Gordon Lightfoot was at #4 with "Sundown". The rest of the Top 10: "On And On" from Gladys Knight & the Pips, Elton John moved from 25-6 with "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods were at 7 with "Billy, Don't Be A Hero", Anne Murray edged up with "You Won't See Me", the Hollies scored their 20th hit with "The Air That I Breathe" and the Righteous Brothers reminded us of the great stars in "Rock and Roll Heaven" at #10.
1981: Pat Benatar released the single "Fire And Ice".
1981: Journey released "Who's Crying Now".
1985: Elton John re-signed with MCA Records, a five-album deal worth $8 million. At the time, the contract was the biggest in history.
1985: Live Aid concerts were featured at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wembley Stadium in London. George Michael sang lead vocals on Elton John's performance of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me".
1986: Stevie Nicks and Peter Frampton performed at the San Diego Sports Arena in California.
1988: Sting gave a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to benefit the rainforests.
1990: Curtis Mayfield was seriously injured when a strong gust of wind blew a lighting scaffold down that hit Curtis in the back of the neck during an outdoor concert at Wingate Field in Brooklyn, New York. Mayfield suffered a critical spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed below the neck.
1991: INXS, Jesus Jones and Deborah Harry performed at Wembley Arena in London.
1991: Bryan Adams had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Everything I Do) I Do It For You".
1993: Janet Jackson released the single "If".
1996: Over 2,000 guitarists, including Chet Atkins and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, set a new world record for the largest jam session when they played "Heartbreak Hotel" for 75 minutes at Riverfront Park in Nashville, Tennessee. The previous mark was set when Randy Bachman led 1,322 guitarists in a 68-minute performance in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on May 7, 1994.
1996: Metallica had the top album with Load, holding off Jagged Little Pill from Alanis Morissette, which was making yet another bid for #1 after 55 weeks The Fugees owned #3--The Score while Toni Braxton fell to 4 with Secrets and Keith Sweat debuted at 5 with his self-titled debut. The rest of the Top 10: Tracy Chapman's New Beginning, E. 1999 Eternal from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Celine Dion at 8 with Falling Into You, the Soundtrack to "The Nutty Professor" at #9 and No Doubt slipped into the Top 10 with Tragic Kingdom..
1997: The Prodigy topped the U.K. album chart with The Fat of the Land.
1999: Paul McCartney displayed 73 of his paintings at the Kunstforum Lÿz gallery in Siegen, Germany.
2000: The Corrs had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Breathless".
2002: Green Day and No Doubt headlined the opening of the two-day T in the Park Festival in Kinross, Scotland.
2003: Prince released his new album N.E.W.S. as a digital download.
2003: Ashanti had the #1 album with Chapter II.
2004: Jimmy Buffett released the album License to Chill.
1942: Roger McGuinn, singer and guitarist with the Byrds and later McGuinn, Clark & Hillman, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1955: Mark Mendoza, bass guitarist of Twisted Sister, was born in West Hempstead, New York. (Note: some websites report Mendoza was born in Long Island, New York. Long Island is not a city and will not be shown on an official birth certificate. Mendoza was born in West Hempstead.)