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Central America

Luis Carl Russell is born on Careening Cay, near Bocas del Toro, Panama, Central America. He will find success as jazz pianist and bandleader Luis Russell. As well as pursuing his own career, he will work for many years as musical director for Louis Armstrong.
Cuban tenor Alcides Briceno and Colombian baritone Jorge Anez, record Morena Maa, considered by genre scholars to be the first bolero ever written by a Mexican, Armando Villareal Lozano.
Revered Latin music composer Catalino 'Tite' Curet Alonso, is born in the Barrio Hoyo Ingl's, Guayama, Puerto Rico, Caribbean.
Norman Petty, songwriter and record producer for Buddy Holly, is born in Clovis, New Mexico.
Bertha 'Chippie' Hill records Street Walker Blues and Panama Limited Blues, for OKeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Buddy Holly plays lead guitar on recording sessions for vocalists Jack Huddle and Jim Robinson at producer Norman Petty's recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico.
Lefty Frizzell plays in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
The Platters are playing during a two-week engagement at The Social Ritz Club, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
Nat King Cole, accompanied by The Ralph Carmichael Orchestra, records La Feria De Las Flores, Guadalajara and La Golondrina for Capitol Records in Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
Bill Haley And His Comets continue with their three-week season at The Terrazzo Cafe, Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
Singing cowboy Tex Ritter, with The Ralph Carmichael Orchestra augmented by a marimba band, records Border Affair for Capitol Records in Mexico City, Mexico. 1962)
The Crickets record I Think I've Caught The Blues and We Gotta Get Together, in producer Norman Petty's Studios, Clovis, New Mexico, USA, for Liberty Records.
The Dave Clark Five play in Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
The Outer Limits release Don't Need You No More backed with Walkin' Away, on Goldust Records of Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA.
Teen movie Muscle Beach Party opens at cinemas in Mexico, Central America. The movie stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and features music by Dick Dale And His Del-Tones, Frankie Avalon and Little Stevie Wonder.
Beat Generation icon Neal Cassady, an associate of The Grateful Dead, is found in a coma on the railroad tracks between San Miguel de Allende and Celaya in Mexico. He dies later in the day. The previous day, having consumed some seconals and alcohol, he had set out to walk along the railroad in driving rain. His life and death will inspire several songs including Jack And Neal (1977) by Tom Waits, Styrofoam Plates (2001) by Death Cab For Cutie, Neal Cassady Drops Dead (2014) by Morrissey, Neal Cassady (1989) by The Washington Squares.
Alejandra Gabriela Guzmán-Pinal is born in Mexico City, Mexico, North America. The daughter of actress Silvia Pinal and singer Enrique Guzmán, she will find success under the name Alejandra Guzman as a singer-songwriter, actress, and musician.
Black Sabbath play the first of two nights at Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at the Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Outside the Papal Nuncio's residence in Panama City, Panama, Central America, US military forces begin Operation Nifty Package, a psychological warfare tactic aimed at demoralising besieged General Manuel Noriega until he surrenders to them. The tactic includes playing such tracks as I Fought The Law by The Clash and Panama by Van Halen at extremely high volumes through loudspeakers pointing at the residence.
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Doyle Turner, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies of emphysema in Panama City, Florida, USA.
Chicago play at Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico.
On the North American leg of their Virtual XI tour, Iron Maiden play at Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico, USA. This show marks the end of the North American leg of the tour.
Lisa 'Left-Eye' Lopes of TLC dies, aged 30, when her Mitsubishi 4WD crashes near Juticalpa while on holiday in Honduras, Central America.
On their Whack Attack tour ZZ Top play at Sandia Casino Amphitheater, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Jason Sears, vocalist with hardcore punk bands including RKL (Rich Kids On LSD) and Snot, dies in a clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, North America, while undergoing treatment with the controversial drug ibogaine in hopes of overcoming his addiction problems.
Bob Dylan plays in the Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Radiohead play the final gig of their Viva La Vida tour, at Estadio Universitario, Monterray, Mexico.
Porcupine Tree play at Escenica, Monterrey, Mexico, Central America.
An oldies nostalgia cruise sets off from Tampa, Florida, USA, to Cozumel, Mexico, Central America. Live entertainment is provided during the five days of the voyage by Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, The Drifters, The Platters, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Lesley Gore and Lou Christie.
Paul McCartney plays the first of two nights at the Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico, North America. When tickets went on sale, this became the fastest-ever sell out for a Mexican show. Tickets sold out in 1hr 29m minutes, beating the previous two holders Radiohead (1hr 36m) and Madonna (1hr 46m).
Bruno Mars releases his debut album, Doo-Wops And Hooligans in the USA, Canada and Austria as a CD. It is also released on this day in Mexico as a digital download.
Madonna attends the opening of her Hard Candy Fitness Center in Mexico City, Mexico. While there she also teaches a class.
Epica play at Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico.
On his 80-concert Sailing To Philadelphia Tour, Mark Knopfler plays the second of two nights at The National Auditorium, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The Pavilion, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
On his My World tour, Justin Bieber plays at The Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.
On her Femme Fatale tour, Britney Spears plays at Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
Evanescence play at The Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
The Black Keys play at The Pan American Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, supported by Tegan and Sara.
Robbie Williams releases his ninth studio album, Take The Crown, in Mexico and Italy.
While the band Kombo Kolombia is playing at a party in a warehouse in the town of Hidalgo, Nueva Leon, Mexico, Central America, ten gunmen burst in and force eighteen musicians and crew members into waiting vehicles. A week later, with the help of one victim who escaped, seventeen bodies will be recovered from a nearby well.
Just after midnight, Bono, The Edge and Larry Mullen of U2, perform a brief, unannounced live set in La Osteria, a small bar in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, North America.
American singer Tito Torbellino is reported to have been shot dead by two gunmen while dining at a restaurant in Ciudad Obregon, in Sonora state, Mexico, North America. Torbellino specialised in a style of music called narco-corridos - a musical genre extolling the glories of the drug trade.
On their Drones World Tour, Muse play the last of three nights at Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
While on holiday in Mexico, Justin Bieber visits an adventure park in the Yucatan Peninsula where he takes part in activities including abseiling and snorkelling.
On her Rebel Heart tour, Madonna plays at Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play the first of two nights at The Sports Palace, Mexico City, Mexico.
On their A Head Full Of Dreams tour, Coldplay play at Stade Charles-Ehrmann, Nice, France, Europe.
Radio Moscow play at The Co-op, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.