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Central America

Texas declares its independence from Mexico and an interim government is formed. In one way or another, the independently-minded state of Texas will inspire numerous songs, including the folk song The Yellow Rose Of Texas, the much-covered 1941 composition Deep In The Heart Of Texas, The WASP [Texas Radio and the Big Beat] by The Doors [1971], and 100% Texan by Kevin Fowler.
The Bijou Musical Comedy Company presents The Man From Mexico at The Bijou Theatre, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Popular accordionist and recording artist Narciso Martinez, known as El Huracan Del Valle, is born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Central America.
The 48-mile long Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is opened, in Panama, Central America. It will become a key conduit for the international maritime trade. The canal will inspire references in numerous songs (by J Church, Tempest, Redman, Rakim, Ookla The Mok, Bishop Allen and others) but perhaps the most memorable is The Panama Canal by Animaniacs.
Jose Alfredo Jiminez is born in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico, Central America. He will become a popular singer-songwriter in the ranchera style. His songs are an integral part of Mexico's musical heritage, comparable to Woody Guthrie's influence on American folk music.
The New York Times publishes a news item about twenty-eight migrant farm workers who died the previous day when the plane in which they were being deported back to Mexico, crashed at Los Gatos Canyon, 20 miles west of Coalinga, California, USA. When Woody Guthrie reads the report, he will be struck by the fact that none of the Mexicans are named, although the crew of the plane are. Guthrie is then inspired to write his song Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos).
Roy Orbison And The Teen Kings record Ooby Dooby, Trying To Get To You and other tracks at Norman Petty's Studio, Clovis, New Mexico, for Je-Wel Records.
Buddy Holly plays rhythm guitar on a recording session by vocalist Jim Robinson at producer Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico.
The Panama Jazz Band and The Big Three play at Liverpool Jazz Society in The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, UK.
The teen-oriented movie, Teen-age Millionaire, featuring performances by Jackie Wilson, Chubby Checker, Dion, Marv Johnson, Bill Black's Combo, Vicki Spencer and Jack Larson, is released to cinemas worldwide.
Frank Sinatra acts as best man when music promoter Lee Gordon marries dancer and model Arlene Topfer in Acapulco, Mexico, Central America.
The teen-oriented movie Hey Let's Twist, starring Joey Dee And The Starliters, Teddy Randazzo and Jo Ann Campbell is released to cinemas in Mexico, North America.
Young jazz saxophonist Carlos Garnett arrives in the USA, having emigrated from Panama, Central America. Within a few months he will be playing regularly at The Baby Grand club in Brooklyn, New York City, USA. (1962).
Bill Haley And His Comets play the last night in their three-week season at The Terrazzo Cafe, Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
Chubby Checker plays the third of ten nights at The National Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
Chubby Checker plays the fifth of ten nights at the National Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
Ben E. King plays in 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 Everybody's Got A Little Problem, in Norman Petty Studios, Clovis, New Mexico, USA, for Liberty Records.
Having been arrested the previous day on charges of smuggling drugs into the USA from Mexico, Johnny Cash is transferred from El Paso County Jail to the Federal Courthouse, where he is given a $1000 fine and receives a 30-day suspended sentence.
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.
Jefferson Airplane record Mexico at Pacific High Recording Studio, San Francisco, for RCA Records. The track, a protest against US President Richard Nixon's anti-drug initiatives, will be released as a single.
Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Convention Center, Albequerque, New Mexico, USA.
Ringo Starr begins filming the slapstick comedy movie Caveman in Charubusco Studios, Mexico City.
On their New Jersey Syndicate Tour, Bon Jovi play the second of two nights at Estadio Tecnológico, Monterray, Mexico, North America.
The Turtle Mountain Singers record Welcome To Navajo Land in Lybrook, New Mexico, USA.
Bob Dylan and his band spend the first of two days rehearsing in Austin, Texas, for upcoming live dates in Mexico.
Guns N' Roses and Metallica play the tenth show in a co-headlining 25-date US tour at The Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA, with Faith No More as the opening act.
While preparing for the next gigs in his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson is staying in his suite of rooms on the 42nd floor of the Hotel President Stouffer, Mexico City, Mexico.
Mark Knopfler begins his 80-concert Sailing To Philadelphia Tour with the first of two nights at the National Auditorium, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
The Foo Fighters play a concert for 500 competition-winning fans in the abandoned Walker Air Force Base, Roswell, New Mexico, USA, site of the alleged alien autopsy that followed the crash of an equally alleged UFO.
The Jonas Brothers play at Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico.
Country-rock trio Lady Antebellum release their second studio album, Need You Now, in Brazil and Mexico.
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.
Ensiferum play at Pepper's Club, San Jose, Costa Rica.
On her California Dreams tour Katy Perry plays in The Auditorio Telmex, Zapopan, Mexico.
On her California Dreams tour Katy Perry plays in The Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico.
On the We Own The Night tour, Selena Gomez And The Scene play at Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico.
On her Born This Way Ball Tour, Lady Gaga plays at Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
On her Born This Way Ball Tour, Lady Gaga plays the first of two nights at Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Central America.
Rihanna begins her 777 tour, on which she will play seven gigs in seven cities over seven days, transported on a Boeing 777. The first show, tonight, is at El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
On their Live And Loud tour, Rascal Flatts, supported by The Band Perry and Cassadee Pope, play at The Pan American Center, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA.
Dream Theater play at Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
During their Mechanical Bull Tour, Kings Of Leon play at Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
On the Latin American leg of their WorldWired tour, Metallica play at Estadio Cementos Progreso, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America, supported by Metal Requiem.
During the Latin American leg of their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at Eastadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America, supported by Gandhi. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
On his Purpose tour, Justin Bieber plays the last of three nights at Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
On his Purpose tour, Justin Bieber plays at nib Stadium, Perth, Australia, Oceania.
Ed Sheeran plays at Parque Viva Amphitheater, San Jose, Costa Rica, South America.
Ed Sheeran plays at Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Mexico, North America.