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While out walking along the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway (later the Missouri Pacific Railroad) where it crosses Big River outside of Irondale (Washington County, Missouri), William Helms finds a five-day-old baby in a suitcase, evidently having been thrown from a passing train. Helms and his wife foster the child, and name him William Moses Gould Helms. Within a few months, The Rev. J.T. Barton will be inspired to write the song Ballad Of The Iron Mountain Baby, telling the story of the child. It will become a popular folk song and a new treatment of the story, entitled Sarah Jane And The Iron Mountain Baby, will be released in 2013 on the LP Love Has Come For You by Steve Martin And Edie Brickell.
The Jimson Brothers, a pseudonym for Frank Luther and Carson Robison, record Left My Gal In The Mountains and Goin' Back To Texas, at Edison Recording Studio, New York City, USA.
James Marshall Hendrix, later to become Jimi Hendrix, leaves Rainier Vista School, Seattle, Washington, USA, in one of many disruptive school moves during his childhood.
Class photographs are taken at Wentworth Primary School, Dartford, UK, among which is a shot showing youngsters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who would grow up to become founders of The Rolling Stones.
Nat King Cole records The Day Isn't Long Enough, Little Child, A Robin And A Rainbow And A Red Red Rose, The Lighthouse In The Sky and Pigtails And Freckles for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Nat King Cole releases a new single, Too Young, on Capitol Records in the USA.
Too Young by Nat King Cole is the current No1 single on the Billboard magazine chart in the USA.
Eddy Arnold records That Little Boy Of Mine for RCA Records in RCA Victor Studio, 1016 North Sycamore Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chuck Berry achieves his first UK Top 30 singles chart entry with School Days.
James Marshall Hendrix (later to become Jimi Hendrix) leaves Meaney Junior High, Seattle, Washington, USA, in one of many disruptive school moves during his childhood.
Chuck Berry releases a new single, Childhood Sweetheart, on Chess Records in the USA.
Young student Janis Joplin is suspended from high school in Port Arthur, Texas, USA, but she will eventually earn her degree.
Helen Shapiro scores her first UK hit when Please Don't Treat Me Like A Child enters the Singles Chart at No38.
Britain's national broadcasting service, the BBC, bans three songs on the Max Bygraves album Nursery Rhymes For Grown-Ups. This act of censorship was occasioned mainly by the track Georgie Porgy, which was felt to have homosexual implications.
I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door by Eddie Hodges reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Teen dance craze The Twist is banned by Bishop Burke of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, USA, who decrees that it must not be danced, sung about or listened to at any Catholic school, parish or youth organisation.
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A season of gigs by The Miles Davis Quintet at The Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, California, USA, is brought to an end when police shut the club down for "employing a minor" - the Quintet's drummer Tony Williams.
Rag Doll by The Four Seasons reaches No1 in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
The Beach Boys have a recording session in Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the song All Dressed Up For School. It will not be released.
When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) by The Beach Boys enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA at No34.
The Nat Adderley Octet records Never Say Yes, Work Song and Little Boy With The Sad Eyes, for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
Phil Spector records a version of the protest song Home Of The Brave with Bonnie And The Teasures in Goldstar Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
John Lennon of The Beatles has a meeting with his estranged father, Freddie, at Kenwood, Weybridge, England, UK, Europe, during which they reconcile some of their differences.
Tuesday's Children play at The Cromwellian Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
In a session recorded from his bed, Furry Lewis records Going To Brownsville, John Henry, Casey Jones, St. Louis Blues, Judge Boushe Blues, Just A Little Fun, Going Back To Gary, When The Saints Go Marchin' Home, A Dog Named Blue, Lucky Seven, Baby That's All Right, Lay My Burden Down, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Furry's Rag [Take Your Time, Baby], Water Tank and God Be with Us 'Till We Meet Again, in his house near Fourth and Beale Streets in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The tracks will appear on the LP Beale Street Blues.
The Year That Clayton Delaney Died by Tom T. Hall reaches No1 in the Billboard country singles chart in the USA. The song is said to be based on Hall's memories of his childhood neighbor and boyhood hero, Lonnie Easterly.
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Bob Dylan's childhood home, the Zimmerman house in Hibbing, Minnesota, USA, is sold to an un-named buyer for an undisclosed amount.
Britney Spears marries a childhood friend, Jason Allen Alexander, at the Little White Chapel On The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, usa, but twelve hours later she contacts her lawyers to ask them to have the ceremony annulled.
Britney Spears' marriage to her childhood friend, Jason Allen Alexander, is annulled. The pair had married just two days earlier at the Little White Chapel On The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, but twelve hours later she contacted her lawyers to ask them to have their union annulled.
The animated film Team America : World Police is released to cinemas in the USA and Canada. A line from the film, "Usually a case of malignant narcissism is brought on during childhood" will inspire the 2007 song Malignant Narcissism by Rush.
Jury selection in the Michael Jackson child molestation case in California, USA, is delayed for a week because of a death in the family of the pop star's attorney, Thomas Mesereau Jr.
Michael Jackson arrives forty minutes late at his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA, claiming that back pain has delayed him.
Comedian Louise Palanker testifies in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA. Palanker, who gave $20,000 to the family of the boy accusing Jackson, states that she received a tearful phone call from the boy's mother that led her to believe the family was being held against its will.
During Michael Jackson's trial on child abuse charges in Santa Maria, California, a former security guard at Jackson's Neverland Ranch gives testimony. The guard states that a notice was once posted in the ranch's guard station stating that Jackson's young accuser should not be allowed to leave the ranch, but adds that such notices were not unusual and meant that the children in question should not be allowed to leave without permission from their parents or supervisors.
A family court judge gives Bobby Brown two days to prove he has the means to fund educational trusts for two children he had with Kim Ward. Brown has been failing to pay child support to his offspring.
During Michael Jackson's trial on child abuse charges in Santa Maria, California, actor Macaulay Culkin testifies, declaring that Jackson never touched him sexually in any way. He acknowledges that he did sleep in Jackson's bed, but that was only because he happened to fall asleep there.
Closing arguments and rebuttals in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial come to an end in Santa Maria, California, USA. The jurors are instructed to retire to consider their verdict.
Jury deliberations in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Los Angeles, California, USA, continue into a fifth day.
It is announced that all of Bob Dylan's international royalties from his forthcoming album, Christmas In The Heart, will be donated to the World Food Programme and Crisis UK in perpetuity. Over the next Christmas period, Dylan's donations will provide 500,000 meals to school children in the developing world and 15,000 meals to homeless people in the United Kingdom through Crisis.
While on a week-long charity tour of Malawi, Africa, Madonna lays the first brick symbolising the commencement of the construction of her US$15m Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.
During a break in her rehersals for the closing FIFA World Cup cermony, Shakira meets girls from three different African nations on behalf of the 1GOAL Education For All campaign in Johannesburg, South Africa.
John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, visits The Beatles star's childhood home, Mendips, Woolton, Liverpool, UK, and also his former school, Dovedale, as part of an event to mark what would have been his forthcoming 70th birthday.
It is reported that Beyonce and husband Jay-Z have already spent $1m on their four-day-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter. The spend includes a $400,000 solid gold Ginza Tanaka rocking horse, a $10,000 Swarovski-studded high chair by Carla Monchen, a $30,000 Fantasy 'posh tots' coach carriage crib, a $20,000 windmill-style garden playhouse and a mini Bugatti car. The couple have spent a further $240,000 to ensure that the nurseries in each of their three homes are identical so the baby will feel at home when they travel around America.
Ed Sheeran is named an official ambassador for East Anglia's Children's Hospices, during a visit to The Treehouse, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK, Europe. The charity supports youngsters with life-shortening illnesses and their families. During the visit, Sheeran takes part in a Music Therapy session.
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Jennifer Lopez attends the launch of The Center For A Healthy Childhood in The Bronx, New York City, USA.,
Entertainer and pop hitmaker Rolf Harris is found guilty in Southwark Crown Court, London, UK, on twelve counts of indecently assaulting four girls in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
The Classic Rock Awards are held at The Avalon Ballroom, Los Angeles, California, USA. The full list of winners is as follows :

Living Legend: Gregg Allman

Inspiration: The Doors

Band of the Year: Queen + Adam Lambert

Film of the Year: Through the Never - Metallica

Album of the Year: Going Back Home - Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey

Classic Album: Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne

Outstanding Contribution: Jeff Lynne

Reissue of the Year: Led Zeppelin I: Deluxe Edition, Led Zeppelin II: Deluxe Edition, Led Zeppelin III: Deluxe Edition - Led Zeppelin

Maestro: Joe Perry

Metal Guru: Dave Mustaine

The Bluesman: Eric Burdon

The VIP: Sharon Osbourne

Best New Band: The Cadillac Three
It is announced that Sir Cliff Richard has been questioned again by South Yorkshire police in relation to allegation made against him that he sexually assaulted a young boy in the 1980s.
Singer Halsey pledges $1 for every re-tweet of her Twitter message of support for the Planned Parenthood organisation. The message is shared 100,000 times and the 22-year-old donates $100,000 to the organisation.