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The Chevrolet Motor Car Company is founded in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and will become a serious competitor to the Ford Model T in the automobile market in the USA. Quickly nicknamed Chevy, the company's vehicles will become much-loved by drivers, and will inspire numerous references in song lyrics, perhaps most notably, "Drove my Chevy to the levee" in Don McLean's 1971 hit American Pie.
Male vocal duo Henry Burr and Albert Campbell record In A Little While and I'm Going Back To Old Virginia for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Music hall star George Formby Jr records In The Congo and All Going Back, for Dominion Records in London, UK.
Strawberry Field Salvation Army children's home opens in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, UK. The place will inspire the 1967 song Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles, because John Lennon grew up near the home and one of his childhood treats was the annual summer garden party in the grounds of Strawberry Field. Strawberry Fields, in the plural, was Lennon's nickname for the wooded area behind the building.
Billie Holiday, The Count Basie Orchestra, The John Kirby Orchestra, The Roy Eldridge Orchestra and others perform in a Midnight Benefit Concert at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York City, USA. The concert raises funds for The Harlem Children's Centre.
Elvis Presley makes his public debut as a singer by winning second prize at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair And Dairy Show in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, with his rendition of Old Shep. Mrs Oleta Bean Grimes, a teacher at Lawhon Grammar School, recommends young Presley's singing to principal J.D.Cole.
Too Young by Nat King Cole is the current No1 single on the Billboard magazine chart in the USA.
The Perry Como Show on CBS-tv in the USA features 13-year old guest artist Jimmy Boyd singing his hit I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. When first released, Boyd's record had been banned in Boston, Massachgusetts, by the Roman Catholic Church on the grounds that it mixed sex with Christmas.
Chuck Berry achieves his first UK Top 30 singles chart entry with School Days.
Aspiring rock guitarist Jeff Beck leaves Wimbledon School of Art in Wimbledon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Cliff Richard presents awards, and performs Living Doll, at the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs annual event in The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK, Europe.
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.
Seven-year-old Larry Franklin plays his first fiddle concert. He will become a Nashville studio musician appearing on hits by Shania Twain, Deana Carter, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Gretchen Wilson, among others. He will also play with Asleep At The Wheel for seven years.
Rag Doll by The Four Seasons is the highest new entry in Cash Box magazine's chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, entering at No60.
Dolly Parton graduates from Sevier County High School, Tennessee, USA.
The Beach Boys release a new single, When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)/She Knows Me Too Well, on Capitol Records in the USA.
The Beach Boys have a recording session in Los Angeles, California, USA, working on a version of the song I'm So Young. the song was first recorded in 1958 by Cincinnati r'n'b vocal group The Students.
Ringo Starr, drummer of The Beatles marries his childhood sweetheart, hairdresser Maureen Cox, at Caxton Hall, London, UK. The couple depart for a house in Brighton, loaned to the couple by showbiz lawyer David Jacobs.
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The Hopkins Brothers, one of whom is Lightnin' Hopkins, record Matchbox Blues, Home With Mama and Going Back To Baden-Baden, for Arhoolie Records in Houston, Texas, USA.
Pink Floyd release their second single, See Emily Play, in the UK on Columbia Records.
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.
Don McLean reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart with American Pie.
Robert Smith of The Cure marries his childhood sweetheart Mary Poole at the Benedictine Monastery, Worth Abbey, Sussex, England, UK, Europe, where The Cure had played their very first gig.
While in Japan, Asia, during his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson travels on the Superexpress train to Tokyo from Nagasaki where he has been visiting the Huis Ten Bosch amusement park with his brother Tito Jackson's three children.
Gregory, the recently-born son of Prince and his wife Mayte, dies at the Children’s Health Care Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, because of severe birth defects (skeletal abnormalities). Gregory was a little over one week old.
The National Endowment for the Arts, in conjunction with the RIAA, announces its Top Ten songs of the 20th century. At No1 is Judy Garland's rendition of Over The Rainbow. Also making the list: Bing Crosby's White Christmas [No2], Aretha Franklin's Respect [No4], Don McLean's American Pie [No5], and The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling [No9].
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.
A fan-sponsored and organized Candlelight Vigil in support of Michael Jackson, currently facing charges of child abuse, is held at the gates of his Neverland Ranch in California, USA.
Antonio Cantu, chief of forensics for the US Secret Service, testifies in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial in Sanata Maria, California, USA. Cantu says it is possible that fingerprints from Jackson's accuser, found on an adult magazine, could have degraded in the year it took police to test the magazine. He says it would have been preferable for the tests to have been done immediately.
Kylie Minogue, still recovering from breast cancer, visits children suffering from cancer in the Royal Childrens' Hospital in her home town of Adelaide, Australia, Oceania.
Michael Jackson's absence from his father's birthday celebrations today at the Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany, Europe, are explained by his brother Jermaine Jackson as being because Michael has been emotionally 'torn apart' by his recent trial on child molestation charges and "needs his rest right now".
Michael Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Meseareau Jr, reveals that the star had to undergo medical treatment, immediately after his recent child molestation trial, for back pain and dehydration.
Bob Dylan pays an unannounced visit to the childhood home of Neil Young, on Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Canada. Dylan is treated to a twenty minute tour by the present occupants.
Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Miranda Cosgrove appear live at The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on the Nell and John Wooden Court of Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
While in Soweto, South Africa, to perform at the opening of the FIFA World Cup, Shakira visits Isu'lihle Primary School to meet local children and speak about the lack of decent education for children around the world. Shakira is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
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.
Going Back by Phil Collins reaches No1 in the Official UK albums chart.
It is reported that Kiss has been dropped from the line-up of an upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert in Cardiff, Wales. The decision was taken in the light of objections from fans and the singer's estate regarding bassist Gene Simmons' remarks stating that he believed the late singer had molested children.
Country music singer Mindy McCready and her young son Zander are found hiding together in a home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, USA. Three days earlier, McCready had removed Zander from her perents' house in Cape Coral, Florida, USA.
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Country artist Scotty McCreery graduates from Garner High School in North Carolina, USA.
Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, attends Manhattan Supreme Court, New York City, USA, to discuss arrangements for his proposed child support payments for the daughter he fathered with American journalist Liza Ghorbani.
Disgraced glam-rock singer Gary Glitter is charged in London, UK, with eight counts of sexual offences committed against two girls aged 12–14 between 1977 and 1980.
1970s hitmaker Tony Orlando visits the West Bank, Jerusalem, homes of three missing Israeli teenagers believed to have been abducted a few days earlier by the militant group Hamas. Orlando's visit is a gesture of support.
It is announced that Billy Joel has pledged $1m to help prevent Long Island High School For The Arts from closing, on condition that the education authorities commit to keeping it open for three years.
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.
At least 22 people are killed and over 50 injured when a bomb is exploded at a concert by Ariane Grande in Manchester Arena, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.