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Gunfighter and scout Wild Bill Hickok is buried in Ingelside Cemetery, Deadwood, Black Hills, South Dakota, USA. He had been killed the day before by being shot in the back of the head by Jack McCall while engrossed in game of draw poker in Nuttal And Mann's Saloon No. 10 in Deadwood. The moment is immortalized in the song Burial Of Wild Bill by Captain Jack Crawford, known as The Cowboy Poet.
Notorious outlaw John Wesley Hardin is sentenced to serve 25 years in Huntsville Prison, Texas, USA, for the killing of Brown County, Texas, Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb. On his arrest, Hardin boasted of having killed 42 men. in 1967, Bob Dylan will be inspired by Hardin's exploits to write his song John Wesley Harding, a somewhat fanciful account of Hardin's life.
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Police Superintendent David Hennessey is shotgunned to death on Basin Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Hennessey's death will be related in an early blues song, The Downfall Of The Lion, written by Richard 'Rabbit' Brown, but never recorded. All that remains is a verse recalled by guitarist Lemon Nash, who played with Brown in the 1920's: "I'm gonna tell you racketeers, Something you can understand, Don't let your tongues say nothin', That your head can't stand." Hennessey's killing will also provide the basis of another song, The Hennessey Murder.
Medgar Evers is born in Decatur, Mississippi, USA. Evers will become a committed anti-segregation campaigner and, in 1963 in Jackson, Mississippi, he will be shot in the back and killed by a white racist gunman. Evers' death will be the spark for the Bob Dylan song Only A Pawn In Their Game.
Gertrude Lawrence is recorded in His Majesty's Theatre, London, UK, singing the George Gershwin song Someone To Watch Over Me.
The Ink Spots record Brown Gal and Pork Chops And Gravy, for Decca Records.
Johnny Willow by Fred Darian reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson play at St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK.
In Jackson, Mississippi, USA, anti-segregation campaigner Medgar Evers is shot in the back and killed by a white racist gunman. Evers' death will be the spark for the Bob Dylan song Only A Pawn In Their Game.
On hearing that President Kennedy has been assassinated, Phil Spector recalls his newly-released Christmas album, A Christmas Gift For You.
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Jr Walker And The All-Stars release a new single, Shotgun, in the USA.
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joe Maini Jr shoots himself in the head while playing Russian Roulette at a friend's home in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will die the following day.
The Tremeloes are the musical guests on ATV television show The Goilden Shot in the UK.
The Hollies, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich, Gun, Soft Machine, Marmalade and more play at The Barbecue, Earlham Park, Norwich, England, UK, Europe.
The album Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin is awarded a US gold disc by the R.I.A.A.
Get It On by T.Rex hits No1 in the UK Singles Chart for the first of four weeks.
Bruce Springsteen records Hearts Of Stone at The Record Plant, New York City. On the same day, Linda Ronstadt sings the US national anthem at Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, California, to open the third game of the Baseball World Series.
Queen play the second of two nights at New Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK.
Queen play the first of two nights at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, UK.
Stacy Sutherland, former lead guitarist of the 13th Floor Elevators, is accidentally shot dead by his wife Bunny, in Houston, Texas, USA.
Sid Vicious former bassist of The Sex Pistols, attempts suicide in the bathroom of the Hotel Seville, Madison Avenue, New York City, by slitting his wrists.
Future R.E.M. members Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Bill Berry all enrol at the UGA (University of Georgia In Athens).
Jean Harris, headmistress of The Madeira School for girls in McLean, Virginia, USA, shoots and kills Dr. Herman Tarnower, creator of The Scarsdale Diet at his home in Purchase, New York State, USA, with her Harrington And Richardson .32-caliber revolver. This celebrated murder will inspire the song Cold Pizza For Breakfast by Christine Lavin. (1980)
John Lennon is shot dead by Mark David Chapman at the entrance to the building where he lived, The Dakota, in New York City, USA. Numerous songs will be inspired by this incident, including I Just Shot John Lennon by The Cranberries, Mark David Chapman by ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Fall Of The Peacemakers by Molly Hatchett and Roll On John by Bob Dylan.
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The Superior Court of Los Angeles County dismisses the case brought against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 19-year old John McCollum, who had shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber handgun while listening to Osbourne's song Suicide Solution. The case will, however, go to appeal.
West Tech Security sends a guard to Nikki Sixx's home in Los Angeles, California, USA, where they find him naked and waving a shotgun, accusing the guard of bugging his house. He imagines Mexicans and midgets running around his house, and neighbours report seeing the drug-crazed rocker crawling naked around his yard with the shotgun days earlier.
An obsessive fan of The Beatles, Mark Chapman, checks in at the Y.M.C.A. in New York City, USA. He is in the city with the intention of confronting and possibly murdering John Lennon.
A hectic day for the long arms of the law. Police raid Michael Jackson's homes in California after allegations of child abuse. On the same day, when a 22 year old man is shot in Los Angeles, California, police issue a warrant for the arrest of rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. The man had made threats against Dogg, only to find himself shot by the rapper's bodyguard. Meanwhile, in the UK, Rob Collins, keyboardist of UK band The Charlatans, pleads guilty at Stafford Crown Court to being an accessory in an armed robbery.
When Alan Whitaker from Penzance, UK, appears on the British TV quiz show Mastermind, his specialist subject is The Sex Pistols. (1996)
Varg Vikernes, convicted murderer and former leader of Norwegian death metal band Burzum, is recaptured near Oslo, Norway, Europe, after failing to return from an approved prison leave and hijacking a car at gunpoint.
John Whitehead, an R'n'B artist best known for the 1979 hit song Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now by McFadden And Whitehead, is shot dead in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Percy Miller, aka Master P, label boss of No Limit Records, and his younger brother Silkk The Shocker (real name Vyshonn Miller), are arrested on gun charges when their car is pulled over by police outside UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rolling Stone magazine's legendary gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, is found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Aspen, Colorado, USA, aged 67.
Rapper Cassidy is charged with murder in court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The charge relates to an April, 2005 incident in which three men, including Cassidy, armed with .45, .40 and 9mm caliber pistols, and an AK-47 variant rifle, fired on three unarmed men during an argument in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.
Country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver is indicted on felony charges by a grand jury in McLennan County, Texas, USA. The indictment relates to a 2007 charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after Shaver had shot Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun, during a confrontation outside Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Lorena.
Zane Lowe, Scratch Perverts, Beardyman, Beatbullyz, The Cuban Brothers and Dub Pistols play on the first day Of Swindon Invincible at Swindon Old Town Bowl, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Zane Lowe, Scratch Perverts, Beardyman, Beatbullyz, The Cuban Brothers and Dub Pistols play on the second day of Swindon Invincible at Swindon Old Town Bowl, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Convinced that the world is about to end, Justin Godfrey, guitarist with doom metal band The Abominable Iron Sloth, calls police in Oroville Police Department, Butte County, California, USA, and invites them to arrest him, claiming that he is the 'Angel of Death', is in possession of an assault weapon and has been eating mushrooms. Godfrey later gives himself up to police, is charged with two felonies related to guns and jailed, with bail set at $30,000.
Reggae pioneer Winston Riley dies at University Hospital of the West Indies, Jamaica, Caribbean, aged 65, from gunshot wounds he had received in November 2011. Riley, a noted producer and also founder of The Techniques, had been the target of a number of unexplained attacks in 2011, including being shot in August and stabbed in September.
Davy Jones, former vocalist of manufactured 60s teen combo The Monkees, dies aged 66 of a massive heart attack, at Martin Hospital South in Stuart, Florida, USA.
Brownbird Rudy Relic plays at Dada, Delray Beach, Florida, USA.
The four-day-long Swedenrock Festival begins in Solvesborg, Sweden, Europe. This year's event is headlined by Rush, Kiss and Europe. Acts appearing today include The Sweet, Bullet, Vader and Stacie Collins.
David Bowie releases Valentine's Day, the fourth single from his 24th studio album The Next Day, in the USA. the song is widely perceived as being critical of American gun laws.
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.
Phil Collins announces that he is donating his collection of artefacts connected with the 1836 Battle Of The Alamo to the official Alamo Museum in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Chrissy Teigen, model and wife of singer John Legend, quits Twitter after receiving death threats among criticisms of her recently Tweeted comments on gun control in the USA.
Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes, a singer who appeared on the Mexican version of The Voice in 2011, dies aged 45 after being shot multiple times in his car three days earlier in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, supported by Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993. Also, at this gig, for the first time in 26 years the band is joined by drummer Steven Adler who plays on two songs.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at AT+T Park, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by The Struts. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the first of two nights at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Cult. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
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