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Seventeen-year-old Allen 'Al' Britt dies of wounds inflicted on him two days earlier by his girlfirend Frankie Baker, a 22-year-old dancer in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Britt's slaying is said to have inspired the jazz and blues classic song Frankie And Johnny. Britt had been carrying on a relationship with a woman named Alice Pryor. At her trial, Baker will claim that Britt had attacked her with a knife and she merely acted in self-defense. She will be acquitted, eventually dying in 1952 in a Portland, Oregon mental institution.
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.
On the orders of mobster Al Capone, seven members of Bugs Moran's gang are lined up and shot against the rear inside wall of the garage at 2122 North Clark Street, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The incident will go down in the annals of infamy as The St. Valentine's Day Massacre. The incident will inspire lines in the song Valentine's Day by James Taylor. Ska band Mark Foggo's Skasters will record an album and a song called St Valentine's Day Massacre, and rapper 50 Cent's 2005 album The Massacre, was initially titled The St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
Outspoken liberal poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca is shot dead by Fascist militia near Alfacar, Granada, Spain, Europe. Lorca will become a lifelong hero to Leonard Cohen, whose 1986 song Take This Waltz is a translation of the Lorca poem Pequeno vals vienes. The story of Lorca's death will provide inspiration for The Pogues' 1990 song Lorca's Novena, and in 2012 songwriter Joe Wilkes will release a song, Looking For The Grave Of Garcia Lorca, on an album of the same title.
Over 350 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes launch a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, killing 2,402 people and wounding a further 1,282. The attack will lead directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. Numerous patriotic songs will be inspired by this cowardly action, notably Remember Pearl Harbour, a major hit for bandleader Sammy Kaye. Country music singer and songwriter Carson Robison recorded two; Remember Pearl Harbour [a different song with the same title] and We're Gonna Have To Slap The Dirty Little Jap, while bluesman Pete 'Doctor' Clayton released Pearl Harbour Blues.
The film adaptation of Irving Berlin's classic musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton as gunslinger Annie Oakley, is released in the USA. Co-starring in the film are Howard Keel, Louis Calhern and Keenan Wynn.
Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimmy Vaughan is born in Dallas, Texas, USA. As well as carving out an impressive career as leader of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, he will also teach his younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, how to play guitar.
Piedmont-blues style harmonica player Phil Wiggins is born in Washington DC, USA.
Gene Vincent and Jerry Keller play the second of six nights at The Hippodrome, Brighton, UK.
In His Own Write, a book of writings and drawing by John Lennon of The Beatles, is published in the USA.
Ringo by Lorne Greene reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, making him only the second Canadian to top the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. Paul Anka was the first.
The Talismen release their version of the Bob Dylan song Masters Of War in the UK on Stateside Records.
Ken Curtis (aka Festus from the tv series Gunsmoke) records Streets Of Dodge City and In My Home Town, for Capitol Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beatles album Revolver is released in Germany on Horzu Records.
A riot by radical students erupts during a gig by Shirley Bassey and Bongusto Fred at La Bussola Versilia [The Compass], a nightclub on the seafront of Marina di Pietrasanta in the village of Le Focette near Via Reggio, Italy, Europe. The violent clashes with police last all night, resulting in a total of fourteen people being injured, including a student, Soriano Ceccanti, who is hit by a bullet at the base of the neck, paralysing him for life.
The South Vietnamese government bans the anti-war songs of local writer Trinh Cong Son, who admits to being influenced by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
I Shot The Sheriff by Eric Clapton, a cover of a Bob Marley song, is released to radio stations in the USA.
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The album The Clones Of Dr Funkenstein by Parliament is certified as a gold disc in the USA by the RIAA.
If You Leave Me Now by Chicago reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart. On the same day, Leo Sayer releases a new single, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, in the USA.
In London, rock journalist Caroline Coon makes Christmas dinner for The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned.
The Sex Pistols' album Never Mind The Bollocks is removed from British record stores under the 1889 Indecent Advertisements Act.
Queen play the first of two nights at The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, UK.
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.
The album Nine Tonight by Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band is certified both gold and platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Reggae vocalist Hugh Mundell is shot and killed while sitting in a car in the St Andrew community of Grant's Pen Avenue with Junior Reid, in Kingston, Jamaica. The murderer is never identified and the motive never explained.
Status Quo enter the UK singles chart with In The Army Now on Vertigo Records which will peak at No2 during a fourteen-week run on the chart.

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Bad Religion play at Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Europe, supported by Celibate Rifles.
The Neighborhoods, ZugZug, Savage Garden, Witch Doctor and Tommy Gun play at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
A man is shot in the stomach after a canister of CS gas is thrown into the crowd during a Shabba Ranks gig in Brixton Academy, London, England, UK. Support act is Shinehead.
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Former Guns N'Roses drummer Steven Adler collects a back-payment check of $2.25m and is granted 15% of the royalties for everything he recorded prior to his departure after suing the band for wrongful dismissal. He claims he was “impaired” when he signed the original contract.
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan is taken to hospital after being shot in the arm and back while trying to prevent a robbery at his cousin's home in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Rapper 50 Cent is shot nine times while sitting in a car outside his grandmother's house in Queens, New York, USA, allegedly because his song Ghetto Qua Ran upset Kenneth McGriff, the gangster-connected owner of Murder Inc. Records.
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.
Shortly after Rapper 50 Cent reveals on a New York City, USA, radio show, that he has fired The Game from his group G-Unit, a man is shot in the leg in the radio station’s lobby while 50 Cent is still on the air.
The wrongful death civil action trial over the death of Notorious B.I.G. begins in Los Angeles, California, USA. The case, brought by the rapper's mother and his widow (singer Faith Adams), opens with attorney Robert Frank stating that LAPD officer David Mack arranged for the murder of the rapper.
The Live8 Concert in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, (and several other cities worldwide), features artists including Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Dido, Keane, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Muse, Razorlight, Scissor Sisters, Paul McCartney, Joss Stone, Stereophonics, Sting, Robbie Williams, U2, Stevie Wonder, R.E.M., The Cure, Velvet Revolver, Bob Geldof, The Killers and Snow Patrol.
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Marc Cohn, best-known for his hit Walking In Memphis, is shot in the head by a car-jacking suspect fleeing from the police in Denver, Colorado, USA. Fortunately, the injury is minor and Cohn is detained only briefly in hospital. Cohn is in Denver for a concert with Suzanne Vega but the rest of his apperances on her tour have to be cancelled.
Following a confrontation in Papa Joe's Texas Saloon, Lorena, Texas, USA, country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver shoots Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun. The incident will inspire Dale Watson to compose his song Where Do You Want It?, based on a remark said to have been made by Shaver prior to shooting Coker.
Rapper Waka Flocka is shot in the arm while struggling with robbers at a car wash in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Robert Plant and The Band Of Joy release a single, Angel Dance, in the UK.
Wyclef Jean claims that he has been shot in the palm of his right hand in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Caribbean. Local police report otherwise, saying that Wyclef was not wounded by a bullet but was cut by glass.
On his My World tour, Justin Bieber plays at The Mediolanum Forum, Milan, Italy, Europe.
Bono of U2 and actress Liv Tyler are among the guests attending a private presentation of the Stella McCartney Spring 2012 fashion collection in New York City, USA.
On the North American leg of her World Tour 2012, Madonna plays at Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Iranian musician Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, attacks the Brooklyn, New York City, USA, home of indie band The Yellow Dogs with a semiautomatic rifle, killing drummer Arash Farazmand and his brother, guitarist Soroush Farazmand, as well as Ali Eskandarian, a charismatic Iranian singer-songwriter and author who often collaborated with the band.
Songwriter Eric Bogle, professes himself to be unhappy with a recent version by Joss Stone and Jeff Beck of his song No Man's Land (Green Fields Of France), which has been chosen as this year’s official Poppy Appeal single.
The biographical documentary The Most Dangerous Band In the World : The Story Of Guns N' Roses has its worldwide premiere on BBC Four tv at 10pm in the UK.
Rapper Finese 2Tymes is arrested in the Side Effects club in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The previous night, he had been headlining at the 300 capacity Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, when twenty-eight peope were injured by gunfire.