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The Brooklyn Academy of Music is incorporated in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Joshua Barnes Howell is born in Eatonton, Georgia, USA. He will find fame (after being shot in the leg by a shotgun) as blues guitar pioneer Peg Leg Howell, recording for Columbia Records.
22-year-old Frankie Baker shoots her lover, Allen Britt [aka Albert Britt] in an apartment at 212 Targee Street, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, for cheating on her with another woman, Nellie Bly [aka Alice Pryor]. Britt will die four days later and the incident will become the basis of the song Frankie And Johnny, which has been recorded in over 250 versions by artists including Jimmie Rodgers (The Singing Brakeman), Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Patton, Taj Mahal, Sam Cooke, Lena Horne, Lonnie Donegan, Bob Dylan, Brook Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Fats Waller, Van Morrison, Brook Benton, Lindsay Lohan, Jack Johnson and Stevie Wonder.
After an intense, hours-long gun-battle with FBI agents who have surrounded her house at 13250 East Highway C-25, Ocklawaha, Florida, USA, gang leader Ma Barker is shot dead. She will be immortalised in song by Boney M's 1977 hit single Ma Baker - in which her name is slightly modified to make it easier to sing.
Louis Armstrong becomes the first jazz musician ever to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.
Jimmy Rogers records Money, Marbles And Chalk, Hard Working Man, My Little Machine and Chance To Love, in Chicago, IIlinois, USA, for Chess Records.
Mac Wiseman, with producer Ken Nelson, records Footprints In The Snow, Just Outside, Pistol Packin' Preacher and What's Gonna Happen To Me in Bradley Film and Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The band on the session features Ray Edenton [gtr], Benny Williams [mandolin], Joseph Joe Drumright [banjo], Joe Zinkan [bass], Buddy Harman [drums], and Buddy Spicher and Chubby Wise [fiddles].
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 Beatles play at The Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Support acts on this show are The Righteous Brothers, The Exciters, Jackie De Shannon and the Bill Black Combo. While in Montreal, death threats are made against drummer Ringo Starr, so the group leaves the city immediately after their two shows.
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British pop weekly Melody Maker runs a front page article headlined 'Pop Protest Songs Soar'. Universal Soldier by Donovan is cited as one significant example.
The Beach Boys Today! is certified as a gold album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA. On the same day, The Beach Boys play at Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Wes Montgomery records Road Song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, The Green Leaves Of Summer and Greensleeves, at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for A And M Records.
Eric Clapton records his version of Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door in Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida, USA.
UK music weekly Sounds announces an upcoming tour featuring The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Talking Heads and The Vibrators. The tour will, however, have to be re-thought when the American bands drop out soon after.
The Sex Pistols play at Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry, UK, supported by The Clash.
Ten London-based record companies have their walls sprayed with the slogan 'Sign Siouxsie Now' - as part of a graffiti campaign on behalf of unsigned punk band Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Shirley Brickley, lead vocalist for 60's hitmaking girl group The Orlons, is shot dead at her home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Terry Kath, guitarist/vocalist of the group Chicago, kills himself in Woodland Hills, California, USA, by accidentally discharging a pistol he is holding to his head during a mock game of Russian roulette.
Scottish punk band The Rezillos play their final live gig, at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland. The show is recorded and will be released as the live album Mission Accomplished But The Beat Goes On.
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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Having pleaded 'no contest' to a charge of voluntary manslaughter, Marvin Gaye Sr is given five years probation for shooting his son.
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.
During a clash between feuding Bronx and Brooklyn hip hop factions, rap performer Scott La Rock is shot dead in the street in New York City. On the same day, R.E.M. release a new single, The One I Love, in the USA on IRS Records.
Guns N’Roses shoot a video for the song Patience, at The Ambassador hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
St. Charles County, Missouri, USA, police hold a press conference to announce that their drug agents recently found and seized several plastic bags of marijuana, an unspecified quantity of hashish, two rifles, a shotgun, $122,000, and pornographic videotapes, slides and books, at Berry Park, a liesure complex owned by Chuck Berry. Unexpectedly, Berry himself turns up at the press conference and denies ever having used cocaine (none of which had been found at Berry Park, although that was what the Drug Agents had been searching for).
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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Christina Grimmie is born in Marlton, New Jersey, USA. She will find success as a contestant in Season 6 of tv series The Voice, but will be shot dead at the age of 22, while signing autographs for fans at a merchandise table outside The Plaza Live club in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Doug Weston, owner of LA's legendary Troubadour Club dies of pneumonia, aged 72, in Midway Hospital Centre, Los Angeles, California.
Having been missing for a week Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC fame re-appears on an "Inside Edition" video shot in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She claims to have spent the week shopping for wedding rings with her boyfriend, Sean Newman.
The Dixie Chicks perform at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA, despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage. Maines had recently made controversial comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war. Maines is escorted to the show by police and afterwards directly to the airport.
Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine and The Black Maria play at The Zodiac, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
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A.J. Abdallah, owner of the recording studio on Eight Mile Road, Detroit, Michigan, USA, where Eminem recorded his album Slim Shady, is found shot dead at the studio. The killing is believed to have been associated with a robbery.
Armand van Helden, Athlete, Elvis Costello And The Imposters, Faithless, Garbage, Green Day, Jamie Cullum, Jimmy Eat World, KT Tunstall, The Kaiser Chiefs, Monza, Simple Plan, Sioen, Sum 41, The Dresden Dolls, The Kills, Velvet Revolver and Within Temptation play at Rock Werchter, Werchterpark, Werchter, Belgium, Europe.
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.
On their Scream Aim Fire tour, Bullet For My Valentine play at Alexandra Palace, London, UK, supported by Black Tide, Lacuna Coil, Bleeding Through and Lawnmower Deth.
Joven Deala, the half-brother of Black Eyed Peas member APL.DE.AP's is shot dead while inside his sports utility vehicle in front of his girlfriend's apartment in Angeles City in the Philippines.
Erykah Badu pays a $500 fine and is given six months of probation for stripping during a music video shoot for her song Window Seat, at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, USA, where President John F. Kennedy was assasinated in 1963.
On the North American leg of her World Tour 2012, Madonna plays at Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
A fan is shot outside of a post-gig party being thrown by rapper Ja Rule in Peoria, Illinois, USA.
During an appearance by Chris Brown at The Fiesta nightclub in San Jose, California, USA, five people are shot and injured. (This incident will lead to his probation being revoked several days later.)
Keith Emerson, keyboardist with The Nice and Emerson, Lake And Palmer, is found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Monica, California, USA. He suffered for many years with a painful nerve condition, and was thought to have become depressed.
The Los Angeles Coroner's Office announces that the recent death of Keith Emerson, keyboardist with The Nice and Emerson, Lake And Palmer, was suicide. Emerson was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Monica, California, USA. He suffered for many years with a painful nerve condition, and was thought to have become depressed.
During the warm-up dates for their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at The Empire Polo Club, Indio, California, USA. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
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 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.
During the Latin American leg of their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the first of two nights at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, supported by Airbag. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.