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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 attack, 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.
Jeffery Hanlon is born in Blackpool, UK. After moving to Manchester and changing his name to Jef Hanlon [to sound more like Jet Harris of The Shadows], he will go on to become one of the most successful music promoters in the UK, working with Johnny Mathis, Chuck Berry, Gary Glitter and many others.
During their first Australian tour, Bill Haley And His Comets fly from Adelaide to Melbourne. Haley, suffering from a throat infection, is given a shot of penicillin and retires to bed.
Ralph E. Smiley, M.D., Acting Coroner of Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA, publishes his report into the previous day's aeroplane crash in Clear Lake, which resulted in the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.
Military pilot Francis Gary Powers is shot down in his U-2 jet plane over Sverdlovsk [aka Yekaterinburg], Russia, Europe, while on a spying mission for the USA. The incident will become a major international news story and will have significant political impact on talks between Russia and the USA. Powers tale will be told in the patriotic song The Ballad Of Francis Powers by country singer Red River Dave.
A package tour featuring Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Jet Harris And The Jetblacks, The Breakaways and Sounds Incorporated plays at The Gaumont, Doncaster, UK.
The Rolling Stones, Kenny Lynch and the cast and crew of UK tv show Ready, Steady, Go! fly from London to Montreux, Switzerland, to record a special edition of the show.
Paul Anka, accompanied by and songwriter Sammy Cahn, flies from Paris, France, Europe, to New York City, USA, where Anka is shortly to begin a live engagement at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
During a world tour, The Beatles fly from New Zealand to Brisbane, Australia.
On a privately chartered BOAC Boeing 707, The Beatles fly to the Bahamas and book in to the Balmoral Club, Cable Beach, to begin filming their second movie, Help!
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The Beach Boys fly from Los Angeles, California, USA, to New Orleans, Louisiana, where they are to begin a tour in two days time. Unfortunately they have no bassist, so old friend Bruce Johnston is invited to join the group on a temporary basis.
The Rolling Stones fly to Germany, Europe, for three days of live dates and tv appearances.
The Beatles film an airport departure lounge sequence at Twickenham Film Studios, St Margaret's, Twickenham, England, UK, for their second film, Help!
Freddie And The Dreamers arrive back in the UK at the end of an American tour.
The Beatles fly from Nice, France, to Madrid, Spain, during a European tour.
Adam Faith flies from London, England, UK, to Barcelona, Spain, Europe, to appear in a live one-hour long Spanish tv spectacular.
Shortly before The Beatles land at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Minnesota, USA, en route to Portland, Oregon, for a concert, one of the engines on their Lockheed Electra aeroplane catches fire. John Lennon is frightened enough to quickly write a few messages which he encloses in a film canister for safety.
The Byrds are recording their first version of Eight Miles High for Columbia Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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When The Monkees arrive in the UK, Heathrow Airport is over-run by teenagers.
While The Monkees are on tour, a sixteen-year-old female fan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, stows away on the band's plane en route to St. Louis, Missouri, rendering the quartet open to charges from the girl's father of transporting a minor across state lines.
Sandie Shaw flies to Spain, Europe, to make a tv appearance.
John Lennon of The Beatles helicopters to the Isle Of Wight to visit Bob Dylan.
Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead play at The Family Dog, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Doors' singer Jim Morrison is forcibly removed from a Continental Airlines flight at Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and arrested for causing a disturbance while intoxicated.
The Doors' leader Jim Morrison appears in the District Court, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, charged with causing a disturbance on a Continental Airlines flight three-weeks earlier.
Jimi Hendrix is at Baggies, 71 Grant St, New York City, USA, rehearsing various tracks with Band Of Gypsys. On the same day, Noel Redding, bassist of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, flies back to England after the collapse of his group Fat Mattress.
Having completed his contributions to the Bob Dylan album New Morning, George Harrison flies from New York City, USA, back to London, England, UK, Europe.
Phil Kaufman, road manager to country rock star Gram Parsons, is fined $300 for having stolen a coffin containing Parsons' corpse from LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA. After stealing the body, aided by his friend Michael D. Martin, Kaufman had driven the body out to the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Navajo Desert and set fire to the corpse.
A Corvair turbo-prop plane crash in a swampy wood near Gillsburg, Mississippi, USA, takes the lives of Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant, Steven Gaines and Cassie Gaines.
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UK electronic-rocker Gary Numan emergency-lands his Cessna light aircraft on the A3051 - an English public highway from Botley to Winchester - but escapes unhurt.
Paul McCartney and his family fly to New York City, USA, on Concorde for a holiday.
When Frank Sinatra plays at The Roman Amphitheatre, Verona, Italy, Europe, a huge thunderstorm erupts, filling the plastic overhead canopy which soon looks set to burst. Just as the Italian crew, by climbing up huge A-frame ladders, manages to dump the water over the front of the canopy, Sinatra walks underneath and is drenched from head to foot. Nevertheless, he continues singing and manages to complete the show.
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Country singer and songwriter John Denver dies when the experimental lightweight aircraft he is piloting crashes into the sea at Monterey Bay, California, USA.
Former Ozark Mountain Daredevils' member Stephen Canaday dies when the vintage aeroplane in which he is riding crashes into a vacant house in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Sting becomes embroiled in a dispute with RAF Boscombe Down when he claims that noise from planes flying over his Wiltshire estate breaches the Human Rights Act.
Bono of U2 turns up at Isleworth Crown Court, London, UK, to testify as a character witness for Peter Buck of R.E.M., who is facing charges of "air rage" stemming from an incident on a flight from Seattle, Washington, USA, to London a year earlier.
At Isleworth Crown Court, London, England, UK, Peter Buck of R.E.M., is cleared of year-old charges of 'air rage'.
Having earned all of the necessary qualifications, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson begins a new job as an airline pilot.
Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy Osbourne, claims that $400,000 worth of designer watches and jewels were stolen from his luggage in LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA, before he boarded a plane to Britain earlier this month.
Brian McKnight and New Edition play at The American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA.
A helicopter belonging to Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is ordered to land at Los Angeles' Van Nuys airport after reports claim it is flying erratically. Lee, who is not at the controls, is told to land after Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) alert airport officials.
Britney Spears flies to Miami, Florida, USA, and books into the Newport Beachside Hotel with her boyfriend Jason Trawick. The pair are in Miami so that Britney can be a bridesmaid at the wedding of her assistant Brett Miller, two days later at the Spanish Monastery in Miami, Florida, USA.
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden delivers an address to The East Yorkshire and the Humber Institute Of Directors at its annual Hull Business Week lunch in KC Stadium, Hull, UK. As well as being a rock idol, Dickinson is also a qualified commercial pilot and heads Cardiff Aviation Ltd, which specialises in heavy maintenance of Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft.
MC Wiley is refused entry into Canada and flown back to the UK. He was due to play a gig at The Hoxton, Toronto, Ontario.
The Country Music Association (CMA) Awards event is held in Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The full list of winners is as follows : full list of winners from the 2014 CMA Awards is as follows:

Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan

Single of the Year: Miranda Lambert, Automatic

Album of the Year: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Song of the Year: Kacey Musgraves, Follow Your Arrow

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line

Musical Event of the Year: Keith Urban feat. Miranda Lambert, We Were Us

Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally, guitar

Music Video of the Year: Dierks Bentley, Drunk On A Plane

New Artist of the Year: Brett Eldredge

On her Rebel Heart tour, Madonna plays the first of two nights at the American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA.
On her Rebel Heart tour, Madonna plays the second of two nights at the American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
On his Purpose World Tour Justin Bieber plays at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
On her 80-date Dangerous Woman tour Ariana Grande plays at The American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA, supported by Victoria Monet and Little Mix.