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Baseball player Roy Acuff collapses from sunstroke during a game at Caswell Park, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Deciding that sport is not the career for him, he decides to become a country singer.
Considered by many to be France's greatest boxer ever, Marcel Cerdan dies when a Lockheed L-749 Constellation crashes into Pico da Vara, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, killing all eleven crew members and 37 passengers on board. One of Edith Piaf's most famous songs, L'Hymne a l'amour (Hymn To Love), recorded the following year, is said to be about her unending love for Cerdan. The song has been recorded in English many times under the title If You Love Me [Really Love Me].
On returning to New York City, USA, after a visit to the UK, Frank Sinatra reveals that he found the game of cricket baffling. "I watched a couple of cricket matches with a set of rules in my hand but I couldn't make any headway," he says. "They start the game on Monday and are still trying to finish it on Wednesday. That's too much for me."
Chuck Berry plays at The Sports Arena, Hampton, Virginia, USA. The poster for the show specifies that this is Berry's first appearance at the venue for white audiences.
Nat King Cole records Goodnight Little Leaguer, Take A Fool's Advice, The First Baseball Game, Because You Love Me and Make It Last in Capitol Recording Studios, 151 West 46th Street, New York City, USA.
Louis Armstrong performs Royal Garden Blues, Blueberry Hill, Muskrat Ramble and other tracks during a live taping of The Ed Sullivan tv Show at The Sportpalast, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Paul Anka plays a live show at a baseball park in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.
Jan And Dean, Conway Twitty, Tony Orlando, Freddy Cannon, Ral Donner, Curtis Lee, Adam Wade and The Visions play in a post-game concert at The Sports Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The brand-new Telstar 1 communications satellite [launched on 10 July] carries its first transatlantic programming - excerpts of a baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA, a live press conference by President Kennedy, and a performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Inspired by the broadcast, British record producer Joe Meek composes the futuristic instrumental Telstar, which is recorded later in the week by The Tornados.
Surfin' Safari by The Beach Boys enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA at No30.
Cassius Clay declares himself to be "better and prettier than Chubby Checker". It appears that his recent victory over Sonny Liston in the World Boxing Championship has sent demand for Clay's 1963 album, I Am The Greatest, rocketing.
The Beach Boys have a recording session at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA, working on Hushabye, Wendy, Don't Back Down and other tracks.
Paul McCartney of The Beatles buys a racehorse, Drake's Drum, at a cost of
The Nashville Teens release a new single, Google Eye, in the UK.
Frank Sinatra plays at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York City, USA, backed by The Count Basie Orchestra.
George Harrison of The Beatles and his wife Pattie are in Monte Carlo, Europe, for the opening day of the Monaco Grand Prix. During the day they hang out with the racing drivers and watched Britain's Jackie Stewart win the first Formula One race of the season.
Keith Moon of The Who participates in a charity scooter race in Wembley, London, UK.
The Rumble In The Jungle, a world Heavyweight championship boxing match between George Foreman and former world champion/challenger Muhammad Ali, takes place in the Mai 20 Stadium, Kinshasa, Zaire, [now known as The Democratic Republic of the Congo], Africa. Ali wins by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. The fight will inspire the 1976 hit single In Zaire by Johnny Wakelin.
Pink Floyd play at The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Costello and Squeeze play at a benefit show in the Top Rank, Swansea, Wales, UK, Europe, for the family of Johnny Owen, a UK boxer whose injuries in a recent fight led to his death.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood play the first of two nights at The Omnisport, Bercy, Paris, France, Europe.
Uriah Heep, the first major Western rock band to perform live in Russia, play the third of ten nights at Olympijskiy Stadium, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
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Uriah Heep, the first major Western rock band to perform live in Russia, play the last of ten nights at Olympijskiy Stadium, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
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Big Country play the first of four nights at The Palace Of Sports, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
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On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, to an audience of 40,000.
Mary Chapin Carpenter performs Down At The Twist And Shout with BeauSoleil during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXI (Green Bay vs New England) at the Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Prior to their gig at The Sportsplex, Coral Springs, Florida, USA, New Found Glory are presented with the Key To The City Of Coral Springs.
Green Day play at The Cricket Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, supported by My Chemical Romance.
Elton John plays at Easter Road Football Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Eric Clapton and His Band perform at a special fundraiser for the Bunbury Cricket Club in the Grosvernor House Hotel, London, England, UK.
On their This Is Us tour The Backstreet Boys play the first of two nights at The International Gymnastic Centre, Shanghai, China, Asia.
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones attends the Monaco F1 race in Monte Carlo, Europe.
Deftones play at The Tennis Indoor Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Asia.
Taylor Swift attends an NHL hockey game between the Minnesota Wild and the Los Angeles Kings at The Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, with actor Chord Overstreet.
On their Come Around Sundown tour, Kings Of Leon play at Lancashire County Cricket Ground, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
On her Get $leazy tour, Ke$ha, supported by LMFAO, plays at at The St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Hot Air Balloon Festival in Quebec, Canada, attracting almost 100,000 fans.
On their Made In Germany tour, Rammstein play at The Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary, Europe.
Jay-Z goes to see The Atlanta Hawks play The New Jersey Nets at The Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
When Anthony Kiedis of The Red Hot Chili Peppers arrives to watch the Lakers vs Memphis Grizzlies game at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, he is seen to be on crutches, with his right foot braced in a walking boot. It transpires he has had surgery on his right foot to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon.
Ellie Goulding runs the inaugural Nike Women's Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., USA, notching up a time of 1:41:35.
British hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks reveal that they have consulted libel lawyers about the lyrics of their imminent single, Lost Generation, as they fear legal action because the song name-checks both Chelsea FC footballer John Terry and television personality Jeremy Kyle in the song.
Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry marries Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia at the First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, Tennessee, USA.
During their AM Tour, Arctic Monkeys play at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Foo Fighters headline the closing ceremony of The Invictus Games, Queen Elizabeth Park, London, England, UK.
Angus Young of AC/DC and his wife Ellen attend the French Open Tennis Tournament in Paris, France, Europe, where he sees Roger Federer of Switzerland and Marcel Granollers of Spain.
Avril Lavigne makes her first singing appearance in a year when she performs Fly at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Thirteen minutes into his set at The Pan-American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Kanye West throws his microphone into the air and storms off the stage. It is later stated that he had been suffering "technical difficulties".
Brian Littrell of The Backstreet Boys attends the Utah Jazz vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play at Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket, England, UK, Europe.
On their The Getaway World Tour, The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at the Los Angeles Rams pre-game performance, Los Angeles, California, USA.