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Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, is executed by beheading at the Tower Of London, London, England, UK, Europe. Her death will inspire the grimply humourous song With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm.
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.
The Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, reports that local entrepreneur William A. Morris has handed over the management of The American Music Hall to Henry Greenwall, who has promised to uphold the legacy of the establishment.
Small-time crook Harry Snodgrass is sentenced to three years in Missouri State Penitentiary following a botched attempt to hold up a confectioner's shop in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. When prison officials learn he can play piano, Snodgrass is allowed to join the prison band, described by the Chicago Tribune as 'twenty-eight thugs convicted of crimes ranging from embezzlement to burglary to murder.' The band broadcasts from the studio of Radio station WOS located beneath the Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri, and Snodgrass becomes exceptionally popular. After leaving prison, he will record for Brunswick Records, billed as 'King Of The Ivories'.
Red Foley records Smoke On The Water, There's A Blue Star Shining In Heaven Tonight, Hang Your Head In Shame and You Sang My Love Song To Somebody Else in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A patriotic pseudo-religious war-mongering anti-Japanese/German/Italian rabble rouser, Smoke On The Water, will top the charts for thirteen consecutive weeks.
The Beaulieu Jazz Festival, Hampshire, England, UK, Europe, featuring Johnny Dankworth, James Cotton, Kenny Ball's Jazzmen, Chris Barber's Jazzband with Ottilie Patterson, Terry Lightfoot and others, ends in riots when members of the crowd begin to climb the scaffolding which supports the lighting rigs being used for the tv broadcast. Among the audience is a young Rod Stewart.
Two girls have their clothes ripped off during scenes of hooliganism at a Rolling Stones show in The Kurhaus, Scheveningen, The Hague, Holland, Europe.
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.
A riot breaks out at a show by The Wailing Wailers at The Ward Theatre, Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. The band will rise to international success in the 70s as Bob Marley And The Wailers.
When The Rolling Stones play at the Ernst Merckhalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe, two thousand fans go on a rampage.
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At Record Plant, New York City, USA, the Jimi Hendrix Experience tracks Long Hot Summer Night and House Burning Down are mixed. (House Burning Down is said to have been inspired by the Watts Riots in Los Angeles.)
Two Little Boys by Rolf Harris becomes the Christmas No1 single in the UK.
A crowd of 500, armed with rocks and bottles, attempt to storm the gates of the Great American Music Fair in Syracuse, New York State, USA. The event features Jefferson Starship, The Doobie Brothers and The New Riders Of The Purple Sage. The crowd is attempting to turn it into a free festival, but achieves little more than a fruitless riot and sixty arrests.
Joe Strummer of The Clash is arrested, when he hits a violent audience member with his Fender Telecaster during a gig in The Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Specials release a new single, Ghost Town, on 2 Tone Records in the UK.
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Three armed intruders break in to Johnny Cash's holiday home, Cinnamon Hill, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean, and rob the assembled Cash family and guests of an estimated $35,000 – $50,000 in cash and jewellery, plus 175 pairs of shoes intended as donations for a local orphanage for Christmas. Two of the men are later caught at Montego Bay airport waiting for a flight to Miami, and will eventually die while in police custody.
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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.
During a show at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses jumps off the stage into the crowd and assaults a security guard who has been manhandling an audience member. Rose is arrested, bringing the show to an end after just three songs.
Stone Roses cause criminal damage at the offices of their former label, Revolver Records in Wolverhampton, UK, by splattering paint around the offices and over the car of label owner Paul Birch. They were angered by the label re-issuing an old track, Sally Cinnamon, as a cash-in single now that they were successful.
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The Stone Roses appear in court in Wolverhampton, UK, on charges of criminally damaging the offices of their former label, Revolver Records.
Police arrest 26-year-old Jeff Lloyd on suspicion of starting a fight and kicking a police officer in the head after attending a Megadeth concert at The Ventura Theatre, Ventura, California, USA.
It is reported that Harvard junior, Benjamin Dattner, is planning to sue Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block. Dattner claims that Wahlberg assaulted him on Delta Airlines flight bound for Atlanta, Georgia, USA, earlier in the month.
Don Myrick, saxophonist with in Earth, Wind And Fire, is shot dead at the age of 52 by a policeman in Santa Monica, California, USA, who mistakes a butane lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon.
When Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, New York State, USA, vocalist Dave Gahan bites journalist Andy Perry backstage, and threatens to put a curse on him.
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Milt Hinton, aka 'the bassist of the stars' dies aged 90 in Queens, New York City, USA. Hinton played with Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong before memorably contributing the bass licks for the hit version of Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin.
While en route to a recording session for their second album, Satellite, the band P.O.D. is held up in traffic. The delay is caused by a shooting at nearby S antana High School, Santee, California, USA, where fifteen-year-old student Charles Andrew Williams has killed two and wounded thirteen. Horrified by the incident, the band will write the song Youth Of The Nation which will appear on Satellite and will be released as a single.
Courtney Love is arrested when she is found smashing the windows of her former boyfriend's home. Shortly after being released on bail, she takes a drug overdose.
Singer-songwriter Elliott Smith is found dead from stab wounds at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Silverlake, California, USA.
The Police Department in Santa Monica, California, USA, issues a w arrant for the arrest of G-Unit rapper Young Buck, in connection with a stabbing at the Vibe Awards the day before.
Eight years after the murder of rapper The Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls, the FBI closes its 18-month long investigation into the case. The investigation had been looking into allegations that a Los Angeles police officer and Death Row Records founder Suge Knight, plotted the murder. The case is being closed, says the head of the FBI’s Los Angeles office because there is no basis on which to prosecute.
Three men, including the rapper Cassidy, fire on three unarmed men during an argument in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Cassidy will, in due course, serve eight months in jail for his part in this incident.
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.
In an interview on the UK's BBC Radio One, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age claims that he sacked bassist Nick Oliveri from the band some months earlier because he had been physically abusing his girlfriend.
Amelle Berrabah of The Sugababes is arrested in Aldershot, UK, after allegedly causing criminal damage to a car belong to a neighbour.
Gavin Munro, frontman of Americana-style band Southpaw, kicks 74-year-old pensioner Kevin Murphy in the head after headlining the Gig On The Green music festival in the village of Pitcairngreen, near Perth, Scotland. Munro is eventually taken to court and found guilty of the attack.
At a hearing in Toronto, Canada, 47-year-old Daniel Sullivan who allegedly attacked Noel Gallagher of Oasis during a gig at the Virgin Festival in Toronto, has his charge of assault upgraded to aggravated assault, which carries higher potential penalties.
A free concert by Alexander O'Neal at Bermondsey Carnival in Southwark Park, London, is cancelled after a teenage boy receives leg and facial injuries in a stabbling incident, just moments before O'Neal is due on stage.
It is reported that reggae singer Finley Quaye has been arrested following an incident in which he bit the arm of his tour manager during a dispute at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, UK. Police reportedly found cannabis in Quaye's possession when they attended the incident.
A Justin Bieber concert in Gary, Indiana, USA, ends in a near riot when dozens of fans attack a group of men wearing Jonas Brothers tee-shirts.
Robert Levon Been, bassist of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, throws a water bottle into the audience during a gig at Backstage, Munich, Germany, Europe. In due course, he will be fined 18,500 euros and given a three month suspended sentence, because the bottle injured a fan's eye.
Dave McCabe, lead singer of The Zutons, is convicted of assault in Liverpool Crown Court, Liverpool, England, UK. The conviction relates to an incident in which McCabe broke a man's nose outside a club after his girlfriend was insulted.
Harley Flanagan, former bassist and founder member of Cro-Mags, is arrested after allegedly attacking three members of the band's current line-up in the VIP room at Webster Hall, New York City, USA, before a gig during the first CGBG Festival. Flanagan is reported to have appeared brandishing a knife, before stabbing his replacement Mike "The Gook" Couls. He then allegedly bit two other members, who were taken to a nearby hospital.
On the North American leg of her World Tour 2012, Madonna plays at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Anthony Kiedis, singer of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, becomes involved in a brawl with security men when he is barred from entering The Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Kiedis is a guest in the hotel, but he is stopped because The Rolling Stones are leaving the building.
The book Predators: The CIA's Drone War on al Qaeda by Brian Glyn Williams is published by Potomac Books in the USA and UK. When Matt Bellamy of Muse reads this book, he will be inspired to write the songs for the band's concept album Drones.
A Florida, USA, judge sentences Michael Dunn to life imprisonment for the murder of African-American teenager Jordan Davis. The teenager died when Dunn fired into an SUV in Jacksonville, Florida, during an argument over loud music. The sentence includes an additional ninety years for three convictions of attempted murder and firing a weapon into a vehicle.
A fan is shot outside of a post-gig party being thrown by rapper Ja Rule in Peoria, Illinois, USA.
Russian popular music stars including Yulia Chicherina and Zara perform a New Year's eve concert for Russian military personnel at the Russian airbase in Hmeimim near Latakia, Syria, Asia.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez, El Salvador, San Salvador, Central America. While in the region, Maiden's drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Janick Gers visit the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was assassinated by members of a Salvadoran death squad, during a mass in 1980 at the start of the Salvadoran Civil war.
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During her concert in Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany, Europe, Rihanna dedicates her song Diamonds to the memory of those who died in the recent terrorist incident in the city of Nice, France, when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a lorry into a crowd celebrating the country's national Bastille Day holiday. Rihanna had been in Nice on the day of the attack.