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The Battle Of The Alamo
, a thirteen-day siege, begins at The Alamo Mission, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Mexican forces will overwhelm The Alamo on March 6, killing almost all of the defending force. The battle will be immortalised in Tennessee Ernie Ford
's 1955 single The Ballad of Davy Crockett
, which will spend 16 weeks on the country music charts in the USA, peaking at No4. Also, in 1960, Marty Robbins
will release Ballad Of The Alamo
, in the USA on Columbia Records
which will peak at No34 on the pop chart. In 1965, folk-rock star Donovan
joined the ranks of many [Tex Ritter
, The Kingston Trio
, Johnny Cash
etc] who have recorded the Jane Bowers
' composition Remember The Alamo
The Battle Of The Somme
begins along the upper reaches of the River Somme in France, Europe. It will claim the lives of over 1m men in its five months of fighting. On the first day alone, 20,000 men lose their lives. The battle will inspire several songs including The Battle Of The Somme by The Dubliners (1970) and a different song with the same title by Martin Sweeney (2016).
Allied Forces land at Omaha Beach
, Normandy, France, Europe. Codenamed Operation Neptune and popularly known as D-Day, this marks the beginning of the Allied Forces' retaliation against Adolph Hitler and the forces of Nazism and Facism. The events of this day are the subject of the 2006 song The Longest Day
by Iron Maiden
Popular Algerian singer and orchestra leader Khelifa Belkacem
is shot dead aged 44 after a brawl in the Casbah near his home in Algiers, Algeria, Africa.
During an appearance by jazz saxophonist Zoot Sims
at Ronnie Scott
's Club in London, England, UK, Europe, a smoke bomb is thrown into the venue, necessitating the clearing of the room.
Four thousand fans riot in Miami Airport, Florida, USA, breaking down doors, smashing windows and trampling police officers, when The Beatles
' touch down, hoping for a brief break in their hectic tour schedule.
play at the Training College, Dunstable, UK.
Pop singer Jimmie Rodgers
suffers traumatic head injuries after the car he is driving is stopped by an off-duty police officer near the San Diego Freeway in Los Angeles, California, USA. Rodgers will sue the police for brutality, and they will counter-sue for slander, but neither case will go to trial. In 1973 Rodgers will accept a $200,000 settlement from the Los Angeles City Council, after it votes to give him the money rather than incur the costs of further court action.
is the first performer to appear at a new San Francisco supper club, Mr. D's. During the evening, Darin learns that Robert F. Kennedy has been shot.
Hippies in People's Park, Berkeley, California, USA, are attacked by police and US National Guard - an incident later recorded in The Beach Boys
' song Student Demonstration Time.
The tv special James Paul McCartney
, featuring Paul McCartney
, is broadcast on ABC in the USA. The climax of the show comes with a performance of Live And Let Die, during which McCartney's piano is rigged with pyrotechnics, intended as an explosive end to the song. Unfortunately, too much explosive has been packed into the piano, causing McCartney and other band members to be blown over. Luckily, no-one is seriously injured.
attends and sings at the funeral of Christopher Cleophus Glover
, a ten-year-old black
boy who had been shot in the back by a New York City Police
officer, Detective Thomas Shea, who claimed he believed that the child was a hold-up suspect and he pulled a gun on him.
Vigorelli Stadium in Milan, Italy, Europe, stones and bolts are
thrown onto the stage, and eventually a Molotov cocktail is hurled from the crowd
, setting fire to
the stage and equipment, bringing the concert to a horrific end.
The event leads to an embargo by major international musicians on
playing shows in Italy which will last for two years.
At a night club in Denmark, Europe, Brian Downey of Thin Lizzy
is attacked and has to be hospitalized. Mark Nauseef and Mike Mesbur (from support band The Lookalikes) stand in on drums for subsequent Scandinavian dates.
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jim Reid of The Jesus And Mary Chain
is cleared of charges of having assaulted fans there with a microphone stand the previous November.
In Miami, Florida, USA, the trial of 2 Live Crew
and the distributor of its LP As Nasty As They Wanna Be
vs Sheriff Nick Navarro begins. Navarro had recently succeeded in having the LP declared obscene, largely based on a recent Mimai Herald newspaper review which states that, "Many of 2 Live Crew
's lyrics are so filled with hard-core sexual, sadistic and masochistic material that they could not be printed here, even in censored form."
Trouble breaks out during a Metallica
gig at Orlando Arena, Florida, USA, when fans dangle an usher
by his ankles from the balcony. The band is charged $38,000 (£22,353) for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashes the building.
Seriously alcoholic Doug Hopkins
, guitarist and songwriter of The Gin Blossoms
, commits suicide by shooting himself in the head with a .38-cal. special pistol on the bed of his apartment in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut announces that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned
at The Roslin Institute, near Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell. This scientific breakthough will inspire the song Dolly by Shonen Knife
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.
language.sex.violence.other? by The Stereophonics
enters the UK albyums Chart at No1.
is charged with murder in court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The charge relates to an April, 2005 incident in which three men, including Cassidy, armed with .45, .40 and 9mm caliber pistols, and an AK-47 variant rifle, fired on three unarmed men during an argument in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.
Marion 'Suge' Knight, head of Death Row Records, is shot in the leg at an MTV party, hosted by Kanye West
, in the VIP Room of the Shore Club, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Linda Stein, former manager of The Ramones
, is found murdered - battered to death - on the floor of her Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA, penthouse. Her personal assistant Natavia Lowery is arrested and charged with the murder.
Pop vocalist Rachel Stevens
, formerly of S Club 7, is mugged as she enters her Regent's Park, London, England, UK, Europe, flat, by three thugs who steal her engagement ring, a Rolex watch and a necklace.
Fourteen people are arrested when fighting breaks out in the crowd at an Oasis
gig in Ricoh Arena, Coventry, England, UK.
Country singing star Trace Adkins
, reportedly in a drunken condition, gets into a fight with a Trace Adkins impersonator
, during a cruise ship voyage to Jamaica, Caribbean. Having been sober for twelve years, Adkins checks into rehab when the ship docks in Jamaica.
Zachary Swanson of Hebron, Wicomico County, Maryland, USA, is attacked by Paul Martin Hurst and Cary Lee Edwards, both members of the Juggalos
, a loosely-organised cult of followers of the band Insane Clown Posse
. As a result of the attack, motivated by his wearing of a Juggalos tattoo which Hurst and Edwards felt he had not earned, Swanson suffers fractures to his nasal area and face, brain bleeding, swelling around his eyes, eleven broken ribs and a liver laceration. Hurst and Edwards are arrested soon after.
Brazilian model Liziane Gutierrez is ejected from a private party held by Chris Brown
at The Palms, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Gutierrez will subsequently accuse Brown of attacking her at the party.