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The remains of Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys are buried at sea by USCGC Point Judith (WPB 82345) in location 33-53.9N, 118-38.8W.
Halfway through playing Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood on his BBC Radio One Breakfast Show, deejay Mike Read removes the record from his turntable and declares it to be obscene.
Motley Crue begin their first North American tour with a show at Madison Square Gardens, New York City, USA.
R.E.M. spend the fourth of seven days of recording in Reflections Sound Studio, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
The Rolling Stones fly to Mexico, North America, to make videos for She Was Hot and Too Much Blood.
Duran Duran's Sing Blue Silver tour plays at Sendai Sports Centre, Sendai, Japan, Asia.
Leader Of the Pack, a revue featuring the songs of Ellie Greenwich, opens at The Bottom Line, New York City, USA.
The Smiths release their third single, What Difference Does It Make?, in the UK. It will peak at No12 in the singles chart.
Al Jourgensen of Ministry marries Patty Marsh in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Trouble Funk play at The Roxy, New York City, USA.
Duran Duran release their latest single, New Moon On Monday, in the UK.
The international record industry conference, MIDEM, kicks off in Cannes, France, Europe. 7,271 record company representatives attend from 1,432 companies.
Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon visit the Strawberry Fields old people's home in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, which had inspired The Beatles' song Strawberry Fields Forever. She donates £250,000 to the home.
Yoko Ono donates '250,000 to the Strawberry Field old people's home in Liverpool, UK, which had inspired The Beatles' song Strawberry Fields Forever.
Sweetheart Like You by Bob Dylan, peaks at No55 in the Billboard Singles chart in the USA.
After treatment for second and third degree burns sustained while making a Pepsi tv ad, Michael Jackson is discharged from Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California, USA.
At the Odeon, Birmingham, US jazz/funk keyboardist Herbie Hancock begins his Future Shock Tour of the UK.
The Cure play in the Alabamahalle, Munich, Germany, Europe.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Queen release a new single, I Want To Break Free, in the UK.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Columbus, Ohio, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
US President Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson with a Special Achievement Award in a ceremony in the Garden of The White House, Washington, DC., USA The award recognises the imporatance of Jackson's participation in an advertising campaign aimed at discouraging the youth of America from drinking.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Santo Pecora, who found success as a jazz trombone player, most notably with The New Orleans Rhythm Kings, dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Michael Jackson attends the unveiling of a wax likeness of himself at The Guinness Museum of World records in San Francisco, California, USA.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Verdun Auditorium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, supported by Motley Crue.
Bob Dylan plays at The Waldbuhne, West Berlin, Germany, Europe. The tour is a double-header with Carlos Santana.
Bob Dylan plays the last of three nights at Palaeur, Rome, Italy. The tour is a double-header with Carlos Santana.
Young At Heart by The Bluebells enters the UK singles chart at No54. It will peak at No8 during a twelve-week run on the chart.
During sessions for the album Empire Burlesque, Bob Dylan records Honey Wait and Mountain Of Love with Al Green, at Intergalactic Studio, New York City, USA.
When Doves Cry becomes Prince's biggest UK hit single so far, peaking at No4.
Percy Mayfield, singer and composer of Hit The Road Jack, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, aged 63. On the same day, Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart.
Matthew Followill, lead guitarist of Kings Of Leon, is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
The Jacksons, including Michael Jackson, play the first of two nights at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The combined audience for the two nights is 116,500.
Paul McCartney enters the UK singles chart with No More Lonely Nights, which will peak at No2 during a fifteen-week run.
When Twisted Sister play in Midland, Texas, USA, the local police chief warns the band that the local sheriff wants to arrest them. He advises them not to use any bad language onstage because if they do, the police chief will be able to get them out of town safely.
The Cure play the second of two nights in the Palais, Melbourne, Australia.
Paul McCartney holds a press conference in Chicago, Illinois, to promote his new single, No More Lonely Nights.
The Rolling Stones album Some Girls is certified as a 4x platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
George Harrison announces that he has declined the honour of a Freedom of the City award from his home town of Liverpool, UK.
Iron Maiden play at The Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, supported by Motley Crue.
Iron Maiden play at The Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe, supported by Motley Crue.
Meatloaf’s album Bad Attitude, featuring The Who's Roger Daltrey on guest vocals, enters the UK chart where it will peak at No8.
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On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the last of three nights nights at The Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland, USA.
Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Robert Cray wins four Handy Awards, among them song and single of the year for I'm In A Phone Booth, Baby.
Bernhard Hugo Goetz shoots four alleged teenage muggers on a No. 2 subway train in Manhattan, New York City, USA. He will be arrested and convicted - but only for illegal possession of a firearm, and will come to symbolize New Yorkers' frustrations with the high crime rates of the early 1980s. The incident will spark a nationwide debate on race and crime in major cities, and will also inspire numerous songs. In 1986, British prog-rock band Pallas will release their song The Executioner [Bernie Goetz A Gun] on their album The Wedge. He will also be listed in the Billy Joel song We Didn't Start the Fire, in Hold On by Lou Reed, Stop That Train by the Beastie Boys, Subway Vigilante by Ronny And The Urban Watchdogs, The Saga of Bernhard Goetz by Otto von Wernherr, and Shoot His Load by Agnostic Front.
Legendary reggae producer and artist Lee 'Scratch' Perry and The Upsetters play at Dingwalls, Camden Town, London, UK.