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Stephen Collins Foster is born in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. As songwriter Stephen Foster, he will become revered as the "Father of American music." His legacy of timeless songs includes Oh! Susanna, Old Folks at Home (aka Swanee River), Camptown Races, Beautiful Dreamer, My Old Kentucky Home and Old Black Joe.
Thousands of spectators gather beside the Mississippi river in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, to await the arrival of the winner of "The Steamboat Race Of The Century" between The Robert E. Lee and The Natchez. The winner is the Robert E. Lee, and the event will inspire the 1912 song Waiting For The Robert E. Lee, which will become a popular standard, recorded by Dean Martin, Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Benny Goodman and many others.
Popular dramatic tenor Charles Adams dies in West Harwich, Massachusetts, USA.
Musical comedy The Rounders is playing at The Casino Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 36 performances.
The musical comedy The Wild Rose is presented at The Knickerbocker Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 136 performances.
Josephine Gassman And Her Rollicking Louisiana Picaninnies are among the cast of 'Vaudeville entertainers' appearing at The Opera House, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania.
Musical comedy The French Maid is playing during a week at the Lafayette Opera House, Washington DC, USA.
The musical revue The Passing Show Of 1915 is presented at The Winter Garden Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 145 performances.
Jazz cornet player Joseph 'Buddy' Petit dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Although he never made any commercial recordings, he played with Sidney Bechet, Jimmy Noone, Barney Bigard and many others. Jelly Roll Morton described him as 'one of the greatest hot cornets that ever lived.'
Bryan Davies is born in Manchester, UK. After moving to Australia, he will enjoy a No1 hit single there with Dream Girl in 1961.
The musical Hazel Flagg, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Hilliard, is playing at The Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, USA, during a run of 190 performances.
Noel Coward comes to the end of a four-week engagement at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, accompanied by Carlton Hayes And His Orchestra and pianist/arranger Peter Matz.
George 'Hound Dog' Lorenz, one of the first radio deejays to play r'n'b and rock'n'roll records, resigns from WKBW in Buffalo, New York State, USA, because it has changed to a Top 40 format. Lorenz is quoted in music trade magazine Billboard, declaring that the repetitiveness of the Top 40 format, "is hurting the record industry, is lowering radio listening, and is decreasing a new artist's chance to make it."
Folk group The Brothers Four fly to New York City, USA, to begin recording their debut album for Columbia Records.
Johnny Cash plays the first of two days in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Please Help Me, I'm Falling by Hank Locklin reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Frankie Avalon begins a week of dates at The Glen Casino, Williamsville, New York State, USA.
That's All You Gotta Do by Brenda Lee peaks at No6 in the Billboard chart of the best-sellingsingles in the USA.
Connie Francis plays the fifteenth night of three weeks at The Sahara Hotel And Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers play the first of six nights at Abart's, Washington DC, USA.
Jerry Lee Lewis is playing during six nights at The Cadillac Club, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
A Silver Disc is awarded to the single The House of The Rising Sun by The Animals in the UK.
The Searchers, The Big Three, The Outlaws, Tony And The Meazzis, The Whirlwinds, The Toffees and The Corantos play at The Promenade, West Hartlepool, County Durham, England, UK, Europe.
The Yardbirds play at The Starlite Ballroom, Greenford, UK.
Jan Garber And His Orchestra play at The Lady Luck Lounge, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Roy Orbison performs Oh Pretty Woman on The Ed Sullivan Show on tv in New York City, USA.
The sixth day of the Pop Proms at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, features Chuck Berry, Chicken Shack and The Alan Bown.
Cliff Richard enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with Devil Woman, which will become his biggest hit in America.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Roomful Of Blues play the first of two nights at the Bottom Line, New York City, USA, with special guest Jimmy Witherspoon.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers play the first of three nights at The Palladium, New York City, USA.
The Beach Boys play an afternoon show at Washington Monument, Washington DC, USA, with Ringo Starr as their special guest. By the evening, they have flown on to Miami, Florida, where they play again.
The Skeletal Family play at The Wellington Club, Hull, England, UK, Europe.
On his In Step tour, Stevie Ray Vaughan plays at Lake Compounce, Bristol, Connecticut, USA.
On their Magic Summer tour, New Kids On The Block play at Harriet Island, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
On their Urban Jungle tour, The Rolling Stones play at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK.
Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses attacks a fan who is taking photographs at a concert in the Riverport Performing Arts Center, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 2,500 fans riot, the show is stopped, $200,000 worth of damage is done, sixty people are injured and sixteen arrested.
The Replacements play their final concert together, in The Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Vans Warped Tour, plays at The Save Mart Arena, Fresno, California, USA, with a bill including My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Fall Out Boy, The Transplants, MxPx, All-American Rejects, Dropkick Murphys, Thrice, Atreyu and Senses Fail.
On her Living Room tour, Carole King plays the second of two nights at Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario, Canada.
Diane Reeves plays at the Teatro Communale, Bolzano, Italy, Europe.
Rihanna, Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj play at The General Motors Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
In her dressing room backstage at T4 On The Beach in Weston-Super-Mare, UK, Kelis celebrates Independence Day by firing up her own indoor barbeque including rib eye steaks, salmon, corn on the cobs, hamburgers and hot dogs. Anxious fire wardens quickly put a halt to proceedings when they are alerted to it.
Blink 182 play at Liverpool Arena, Liverpool, UK, supported by You Me At Six.
The French film Holy Motors, featuring Kylie Minogue in a major supporting role, opens in cinemas in France, Europe.
Bernie Nolan, of popular British all-girl singing group The Nolans, dies of cancer, aged 52.
Silverstein play at Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
Midge Ure releases Fragile, his first new album in over a decade, on Hypertension Music in Europe.
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As part of the Forest Live series of concerts, Tom Odell plays at Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire, UK.
On their Get Weird tour, Little Mix play the second of two nights at The Marquee Festival, Cork, Ireland, Europe.
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