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Train driver John Luther 'Casey' Jones is killed when his train, The Cannonball Express, crashes into a stalled freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, USA. By his quick action, Jones had managed to reduce the speed of the train from 75 to 35 miles per hour, which undoubtedly saved the lives of his passengers. His heroic action will inspire The Ballad Of Casey Jones, written soon after by Eddie Newton, Wallace Saunders and T. Lawrence Seibert. The song will become a folk and country music standard, recorded in at least forty different versions including the theme song from the tv series Casey Jones. Among the most popular other versions, are the renditions by Johnny Cash and Pete Seeger.
Pauline Hall, The Great Rauschle, Lizzie Evans And Harry Mills, Sam Marion And The McCoy Sisters, The Automobile Girl and The Lefevre Saxophone Quartette are appearing at The Orpheum Theatre, Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
The song Altoona Freight Wreck is copyrighted by Carson Robison [nicknamed the granddaddy of the hillbillies], in the USA. The song is based on a real event involving a runaway freight train in which the driver and brakeman were both killed.
Betty Jack Davis is born in Corbin, Kentucky, USA. With her high school friend Skeeter Davis [not actually related] she will form The Davis Sisters. They will score just one hit in 1953, I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know because an automobile accident will take Betty Jack's life during the week the record is released. Skeeter Davis, however, go on to achieve success as a solo artist.
After an intense, hours-long gun-battle with FBI agents who have surrounded her house at 13250 East Highway C-25, Ocklawaha, Florida, USA, gang leader Ma Barker is shot dead. She will be immortalised in song by Boney M's 1977 hit single Ma Baker - in which her name is slightly modified to make it easier to sing.
Popular singers Jan Peerce and Virginia Ray appear on the radio show The Chevrolet Hour in the USA, performing Among The Stars and Will You Remember?
Brownie McGhee (vocal, guitar) and Sonny Terry (harmonica) record Carolina Blues in New York City, USA. The song is also known as Key To The Highway.
Country singer Bob Newman records A Lonesome Truck Driver's Blues, and Turtle Dovin' at King Recording Studio, 1540 Brewster Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Betty Jack Davis of country music singing duo The Davis Sisters is buried in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, USA. She had been killed days earlier in a car crash. The other member of the duo, Skeeter Davis, will go on to achieve success as a solo artist.
Singer Julie London marries musician and composer Bobby Troup. London's best-remembered hit is Cry Me A River and Troup's best-known composition is [Get You Kicks On] Route 66.
LaVern Baker headlines during a week of shows at The Howard Theater, Washington DC, USA, with The Edsels, Gary 'US' Bonds and The Solitaires
The Louvin Brothers record Wreck On The Highway for Capitol Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with Cowboy Copas on guitar.
Nineteen-year-old pop singer Bobby Shafto of British band The Gov'nors is seriously injured in a car crash near Munich, Germany, Europe. Music business manager Fred Clifford is killed in the same accident, and The Gov'nors come to an untimely end.
Teddy Randazzo begins a summer booking at The Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
When her car breaks down en route to a festival date, Joan Baez spends the night in the home of Redeene Hamm, at 600 S. Chestnut St., Kewanee, Illinois, USA.
While The Beach Boys are in Farmington, Utah, USA, for a gig at The Lagoon, they come up with the idea for a song called Fun, Fun, Fun.
Boogie-woogie piano great Meade Lux Lewis dies in an automobile crash in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The Rip Chords perform Three Window Coupe on weekly tv pop show American Bandstand in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Chuck Berry records No Particular Place To Go for Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Musically, it is almost identical to Berry's earlier hit School Days.

Legendary boogie-woogie jazz pianist Meade Lux Lewis dies in a car crash in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Rear-ended at 80 miles per hour, his car hits a tree, and Lewis is crushed to death.
The Kinks have their first UK No1 with their third single, You Really Got Me, regarded by some experts as the first heavy metal song.
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A blue Aston Martin DB5, reg.no 64MAC, is delivered to Paul McCartney of The Beatles in London, UK. The specially personalised vehicle is fitted with a black leather interior, chrome wire wheels, a Motorola radio and a Philips Auto-Mignon record player.
The Top Ten Records played on WABC Radio, New York City, USA, for the week ended on this date, are as follows :
1. Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison (Monument)
2. Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson And the Cavaliers (Josie)
3. Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann (Ascot)
4. Baby Love - The Supremes [Motown]
5. Dancing In the Street - Martha And The Vandellas (Gordy)
6. A Summer Song - Chad Stuart And Jeremy Clyde (World Artists)
7. Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las (Red Bird)
8. We'll Sing in the Sunshine - Gale Garnett (RCA)
9. Let It Be Me - Betty Everett And Jerry Butler (VeeJay)
10. Have I The Right? - The Honeycombs (Interphon)
The Beach Boys record new backing tracks for Help Me Rhonda, Little Honda and Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring, required for an upcoming appearance on tv's Andy Williams Show in the USA.
While driving home from The Memphian Cinema in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Elvis Presley is stopped by police and given a speeding ticket.
Guinness heir and socialite Tara Browne, a friend of The Beatles, is killed when his car crashes in West London, England, UK, Europe. The coroner's report of his death, in the Daily Mail on January 17, will inspire John Lennon to begin writing the song A Day In The Life.
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Buffalo Springfield play the last of three nights at The Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by The Steve Miller Blues Band and Freedom Highway.
Freedom Highway and Dominic Cummins play the second of two nights at The New Orleans House, Berkeley, California, USA.
The Amboy Dukes (including Ted Nugent) play at The Jaguar Club, St. Charles, Illinois, USA, supported by Aorta.
Jimi Hendrix's guitar is stolen from his Corvette while he is in a clothes store on East 9th Street, New York City, USA. At the Record Plant, Hendrix records Valleys Of Neptune and Hear My Train A'comin'.
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Record producer Phil Spector, having recovered from his recent automobile accident, meets up with Dion in the planning stages of producing an album for the 50s rock'n'roller.
Gary Numan releases a new single, My Car Slides, in the UK.
Stiv Bators of Dead Boys and Lords Of The New Church is hit by a taxi in Paris, France, Europe. He will die in the early hours of the next morning from internal injuries caused by the accident.
Renowned record producer Gus Dudgeon, who worked with Elton John and David Bowie, dies aged 59 when his car swerves off the M4 motorway between Reading and Maidenhead, England, UK, Europe.
Stone Sour release their debut LP, Stone Sour, on Roadrunner Records in the USA.
Stereolab vocalist and guitarist Mary Hansen dies, aged 36, in a cycling accident in London, England, UK, Europe.
R'n'B singer Gerald Levert is arrested in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, on charges of driving under the influence, impeding the flow of traffic, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
A movie re-make of 70s tv show The Dukes Of Hazzard, opens in the USA with pop singer Jessica Simpson in the role of Daisy Duke, and Willie Nelson as Uncle Jesse.
Rapper Cam'ron is arrested in Harlem, New York City, USA, because of outstanding traffic tickets.
Queen Latifah plays live in the car park of Wal-Mart, Seacaucus, New Jersey, USA, as she launches her Curvation Project Confidence Awards.
The Global Gathering 2012 begins at Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, featuring Tinie Tempah, Afrojack, Maverick Sabre, Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Micky Slim, Jochen Miller, Skrillex, Knife Party, Magnetic Man, Boy Better Know, Zane Lowe, Ms Dynamite, DJ Zinc, Tippa Irie, Jaguar Skills, Feed Me, Funtcase, Skepta, P Money [UK], Emalkay, Annie Mac, Fake Blood, Jack Beats, Visionquest, Art Department, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki.
Frank Ocean is arrested on drugs charges after police stop his black BMW for speeding on highway 395 of Mono County, California, USA.
John Lennon's blue Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupe, bought for £6,500 in 1965, sells at auction at Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, England, UK, for £359,900.
Jake Owen begins his Days Of Gold tour at Swiftel Arena, Brookings, South Dakota, USA, supported by Thomas Rhett and The Cadillac Three.
Justin Bieber is a passenger in a car which is involved in an accident in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. Bieber is not at the scene of the accident by the time police arrive.
During their Mechanical Bull Tour, Kings Of Leon play at The Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA. As their bus leaves the venue, a pedestrian steps in front of the bus causing the driver to hit the brakes. Drummer Nathan Followill falls and breaks two ribs, requiring immediate medlical treatment.
Rapper Tyga is arrested after being seen driving a Rolls Royce "in a reckless fashion" in South Central Los Angeles, California, USA, during a video shoot.
On their The Getaway World Tour, The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany, Europe.
A trailer for an edition of the SKY Arts tv show Urban Myths, dealing with Michael Jackson's alleged cross country motor trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, is first shown in the UK. Shortly after, Jackson's daughter Paris tweets "I'm so incredibly offended by it, as I'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit..."
Taylor Swift donates £23,000 via a GoFundMe page to help a UK-based Portuguese student, Vitoria Mario, pay for her courses at Warwick University.
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