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When Sousa And His Band play in Poughkeepsie, New York State, USA, Sousa is hoping that his daughter, Jane Priscilla, who attends nearby Vassar College, will attend the show. Unfortunately, Vassar's lady principal has banned students from attending the theatre.
Blues vocalist and guitarist Smokey Hogg records I Want My Baby For Christmas and Going Back To Texas, for Specialty Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Too Young by Nat King Cole on Capitol Records reaches No1 in The Billboard magazine chart in the USA. It will remain at No1 for five weeks.
The term "The Beat Generation" is first seen in print in a feature by John Clellon Holmes in the New York Times magazine. The term will come to be the defining phrase by which the hip youth and creative individuals of the 1950s will come to be known.
James Marshall Hendrix [later to become Jimi Hendrix] leaves Leschi Elementary School in Seattle, Washington, USA, because his father Al can no longer pay for their house at 2603 26th Avenue. They move to 1436 29th Avenue.
Pop idol Fabian undertakes a guest spot on CBS-tv show Candid Camera in the USA, during which he narrates an item showing the behaviour of teenage boys.
Aspiring rock guitarist Jeff Beck leaves Wimbledon School of Art in Wimbledon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Lightnin' Hopkins records Once Was A Gambler, Going Back To Baden-Baden and Jesus Won't You Come By Here in Houston, Texas, USA, for Arhoolie Records.
Teen dance craze The Twist is banned by Bishop Burke of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York, USA, who decrees that it must not be danced, sung about or listened to at any Catholic school, parish or youth organisation.
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The headmaster of Clark's Grammar School, Guildford, England, UK, Europe, rules that boys with Beatles-styled haircuts will be sent home.
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The Beach Boys have a recording session in Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the tracks When I Grow Up and She Knows Me Too Well.
The Beach Boys are in Western Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, adding vocals to the backing tracks for When I Grow Up (To Be A Man).
When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) by The Beach Boys enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA at No34.
Rod Stewart releases his first single, a version of the blues classic Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, on Decca Records in the UK. It fails to chart.
The Nat Adderley Octet records Never Say Yes, Work Song and Little Boy With The Sad Eyes, for Atlantic Records in New York City, USA.
The Hopkins Brothers, one of whom is Lightnin' Hopkins, record Matchbox Blues, Home With Mama and Going Back To Baden-Baden, for Arhoolie Records in Houston, Texas, USA.
The Who release a new single, My Generation, in the UK.
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Roy Drusky, with Jerry Kennedy as producer, records Big Sweet From Boston, You'd Better Sit Down Kids and Let's Put Our World Back Together, in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The single Young Girl by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap is awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Beatles' animated film, Yellow Submarine, goes on general release in the UK, Europe.
Jazz pianist Steve Kuhn records The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Baubles Bangles And Beads, and other tracks in Paris, France, for his album Childhood Is Forever.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson spend the first of two days recording a tv special, entitled Goin' Back to Indiana.
The album The Wall by Pink Floyd earns a platinum disc in the USA.
Johnny Marr of The Smiths marries his childhood sweetheart Angela Brown in a low-key ceremony in San Francisco, California, USA.
On their Misplaced Childhood tour, Marillion play at the Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany, Europe.
Conor Clapton, the four-year-old son of guitarist and singer Eric Clapton, falls to his death from a 53rd-story window in Galleria Condominiums, an apartment block in Manhattan, New York City, USA. The boy was staying in the apartment block with his mother, the actress Lori Del Santo. Clapton will write the song Tears In Heaven, in memory of Conor.
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Former Beach Boys' leader Brian Wilson, is sued by his mother Audree over claims in his autobiography, Wouldn't It Be Nice, that she was a drunk and an unfit mother.
Gregory, the recently-born son of Prince and his wife Mayte, dies at the Children’s Health Care Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, because of severe birth defects (skeletal abnormalities). Gregory was a little over one week old.
In a USA Today interview, The Artist (aka Prince ) speaks about his recently born child, Gregory. According to media reports, Gregory was born with allegedly severe birth defects, on October 16th at Children’s Health Care Hospital in Minneapolis, and died a week later. Prince says, "Mayte and I decided it’s cool to talk about ourselves but not about our children. There is a rumour out that my baby died. My skin is so thick now. I care much more about my child than about what anyone writes or says." He also previews his forthcoming album, Emancipation, with a live midnight concert from Paisley Park, beamed around the world via satellite.
Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees buys his childhood home in Manchester, UK.
Michael Jackson and his attorney fly by XtraJet from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, to Santa Barbara, California, where Jackson is arrested on child abuse charges, and then freed on $3m bail. He immediately returns to Las Vegas, where he is filming a video. An unauthorised videotape of Jackson speaking with his attorney on this flight will subsequently be offered for sale to the highest bidder.
In court in California, USA, for yet another hearing, Michael Jackson's lawyer insists that Michael is innocent of all charges relating to child molestation.
During Michael Jackson's trial on child abuse charges in Santa Maria, California, a former security guard at Jackson's Neverland Ranch gives testimony. The guard states that a notice was once posted in the ranch's guard station stating that Jackson's young accuser should not be allowed to leave the ranch, but adds that such notices were not unusual and meant that the children in question should not be allowed to leave without permission from their parents or supervisors.
A family court judge gives Bobby Brown two days to prove he has the means to fund educational trusts for two children he had with Kim Ward. Brown has been failing to pay child support to his offspring.
Disgraced British glam rock star Gary Glitter is charged with child molestation in Vietnam. If convicted, he faces twelve years in jail.
R. Kelly is acquitted on the child pornography charges which have been hanging over him for six years.
Rock star Bryan Ferry's son, Otis Ferry, a student at Marlborough College, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe, is given a one year conditional discharge at Gloucester Crown Court in Cirencester after admitting that he put a hunt monitor in fear during an incident in the Cotswolds 18 months earlier.
Katherine Jackson is officially named the permanent guardian of Michael Jackson's children at a hearing in which she also drops her appeal to gain control of her superstar son's estate.
Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Miranda Cosgrove appear live at The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards on the Nell and John Wooden Court of Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
While in Soweto, South Africa, to perform at the opening of the FIFA World Cup, Shakira visits Isu'lihle Primary School to meet local children and speak about the lack of decent education for children around the world. Shakira is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.
It is reported that Kiss has been dropped from the line-up of an upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert in Cardiff, Wales. The decision was taken in the light of objections from fans and the singer's estate regarding bassist Gene Simmons' remarks stating that he believed the late singer had molested children.
Former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett resigns from his position as Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth for the Australian Labor Party. His announcement starts rumours that he might now re-form the band.
Eight plain-clothes police officers, arrive in five unmarked cars and search a house belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in Sunningdale, Berkshire, England, UK, Europe, following allegations of sexual abuse during the 1980s of a boy aged under sixteen.
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It is revealed that Britney Spears is taking maths lessons in order to help her sons, Sean and Jayden, with their school homework.
It is reported that convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has written a song while in jail criticising his victims and describing them in insulting terms. The lawyers for his victims have now called for Harris to be denied parole.
It is reported that entertainer and pop hitmaker Rolf Harris has been given the job of creating a mural in Stafford Jail, Stafford, England, UK, where he is serving a sentence for indecently assaulting young girls. The job has angered other prisoners who feel Harris is receiving 'special treatment'.
Speaking at a press conference in New York City, USA, Sir Elton John announces that he plans to retire from touring, after his next tour (Farewell Yellow Brick Road), in order to spend more time with his children, Zachary and Eiljah, and with his husband David Furnish.
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