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Kimi Iwasaki is born in a village in the foothills of old Shizuoka prefecture, then called Fujimi-mura, (but now in the Shimizu ward of the city of Shizuoka) in Japan, Asia. It was widely believed that she was adopted at the age of three by an American couple. On the assumption that they took her with th em when they returned to to The USA, the song Akai Kutsu (Red Shoes) will be written about her by the poet Ujo Noguchi and the composer Nagayo Motōri. The song will become hugely popular in Japan but, in fact, Kimi Iwasaki never left Japan, because she died of tuberculosis at the age of nine, which she had contracted before her adoptive parents returned home.
The Jimson Brothers, a pseudonym for Frank Luther and Carson Robison, record Left My Gal In The Mountains and Goin' Back To Texas, at Edison Recording Studio, New York City, USA.
Elvis Presley makes his public debut as a singer by winning second prize at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair And Dairy Show in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, with his rendition of Old Shep. Mrs Oleta Bean Grimes, a teacher at Lawhon Grammar School, recommends young Presley's singing to principal J.D.Cole.
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.
Popular pianist Semprini records Too Young for HMV Records in London, UK.
Eight-year-old Gladys Knight wins $2,000 and a gold cup as the winner of the final of the Ted Mack Amateur Hour annual competition on tv in the USA.
Fourteen-year-old Helen Shapiro records her debut single, Please Don't Treat Me Like A Child in EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
Aspiring rock guitarist Jeff Beck leaves Wimbledon School of Art in Wimbledon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Britain's national broadcasting service, the BBC, bans three songs on the Max Bygraves album Nursery Rhymes For Grown-Ups. This act of censorship was occasioned mainly by the track Georgie Porgy, which was felt to have homosexual implications.
Seven-year-old Larry Franklin plays his first fiddle concert. He will become a Nashville studio musician appearing on hits by Shania Twain, Deana Carter, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Gretchen Wilson, among others. He will also play with Asleep At The Wheel for seven years.
Shortly after high school graduation, teenager [and future country music star] Jeannie C. Riley marries her childhood sweetheart Mickey Riley.
The Beach Boys have a recording session in Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the song All Dressed Up For School. It will not be released.
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.
Young Girl by Gary Puckett And The Union Gap reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
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.
Don McLean records American Pie at the Record Plant, New York City, for Mediarts. The song will become a huge hit on United Artists after they buy Mediarts.
Ethan Browne is born in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, to model Phyllis Major and her singer-songwriter husband, Jackson Browne. The song The Only Child on Browne's 1976 album The Pretender is inspired by Ethan, and takes the form of advice from a father to a son.
And The Cradle Will Rock by Van Halen peaks at No55 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
The National Endowment for the Arts, in conjunction with the RIAA, announces its Top Ten songs of the 20th century. At No1 is Judy Garland's rendition of Over The Rainbow. Also making the list: Bing Crosby's White Christmas [No2], Aretha Franklin's Respect [No4], Don McLean's American Pie [No5], and The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling [No9].
Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees buys his childhood home in Keppel Road, Chorlton, Manchester, England, UK, Europe. Gibb says he intends to clean the house up, put a comemmorative plaque on the wall and rent it out.
The prosecution in Michael Jackson’s ongoing child molestation case in Santa Barbara, California, USA, accuses Jackson’s legal team of abusing the judicial process by demanding highly detailed medical records of the alleged victim and his family.
Jury selection in the Michael Jackson child molestation case in California, USA, is delayed for a week because of a death in the family of the pop star's attorney, Thomas Mesereau Jr.
It is announced that actor Corey Feldman has been subpoenaed in the Michael Jackson child molestation case in Santa Maria, California, USA.
The Rev Jesse Jackson makes a public announcement declaring that he believes the jury in the Michael Jackson child molestation case is flawed, because it contains no African-Americans.
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.
Taking the witness stand in California, USA, at the Michael Jackson trial for child sexual abuse, the actor Macaulay Culkin talks of having had a special bond with Jackson when he was younger.
In court in Santa Maria, California, USA, during the closing days of the Michael Jackson child molestation trial, Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen describes the beleaguered superstar as 'a scheming serial paedophile with a drinking problem who should finally be held responsible for sexually abusing young boys.'
Jury deliberations in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Los Angeles, California, USA, continue into a fifth day.
Lemar releases a new single, Don't Give It Up, in the UK.
Nona Paris Lola Jackson, a British woman claiming to be the biological mother of Michael Jackson's three children, has her case thrown out by a Los Angeles Court.
R. Kelly is acquitted on the child pornography charges which have been hanging over him for six years.
Bob Dylan visits John Lennon's childhood home, Mendips, in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Julian Lennon, the son of The Beatles' John Lennon, reveals that his childhood friend Lucy Vodden, who inspired the song title Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, is now battling the painful illness lupus, which causes organ breakdown.
Guardianship of seventeen year old Frances Bean Cobain is awarded to Wendy O'Connor and Kimberly Dawn Cobain, the mother and sister of Frances' late Nirvana frontman father Kurt Cobain. Frances is, by this decision, removed from the custody of Cobain's wife Courtney Love.
While on a week-long charity tour of Malawi, Africa, Madonna lays the first brick symbolising the commencement of the construction of her US$15m Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.
Russian rocker Yury Shevchuk, leader of Russian band DDT, clashes openly with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a charity literary-musical evening for children with cancer and leukemia in St. Petersburg, Russia, Europe.
No Doubt begin an eleven-day charity auction on e-Bay. The band is auctioning off memorabilia from their 2009 tour to raise money for charity: water, Animal Acres, the ALS Association and the Children's Hospital of Orange County.
Phil Collins records an ITV In Concert special at London Television Centre, Upper Ground, London, UK, for transmission in September to coincide with release of his upcoming album, Going Back.
Going Back by Phil Collins reaches No1 in the Official UK albums chart.
At a child-welfare hearing in Arkansas, USA, Judge Lee W. Harrod permits troubled country singer Mindy McCready to keep custody of her son Zander. McCready had recently removed the child from the Florida home of her parents who, she said, were physically abusing him.
It is revealed that Lady Gaga has been chosen as godmother to Elijah, the second adopted son of Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish. Gaga is already godmother to their first child, Zachary.
Ed Sheeran turns up unannounced for the Annual Summer Concert at his former school, Brandeston Hall, Brandeston, Suffolk, England, UK, Europe.
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The childhood home of John Lennon of The Beatles - 9 Newcastle Road, Liverpool, UK - goes up for auction at The Cavern Club, Liverpool.
The childhood home of Johnny Cash at 108 Center Drive, Dyess, Arkansas, USA, is opened to the public for $10 a visit.
Jonathan King is arrested at his home in Bayswater, West London, England, UK, by Surrey Police officers, on suspicion of historical child sex offences linked to the Walton Hop Disco in Walton-on-Thames in the 1970s and 1980s.
Gene Simmons of Kiss posts a message - "Rest In Peace, Dilan Kohn." - on his Twitter feed. Behind those five words lies the fact that some days earlier, Simmons flew to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, to to visit terminally ill Dilan in The Children's Hospital Of Nevada. It was the teenager's last wish. Sadly, he died two days later.
Singer Halsey pledges $1 for every re-tweet of her Twitter message of support for the Planned Parenthood organisation. The message is shared 100,000 times and the 22-year-old donates $100,000 to the organisation.
It is announced in Southwark Crown Court, London, England, UK, Europe, that entertainer and hit-maker Rolf Harris will not give evidence at his second trial for sex offences as he would only be able to tell jurors that he "cannot remember" being at the places where he is alleged to have carried out those offences. Harris is following proceedings at the court via video-link from prison.
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