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a five-day-old baby in a suitcase
, evidently having been thrown from a passing train. Helms and his wife foster the child, and name him William Moses Gould Helms. Within a few months, The Rev. J.T. Barton will be inspired to write the song Ballad Of The Iron Mountain Baby
, telling the story of the child. It will become a popular folk song and a new treatment of the story, entitled Sarah Jane And The Iron Mountain Baby, will be released in 2013 on the LP Love Has Come For You
by Steve Martin And Edie Brickell.
While out walking along the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway (later the Missouri Pacific Railroad) where it crosses Big River outside of Irondale (Washington County, Missouri), William Helms finds
records That Silver-haired Daddy Of Mine, Whoopee-Ti-Yi-Yo, Cowboy's Dream, they Cut Down the Old Pine Tree and Little Rosewood Casket, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad is born in the village of Bjørkåsen, in Ballangen near Narvik, Norway, Europe, to a Norwegian mother, Synni Lyngstad, and a German father, Alfred Haase, a sergeant in the Wehrmacht, not long after the end of the Second World War during the German occupation of Norway. She will grow up as one of thousands of children known as Tyskerbarnas (or German children), the result of a bizarre Nazi experiment to 'enrich' the Aryan gene pool
. Anni-Frid will find fame as a member of Abba
Seventh grade student Buddy Holly
scores a B in his Social Studies test at Hutchinson Junior High, Lubbock, Texas, USA.
Babysitter Boogie by Ralf Bendix reaches No1 in the German Popular Singles Chart in Germany, Europe.
On The Edge
, a 'radio ballad
' about teenagers in England and Scotland, created using music by Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger, has its first broadcast on the BBC Home Service in the UK.
It is announced that 26-year-old bass guitarist Alan Longmuir
is leaving teen sensations The Bay City Rollers
on the grounds that he is considered too old to remain in the band. He will return to the group in 1978.
The album The Wall by Pink Floyd
earns a platinum disc in the USA.
Paul Hardcastle begins five weeks at No1 in the UK with 19
, one of the first hit singles to make extensive use of computer sampling technology.
Jon Bon Jovi
marries his childhood sweetheart Dorothy Hurley on the steps of Graceland Chapel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Sting and Trudie Styler become the parents of a girl, Eliot Pauline.
's childhood home, the Zimmerman house in Hibbing, Minnesota, USA, is sold to an un-named buyer for an undisclosed amount.
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.
Cardinal George Pell
of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia, Oceania
. Ellis accuses him (Pell) of having sexually abused a 12-year-old boy (Ellis) at a Roman Catholic youth camp in 1961. The scandal and investigation which follows will inspire Tim Minchin
to write his song Come Home (Cardinal Pell)
Mr. John Ellis lodges a Statement Of Complaint against
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.
It is announced that actor Corey Feldman has been subpoenaed in the Michael Jackson
child molestation case in Santa Maria, California, USA.
arrives forty minutes late at his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA, claiming that back pain has delayed him.
Antonio Cantu, chief of forensics for the US Secret Service, testifies in Michael Jackson
's child molestation trial in Sanata Maria, California, USA. Cantu says it is possible that fingerprints from Jackson's accuser, found on an adult magazine, could have degraded in the year it took police to test the magazine. He says it would have been preferable for the tests to have been done immediately.
The Rev Jesse Jackson, spiritual advisor to Michael Jackson
, tells reporters outside the Santa Maria, California, USA, courthouse where Jackson's child molestation trial has been heard, that the star is 'anxiously awaiting' the jury’s verdict, but is also 'amazingly optimistic'.
The fifth instalment of Madonna
's series of children's books, Lotsa de Casha, is published in the UK.
It is announced that all of Bob Dylan
's international royalties from his forthcoming album, Christmas In The Heart
, will be donated to the World Food Programme and Crisis UK in perpetuity. Over the next Christmas period, Dylan's donations will provide 500,000 meals to school children in the developing world and 15,000 meals to homeless people in the United Kingdom through Crisis.
During a break in her rehersals for the closing FIFA World Cup
cermony, Shakira meets girls from three different African nations on behalf of the 1GOAL Education For All
campaign in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Country artist Scotty McCreery graduates from Garner High School in North Carolina, USA.
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'.
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.
It is announced that Billy Joel
has pledged $1m to help prevent Long Island High School For The Arts from closing, on condition that the education authorities commit to keeping it open for three years.