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Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann
intentionally for the first time. Three days earlier, he had accidentally ingested a small amount and experienced strange firghtening delusions and hallucinations. On this day, now known as Bicycle Day
, he deliberately takes another dose before cycling home from his lab. The drug will become powerfully associated with the psychedelic music
of the 1960s.
, hoping to restore some credibility to his drink and drugs damaged career, begins the first of a weekly series of Saturday night tv appearances on the Louisiana Hayride, recorded at the Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, earning $250 a show.
Acclaimed jazz singer Beverley Kenney
commits suicide by consuming a lethal overdose of alcohol and Seconal in her Greenwich Village
apartment in New York City, USA.
headlines a pre-recorded one-hour tv variety show on ABC-tv in the USA, with guests including Tab Hunter. The show includes plugs for a new promotion whereby drugstores are selling haircream plus the new LP Sing Along With Connie Francis
, but his life and career will be blighted by heroin addiction.
Leif Per Nervik is born in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He will find fame as 70s teen pop star
UK tabloid The Sunday Mirror runs a front page story headlined
'Exposing The Drug Menace' which claims that 'nearly 10,000 British
teenagers are buying pep pills and narcotics on the black market.'
The article also identifies two central London clubs, La
Discotheque and The
, as places where drugs regularly change hands.
records Six Days On The Road, Blue Side Of Lonesome, Once A Day, Don't Let Me Cross Over, Strangers and other tracks in Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, Tennessee
, USA. Backing vocals on this session are provided by The Jordanaires
releases his third single, Turquoise, in the UK. The single's b-side, Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) includes the phrase "buy you a sugarcube" - a reference to LSD which, at the time, was often consumed in sugarcubes. On the same day, it is revealed that Donovan's upcoming tour of the USA has been cancelled.
Associated Press in the USA releases a story which indirectly links The Byrds
with psychedelic drugs. The story includes a comment by Byrds member David Crosby
in answer to a question about psychedelic music: 'The only way we could perform [psychedelic music] would be to have all the musicians on LSD! I don't think we've ever managed to play any jobs on LSD.'
enter the UK singles chart with their second single, See Emily Play, which will peak at No6. They also play a gig at Bradford University, Yorkshire, UK.
collapses in the Chevron Hotel, Sydney, Australia, Oceania
, having taken an overdose of barbiturates during filming of the movie Ned Kelly, with boyfriend Mick Jagger
of The Rolling Stones
. She and Jagger were to star in the film, but she is immediately dropped from the cast.
An injunction is granted to Warrick County, Indiana, USA, with the intention of preventing a proposed music festival for 60,000 people at Chandler Raceway Park near Evansville. The injunction will succeed, but the promoters will re-locate the festival to Bull Island on the Wabash River where it will become a disaster of significant proportions known as The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival
of The Rolling Stones
is in Nice, France, to answer drug charges laid against the band by the French authorities. Today, the case is adjourned for a month, so Jagger flies back to London, UK.
is arrested on drug possession charges in Dallas, Texas, USA.
, the wife of Jackson Browne
, commits suicide with an overdose of barbiturates in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. At least two of Browne's subsequent songs, Sleep's Dark And Silent Gate and The Shape Of A Heart, will be inspired by Major. Also, an earlier song, Ready Or Not, was written about how Browne and Major first got together after meeting in The Troubadour club in Los Angeles.
It is announced that Ozzy Osbourne
might soon be leaving Black Sabbath
. Rumours suggest that drug and drink abuse is making him unreliable.
US President Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson
with a Special Achievement Award in a ceremony in the Garden of The White House
, Washington, DC., USA The award recognises the imporatance of Jackson's participation in an advertising campaign aimed at discouraging the youth of America from drinking.
Blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan
and his bass player Tommy Shannon
both enter treatment programs to help overcome their dependencies on drink and drugs.
take part in a 'Wayne's World' sketch on tv show Saturday Night Live in New York City, USA, during which they pertform Monkey On My Back and Janie's Got a Gun.
Calvin Broadus, better known to the world as rapper Snoop Dogg
, is convicted on a narcotics possession charge, for trying to sell cocaine.
For the first time ever Bob Dylan
has to cancel a show for medical reasons. The gig, at Lyon, France, is abandoned because of back pains which he has suffered since 1986. On the same day, down Argentina way, the tranquillity of Guns N' Roses dressing room is rudely shattered when drug squad officers burst in, despite lack of backstage passes. Naturally, no drugs are found.
Actor River Phoenix
plays a gig with his friend, bassist Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers
, at the Johnny Depp
-owned Viper Room
, Los Angeles, California. Late in the evening, Phoenix snorts some Persian Brown (a powerful methamphetamine mixed with opiates) which, in the early hours of the next moprning, will kill him.
With Richey Edwards now checked into a rehab clinic in Cardiff, Wales, UK, suffering nervous exhaustion, Manic Street Preachers
perform at the T In The Park Festival, Strathclyde Park, Scotland, UK, as a trio.
The three male members of UK pop band S Club 7
are arrested in Covent Garden, London, UK, on charges of possessing cannabis.
of Jane's Addiction
spends the fourth of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
RAM Squad rapper John ‘Tommy Hill’ Wilson, recently arrested on cocaine charges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, is refused a lower bail. Prosecutors state that Wilson had maintained several aliases and addresses and also posed a flight risk. Bail remains set at $145,000.
Innovative rock guitarist Robert Quine dies. Depressed by the death of his wife, Alice, he deliberately takes an overdose of heroin at his New York City apartment. Quine worked with Richard Hell
, Lou Reed
, Brian Eno
, Tom Waits
and many others.
Irv 'Gotti' Lorenzo, boss of American record company The Inc, with artists including Ja Rule and Ashanti
, is arrested on money laundering charges relating to drug deals.
A Los Angeles, California, USA, judge dismisses heroin and cocaine possession charges against rock singer Scott Weiland, dating back to 2003. Weiland was formerly the vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots
and is currently with Velvet Revolver
English electronic music producer Andy Hughes
, best-known for his work with The Orb, dies at the Liver Intensive Care Unit at Kings College Hospital in London after a short illness.
is in court in Cheltenham, England, UK, Europe, facing charges of reckless driving and possession of drugs.
pleads gulty in Highbury Magistrates Court, North London, England, UK, to possessing cannabis when he was arrested
in July after crashing his car into a high street shop. Judge Robin McPhee gives Michael a six-month interim driving ban but sentencing is deferred until a later date.
finds himself caught up in the middle of a scuffle while greeting fans outside Macy's department store in Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Police see DJ Darren Partington of 808 State in a hired Ford Fiesta making a drugs handover to two users at Darley Street, Beswick, England, UK. When he is stopped and searched, Partington is found to be carrying sixteen wraps of heroin and eight wraps of crack cocaine. Partington is arrested.