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German immigrant Emile Berliner applies for a patent in Washington, D.C. for his new sound-reproduction apparatus, the gramophone.
O'Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers is born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
American soul and blues guitarist Charles 'Skip' Pitts is born in Washington DC, USA. He will become best known for his distinctive 'wah-wah' style, prominently featured on Isaac Hayes' title track from the 1971 movie Shaft, but he is also widely considered one of the architects of soul, R'n'B and funk guitar.
Isaac Hayes spends the first of three days recording his debut LP, Presenting Isaac Hayes, at Stax Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
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Grand Funk Railroad play the first of two nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Humble Pie.
Curtis Mayfield appears on the cover of Jet magazine in the USA, with the headline Curtis Mayfield's Super Fly Music Makes $20m.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the twelfth of fifteen nights at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The Jackson 5, including Michael Jackson, play the first of fifteen nights at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Prince makes his second New York City appearance, playing the second of two nights at the Bottom Line.
Michael Jackson's Thriller video, which cost over $1m to make, is premiered at the Metro Theater [now the Majestic Crest Theatre], Westwood, California, USA.
The Jacksons hold a press conference at Tavern On The Green, Central Park, New York City, USA, to announce their upcoming Victory Tour, sponsored by Pepsi.
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Earth Wind And Fire drummer Ralph Johnson becomes the daddy of a son, Mark Anthony Johnson, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Millie Jackson plays at Night Out, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Pop Life by Prince peaks at No7 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
The three surviving members of The Beatles, along with John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, sue Nike for using The Beatles' song Revolution in TV commercials. Nike authorized the song through the group's American label, Capitol, and Michael Jackson, who owns the publishing. Nike doesn't back down and continues running the ads, which angers many Beatles fans but sells a lot of sneakers. The suit is later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
When police enter Sly Stone's house to arrest him for non-payment of child support, they find him 'incoherent and violent'. As a result, he is charged with cocaine possession for the second time in this year.
Michael Jackson's Bad World Tour plays the second of two nights at The Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Michael Jackson receives a special award from Wembley Stadium, London, UK, for setting a new record for playing more dates at the venue than any other artist. His seven sell-out concerts were attended by 504,000 people, earning him another entry in The Guinness Book Of World Records.
On his first All Starr Band tour, Ringo Starr plays the second of two nights at The Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey, USA. The band includes Billy Preston, Dr. John, Joe Walsh, Levon Helm, Jim Keltner, Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons and Rick Danko.
Janet Jackson begins her Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour at The Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, USA.
On her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour, Janet Jackson plays at The Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Michael Jackson attends a 'City Of Hope' Gala honouring Tommy Mottola, President of CBS' Record Division.
Prince performs at the opening night of the Rock In Rio II festival in Maracana soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America, before an estimated crowd of 60,000.
Michael Jackson signs a $60m contract renewal with Sony Music.
Prince performs Gett Off at the eighth annual MTV Video Music Awards, held at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at the Singapore National Stadium, Singapore, Asia.
Compilation LP The Hits 2 by Prince peaks at UK No5 and US No54.
Sony Music release a statement in support of Michael Jackson who is currently mired in child sex allegations. The statement says, "Michael Jackson's unique position as a world-class artist and humanitarian is as important to Sony Music as to the tens of millions around the globe who have been touched by his art and faith."
Compilation The Hits/The B Sides by Prince is certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Purple Medley by Prince peaks at No33 in the UK Singles Chart.
Dinner With Delores by Prince peaks at No36 in the UK pop singles chart during a two-week chart stay.
Kiki Fournier, a former housekeeper for Michael Jackson, testifies in Santa Maria, California, USA, during Jackson's child molestation trial that children were allowed to run wild at his Neverland ranch without adult supervision. She also states that she had seen Jackson at the dinner table with children who appeared intoxicated, but she had never seen Jackson give alcohol to a minor.
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.
Donald A. Fair is sentenced to life in prison for the fatal stabbing of Terry Knight, former manager of Grand Funk Railroad. Knight had been attempting to prevent an argument between his daughter and her boyfriend, Fair, over his use of methamphetamine. Fair had claimed he was high on the drug when the stabbing took place, in an attempt to mitigate his sentence.
The four day long Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington, ends with performances by Iggy And The Stooges, Michael Franti And Spearhead, The Decemberists, Ted Leo / Pharmacists, Dashboard Confessional, Okkervil River, Aqueduct, Brazilian Girls, Earlimart, Sonny Landreth and Buckwheat Zydeco.
It is reported that Michael Jackson intends to visit the African state of Rwanda next year to undertake charity work.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play the first of two nights at The MEN Arena, Manchester, UK.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at the T In The Park Festival, Balado, Kinross, Scotland, UK.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play at The 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The Black Eyed Peas perform The Time [Dirty Bit] and The Little Drummer Boy on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
During his 20Ten Tour, Prince plays at the Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The Roseland Ballroom, New York City, USA.
On his Doowops And Hooligans tour Bruno Mars plays at The Arena Anhembi, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America.
Roland Bautista, who played rhythm guitar for Earth Wind And Fire, Tom Waits, The Jackson 5, Ramsey Lewis, Randy Crawford and George Duke, dies of natural causes in the USA.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction announces that he is writing a musical "with a house sensibility" called Kind Heaven. At the same time, he reveals that Jane's Addiction is currently on hiatus.
Avant-jazz/funk percussionist and vibraphonist Mike Dillon hosts a post-Bayou Boogaloo party at Chickie Wah Wah, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Daria And The Hip Drops are also on the bill.
Lenny Kravitz begins a European tour, in support of his album Strut, with a show at Crocus City Hall, Moscow, Russia.
It is reported that a commemorative plate, on sale for £25 on the online marketplace Etsy, features a picture of red-haired pop star Ed Sheeran, instead of Prince Harry, along with Meghan Markle, to mark the royal wedding at Windsor Castle in May. The substitution is assumed to have been a mistake.