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German immigrant Emile Berliner
applies for a patent in Washington, D.C. for his new sound-reproduction apparatus, the gramophone
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.
Prince makes his second New York City appearance, playing the second of two nights at the Bottom Line
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.
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.
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.
's Bad World Tour plays the second of two nights at The Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
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.
attends a 'City Of Hope' Gala honouring Tommy Mottola, President of CBS' Record Division.
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.
performs Gett Off at the eighth annual MTV Video Music Awards, held at Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
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.
During his 20Ten Tour
plays at the Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe.
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.
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.