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'Stag' Lee Shelton, a black pimp, shoots William 'Billy' Lyons dead in Bill Curtis Saloon, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, allegedly in a dispute over Stag's stetson hat. The incident will be enshrined in the blues song Stagger Lee aka Stack-A-Lee, or Stagolee, which will be recorded by over 400 singers.
Thirteen songs by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir are acoustically recorded for the Columbia Phonograph Company of New York on a wax-disc cylinder.
McKenzie and Condon's Chicagoans record China Boy and Sugar, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Okeh Records. Notable players include guitarist Eddie Condon and drummer Gene Krupa.
At the end of a massive manhunt, fugitive Albert Johnson, known as The Mad Trapper Of Rat River, is shot dead by a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the banks of The Eagle River, Yukon, Canada. During the manhunt, Johnson had killed one officer and wounded another. The hunt for Johnson will inspire several songs, including The Capture Of Albert Johnson by Wilf Carter [aka Montana Slim]; The Mad Trapper Of Rat River [1961] by Stanley G Triggs, and Rat River Trapper [1974] by Doug Hutton.
The Benny Goodman Trio records Where Or When for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
The Ink Spots record Brown Gal and Pork Chops And Gravy, for Decca Records.
Over 350 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes launch a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, killing 2,402 people and wounding a further 1,282. The attack will lead directly to the American entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. Numerous patriotic songs will be inspired by this attack, notably Remember Pearl Harbour, a major hit for bandleader Sammy Kaye. Country music singer and songwriter Carson Robison recorded two; Remember Pearl Harbour [a different song with the same title] and We're Gonna Have To Slap The Dirty Little Jap, while bluesman Pete 'Doctor' Clayton released Pearl Harbour Blues.
The Imperial Japanese Navy launches a surprise military strike against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA. The attack will lead to the United States' entry into World War II, and it will also inspire the 1942 Frank Loesser song Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition. (More specifically, the inspiration came from an apocryphal tale about a chaplain at Pearl Harbour who manned a gun turret while uttering what would become the song's title phrase).
Cliffie Stone and His Square Dance Band record Virginia Reel, American Patrol, Shot Gun Boogie and Moonwinks in Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jackie Wilson, recovering from a shooting incident on 15 February, is discharged from hospital. The bullet, judged inoperable, remains in his abdomen.
Jackie Wilson is shot in the chest by Juanita Jones, a "deranged female fan" who has broken into his New York City, USA, apartment.
Ray Charles and His Orchestra play at The National Guard Armory, Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA. During the show, a soldier is shot dead by a rival on the dance floor.
Country-gospel singing star Ira Louvin of The Louvin Brothers is shot six times by his wife Faye, at his home near Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She tells police that he was beating her, reportedly declaring, "if the bastard don't die I'll shoot him again!" A 'lunacy warrant' is issued and she is arrested.
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joe Maini Jr shoots himself in the head while playing Russian Roulette at a friend's home in Los Angeles, California, USA. He will die the following day.
The Animals spend the night in Centennial, near Laramie, Wyoming, USA.
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One Tin Soldier by The Original Caste reaches No1 in the Canadian singles chart.
Ringo by Lorne Greene reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA, making him only the second Canadian to top the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. Paul Anka was the first.
Yet another Dick Clark-promoted Caravan of Stars sets off across America, this one featuring Tom Jones, Peter And Gordon, The Shirelles, The Drifters, The Turtles, Brian Hyland, Billy Joe Royal, Mel Carter and The Jive Five.
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As riots spread in the aftermath of Martin Luther King's Assassination, James Brown plays a concert at the Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, which is broadcast live on tv, a strategy reckoned to have reduced the amount of rioting in that city.
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Gun play at the Alex Disco in The Alexandra Rooms, New Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Crazed hippy cult leader Charles Manson - who has close ties with members of The Beach Boys - is arrested at Barker Ranch in Death Valley, California, USA. and charged with grand theft auto.
The album The Clones Of Dr Funkenstein by Parliament is certified as a gold disc in the USA by the RIAA.
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band release their eleventh studio LP, Against The Wind, on Capitol Records in the USA.
John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, pleads insanity in court in New York City, USA.
Police officer Daniel Faulkner and journalist/cab driver Mumia Abu-Jamal are involved in an altercation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, during which both are shot. Faulkner dies at the scene, while Abu-Jamal is hospitalised, and later found guilty of murder. The verdict is widely disputed and will inspire the songs The Murder Of Daniel Faulkner by Hurtsmile, and Free Mumia by KRS-One.

Rick Nelson plays at PJ's Alley, Guntersville, Alabama, USA.
Following a fight in a bar, Wilson Pickett is found guilty by a court in New Jersey, USA, of possessing a shotgun with intent to endanger life.
Guns N'Roses release the album G N'R Lies.
Guns N'Roses is awarded a triple-platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for sales of the hit album G N'R Lies.
Bullet Lavolta, Babes in Toyland and Charlie Don't Surf play at The First Avenue And 7th Street Entry club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the city police lodge a protest against a new Bruce Springsteen song, American Skin, inspired by the 1999 police slaying of unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo.
The first wave of America's "shock and awe" bombing campaign hits Baghdad, Iraq, Western Asia, and the northern Iraqi cities of Mosul and Kirkuk. Pentagon officials stated that the campaign would send 1,500 bombs and missiles over Iraq in the first 24 hours. Deaths are estimated at 6,616. Shock And Awe by Neil Young, Shock And Awe by Teenage Fanclub and Dreaming Of Paris by Van Dyke Parks are among the many songs reflecting on the shock and awe campaign.
A member of the audience storms the stage and fires a gun during a gig by rapper Nas at Brixton Academy, London, England, UK, Europe. The show is stopped.
Millionaire businessman Christian Tarantino is arrested in New York City, USA, on charges of orchestrating three murders, including that of Vincent Gargiulo, the brother-in-law of Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider. Gargiulo was shot in the head in August 2003 at Broadway and West 30th Street. According to court papers, Gargiulo and Tarantino, had had a falling out over a gym business in which they were partners.
Rapper Brikk of the duo Pinney Woods is shot dead in an armed robbery by three intruders at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.
Rapper Renetta 'Magnolia Shorty' Lowe is found shot dead in a car which has crashed into the gates of an apartments complex in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Mike Starr, the original bassist in Alice In Chains, is arrested on drug possession charges in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
In court in Burbank, California, USA, rapper Tone-Loc pleads not guilty at Burbank Superior Court, Burbank, California, USA, after being charged with possessing an assault weapon and domestic violence.
It is reported that jailed record producer Phil Spector has asked the US Supreme Court to review his 2009 murder conviction on the grounds that he was not given a fair trial.
Zemfira plays at The Circus, Helsinki, Finland, Europe.
A coroner's report reveals that rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose's recent death was self-inflicted. The report, from the office of the County Coroner in San Mateo, California, USA, states that Montrose died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was more than four times over the legal alcohol limit when he ended his life and was thought to be depressed about his battle with cancer.
Bob Welch, a former singer, guitarist and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On the North American leg of her World Tour 2012, Madonna plays at The Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA. During the show, she dedicates a song to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani child activist shot in the head and neck one day earlier by a masked member of the Taliban.
The book Predators: The CIA's Drone War on al Qaeda by Brian Glyn Williams is published by Potomac Books in the USA and UK. When Matt Bellamy of Muse reads this book, he will be inspired to write the songs for the band's concept album Drones.
When Chris Brown attends a progress report hearing with Judge James R. Brandlin of Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, his probation is revoked by the magistrate, because of his recent appearance at The Fiesta nightclub in San Jose, California, where five people were shot and injured. The decision means that Brown could potentially return to jail.
Guns N'Roses begin their Not In This Lieftime tour, with a show at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, USA, supported by Alice In Chains. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
During the Latin American leg of their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play the first of two nights at River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, supported by Airbag. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
During the European leg of their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at Hanover Fairground, Hanover, Germany, Europe, supported by Killing Joke and Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
Reggae star Buju Banton is released from McRae Correctional Institute, Georgia, USA, after serving a seven-year sentence imposed on him at the end of his trial in 2011 for drugs and guns charges.