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Seventeen-year-old Allen 'Al' Britt dies of wounds inflicted on him two days earlier by his girlfirend Frankie Baker, a 22-year-old dancer in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Britt's slaying is said to have inspired the jazz and blues classic song Frankie And Johnny
. Britt had been carrying on a relationship with a woman named Alice Pryor. At her trial, Baker will claim that Britt had attacked her with a knife and she merely acted in self-defense. She will be acquitted, eventually dying in 1952 in a Portland, Oregon mental institution.
, also known as Kid Curry, was an American outlaw and gunman who rode with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's infamous Wild Bunch gang during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On this day he shoots himself in the head to avoid capture by law officers near Parachute, Colorado, USA. The song Harvey Logan, recorded in 1963 by Dock Boggs
for Folkways Records will be inspired by the outlaw's exploits.
At the age of twelve, Louis Armstrong
is arrested for disturbing the peace by firing off a pistol while busking on the corner of Rampart and Perdido in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will spend several months in the Colored Waif's Home where he will become leader of the prison's marching band.
is born in Stockton, California, USA. He will find success as a country singer, musician, record producer, music publisher, and radio and TV personality.
Rodger Wilton Young
, attacks a Japanese machine-gun nest on the island of New Georgia in the Solomon islands in Oceania
lying to the east of Papua New Guinea. Young's heroic action helps his platoon to withdraw under enemy fire. His story will inspire the 1945 Frank Loesser song The Ballad Of Rodger Young
, which will become a success in later years with versions by Burl Ives
, Nelson Eddy, Jim Reeves
, The Four Lads
and John Charles Thomas.
US Army Private
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.
Blues pianist Buster Pickens
dies aged 48 - shot dead during an argument in a bar in Houston, Texas, USA. Pickens was best known for his work accompanying Alger "Texas" Alexander and Lightnin' Hopkins
Richard Tapper, 22 year old drummer for Los Angeles-based psychedelic combo T.I.M.E.
(Trust In Men Everywhere) is seriously wounded when two men shoot him three times on his way to a jam at Los Angeles club Thee Experience. (N.B. some reports say Tapper was stabbed, not shot)
Soul/gospel vocalist Darrell Banks
, famed for the million-seller Open The Door To Your Heart, is shot by an off-duty police officer
who has been seeing Banks’ wife. He is declared dead on arrival at New Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Police in London, UK, visit Glitterbest, the offices of Sex Pistols
' manager Malcolm McLaren to investigate a reported break-in.
Terry Kath, guitarist/vocalist of the jazz-rock group Chicago, kills himself in Woodland Hills, California, USA, by accidentally discharging a pistol he is holding to his head in a mock game of Russian roulette.
A riot ensues when the first 2-Tone
Tour, featuring The Specials
, Madness and The Selecter, plays at Hatfield Polytechnic, UK.
50s rock'n'roll star Larry Williams
is found dying of a gunshot wound in his Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA, home. He will die five days later.
On their Against The Wind
Tour, Bob Seger
And The Silver Bullet Band play the first of two nights at Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA.
When he crashes his car into a fence on San Diego Freeway, California, David Crosby
is arrested and charged with possession of drugs, carrying a concealed gun, and driving under the influence of cocaine.
Danny Rapp, leader of 50s rock'n'roll band Danny and the Juniors
, commits suicide in Parker, Arizona, USA, by shooting himself, aged 42.
Country musician and songwriter Al Dexter
, perhaps best-known for his hit Pistol Packin' Mama, dies aged 78 in Lewisville, Texas, USA.
A psychiatric report states that Marvin Gaye
's father had a brain tumour which might have affected his behaviour when he murdered his son a month earlier.
Reverend Clarence LaVaughn Franklin (Aretha Franklin
's father) dies aged 69, five years after being shot during a robbery attempt at his home in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The incident left him in a coma until his death.
pleads guilty in Aiken Circuit Court in South Carolina, USA, to charges of gun possession and resisting arrest. Brown was arrested in May after leading police on a car chase.
Guns N' Roses
play the seventh show in a co-headlining 25-date US tour at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, with Faith No More
as the opening act.
, mother of Sid Vicious, bassist of The Sex Pistols
, commits suicide at home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England, UK.
"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.
The first wave of America's
Rapper Lil' Kim
is convicted in New York City, USA, of lying to a federal grand jury investigating a shooting outside a radio station. Sentencing is deferred until June.
Marion 'Suge' Knight, head of Death Row Records, is shot in the leg at an MTV party, hosted by Kanye West
, in the VIP Room of the Shore Club, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
is shot in the head outside the Beverly Centre shopping mall in Los Angeles, California, USA. He dies soon after at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
and actress Liv Tyler are among the guests attending a private presentation of the Stella McCartney Spring 2012 fashion collection in New York City, USA.
is arrested in Burbank
, California, USA, when police, investigating a report of domestic violence, find him in possession of an unregistered Colt AR-15 Sporter - a military-grade assault rifle.
On their Chinese Democracy tour, Guns N'Roses
begin a South American trek with an appearance at the Cidade Do Rock Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photographer Jeffrey Binion files a compensation lawsuit against Justin Bieber
, claiming that the young singer instructed his bodyguards to attack him while he tried to take photographs outside the Hit Factory recording studio in Miami, Florida, USA. Binion also claims that one of the bodyguards threatened him with a gun.
A Florida, USA, judge sentences Michael Dunn to life imprisonment for the murder of African-American teenager Jordan Davis
. The teenager died when Dunn fired into an SUV in Jacksonville, Florida, during an argument over loud music. The sentence includes an additional ninety years for three convictions of attempted murder and firing a weapon into a vehicle.
A fan is shot outside of a post-gig party being thrown by rapper Ja Rule in Peoria, Illinois, USA.
A mass shooting takes place inside Pulse
, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA. The shooting results in fifty deaths, including the gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen
, who is killed by police after a three-hour standoff. A further 53 people are injured.
During the Latin American leg of their Not In This Lieftime
tour, Guns N'Roses
play at Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile, South America, supported by Wild Parade. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses
line-up members Axl Rose, Slash
and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
Whitehorse release a new LP, Panther In The Dollhouse, on Six Shooter Records.
play the first of two nights at London Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe.