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The Battle Of The Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand, begins near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory, near what eventually became Crow Agency, Montana, USA. By the end of the following day, combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho people will have defeated the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army and killed their commander, General George Custer. A humourous 1960 re-telling of the conflict, Mr Custer by Larry Verne, presents the battle from the perspective of an unwilling cavalryman, who has had a grim premonition of the battle in a dream. It will reach No1 in the USA.
Notorious outlaw Billy The Kid, aged 21, is shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico Territory, USA. The tales of Billy's life and death will inspire several songs, including Billy The Kid [1944] by Woody Guthrie, Billy The Kid [1959] by Marty Robbins and The Ballad Of Billy The Kid [1976] by Billy Joel.
During the First World War, a British fleet off the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, Europe, begins an almost continuous bombardment of Battleship Hill, which marks the start of what will come to be known as The Gallipoli Campaign. At the same time, British Empire and French forces make amphibious landings on the Gallipoli peninsula. The 2011 song On Battleship Hill by P.J. Harvey, is about this conflict.
Jazz piano pioneer Clarence 'Pine Top' Smith [aka Pinetop Smith] is performing at The Masonic Lodge dance hall in Chicago, Illinois, USA, when a fight breaks out. Shots are fired and Smith is killed by a bullet from the gun of David Bell.
The month-long Battle Of Heartbreak Ridge begins in the Korean War in Yanggu County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, Asia. This bloody conflict will inspire Ernest Tubb to record A Heartsick Soldier On Heartbreak Ridge in the USA. The song tries to capture the feelings of a soldier caught up in the battle.
Trinidadian singer Young Tiger appears on British television singing a calypso-style song, I Was There (at the Coronation), which described in great detail the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, which had taken place earlier in the day. Young Tiger had in fact recorded the song two months earlier based on advance information he had been given about the Coronation. Other songs inspired by Queen Elizabeth II include God Save The Queen (1977) by The Sex Pistols and Her Majesty (1969) by The Beatles.
The Kingston Trio record I Bawled, Corey Corey, All My Sorrows, The Long Black Rifle and The Seine, at Capitol Recording Studios, 46th Street, New York City, USA.
Twangy guitar star Duane Eddy makes his acting debut as Carter Whitney in The Education Of Sara Jane, which is tonight's episode of tv series Have Gun Will Travel, in the USA.
Claude King records Pistol Packin' Papa and Give Me Your Love And I'll Give You Mine, in Bradley Film and Recording Studios, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Notable players on the session include guitarists Grady Martin, Harold Bradley and Gerald Tomlinson, Mother Maybelle Carter on autoharp, Buddy Harman on drums and Floyd Cramer on piano.
The Les Elgart Orchestra plays at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Ken Curtis (aka Festus from the tv series Gunsmoke) records Streets Of Dodge City and In My Home Town, for Capitol Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
After leaving a rehearsal at experimental jazz composer Sun Ra's practice space in Harlem, New York City, USA, poet and recording artist Henry Dumas is shot dead in a nearby subway station by a transit cop.
Led Zeppelin play at the Coliseum, Oakland, California.
Led Zeppelin release a new single, Rock And Roll/Four Sticks, in the USA.
In London, rock journalist Caroline Coon makes Christmas dinner for The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned.
The Sex Pistols' album Never Mind The Bollocks is removed from British record stores under the 1889 Indecent Advertisements Act.
Young Parisians, the debut single by Adam and the Ants, hits the shops in the UK.
Rick James releases a new single, Love Gun, in the UK on Motown Records.
John Lennon scores his first-ever UK No1 single as a solo artist with (Just Like) Starting Over. He had been shot dead in New York City, USA, just twelve days earlier.
Felix Pappalardi of heavy rock band Mountain is shot dead in his apartment in New York City, USA, aged 43, by his wife, Gail Collins.
Texan judge Pat McDowell sentences David Crosby to five years in jail for a 1982 drugs and firearms offence.
Johnny Paycheck is convicted of shooting a man during a misunderstanding in a bar in Hillsboro, Ohio, USA. The man is only grazed by the bullet, and Paycheck will be pardoned after 22 months in prison.
Status Quo enter the UK singles chart with In The Army Now on Vertigo Records which will peak at No2 during a fourteen-week run on the chart.

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Carlton Barrett (Carlie Barrett), drummer for Bob Marley and the Wailers is shot dead by his wife and her lover outside his home in Kingston, Jamaica.
Heading back to Tokyo, Japan, on the Bullet Train after a show in Osaka, Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue become somewhat inebriated. They pour Jack Daniels over the heads of unsuspecting commuters and smear curry all over the walls. As the orgy of idiocy escalates, Nikki Sixx throws a Jack Daniels bottle at Mr. Udo, their Japanese tour promoter. It misses Mr Udo but hits a businessman in the back of the head. On arrival in Tokyo, Riot Squad police arrest Sixx and take him to jail, along with manager Doc McGhee.
The Cult play at Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA, then go on to meet up with members of Guns N'Roses at the Scrap Bar, New York City, USA.
When The Rolling Stones play a second night at The Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, USA, they are joined for one song by Eric Clapton. Earlier in the evening, Axl Rose, singer of support band Guns N' Roses, announces from the stage that the band will be destroyed if certain members of the band can't stop using heroin.
The Rolling Stones play at Stadion Mungersdorf, Cologne, Germany, Europe, supported by Die Toten Hosen and Gun.
When British reggae band Misty In Roots play at Mutare, Zimbabwe, Africa, fans riot and tear down fences to get in to see the band. A car is set on fire, and police shoot at fans trying to set fire to a petrol station. During the riot, one man is reported killed and 39 are injured.
On their Urban Jungle tour, The Rolling Stones play at Estadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain, Europe, supported by Guns N'Roses.
An obsessive fan of The Beatles, Mark Chapman, checks in at the Y.M.C.A. in New York City, USA. He is in the city with the intention of confronting and possibly murdering John Lennon.
Manchester, UK's troubled Hacienda Club re-opens after being closed since early January because of violence. The bouncers are now wearing bullet-proof vests and there are walk through metal detectors on the way in.
Joe Cole, a roadie for Black Flag and Rollins Band, is shot dead during an armed robbery outside his home in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Former Guns N'Roses drummer Steven Adler collects a back-payment check of $2.25m and is granted 15% of the royalties for everything he recorded prior to his departure after suing the band for wrongful dismissal. He claims he was “impaired” when he signed the original contract.
Rapper Tupac Shakur is shot four times in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, while leaving the MGM Grand hotel, after seeing the Mike Tyson vs. Bruce Seldon boxing match, in what is apparently a drive-by shooting.
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan is taken to hospital after being shot in the arm and back while trying to prevent a robbery at his cousin's home in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
Three men, including the rapper Cassidy, fire on three unarmed men during an argument in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Cassidy will, in due course, serve eight months in jail for his part in this incident.
On their Time Machine tour, Rush play at The Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Guns N' Roses play at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Emeli Sande is interviewed on The Culture Show on BBC2 tv in the UK.
Iranian musician Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, attacks the Brooklyn, New York City, USA, home of indie band The Yellow Dogs with a semiautomatic rifle, killing drummer Arash Farazmand and his brother, guitarist Soroush Farazmand, as well as Ali Eskandarian, a charismatic Iranian singer-songwriter and author who often collaborated with the band.
Having spent three and a half years in prison on death row, rapper Boosie Badazz is released early from his eight year sentence, having now been found not guilty of the murder by shooting of 35-year-old Terry Boyd in 2010.
It is reported that an arrest warrant has been issued for Craig L. Schelske, former husband of country music star Sara Evans to whom he owes $333,000 in child support payments. Schelske is also said to have filed for bankruptcy, listing his assets as including 25 chickens, two bags of chicken feed, 60 DVDs, three silver coins, 40 books, a 12-gauge shotgun, a rifle, a hand gun, four vacuum cleaners, a card table, a Ford F-250, a Chevy pickup, a Chevy Tahoe and a Honda 4-wheeler.
During the warm-up dates for their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N' Roses play at The Troubadour, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. This tour features classic line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993. During this show, Axl Rose falls and breaks his foot.
During the warm-up dates for their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at The Empire Polo Club, Indio, California, USA. 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 their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Wolfmother. 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 at Estadio Monumental, Lima, Peru, South America, supported by Area 7. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.