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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.
Harvey Logan, 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.
Cliffie Stone is born in Stockton, California, USA. He will find success as a country singer, musician, record producer, music publisher, and radio and TV personality.
Gertrude Lawrence is recorded in His Majesty's Theatre, London, UK, singing the George Gershwin song Someone To Watch Over Me.
US Army Private 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.
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.
Frankie Avalon, John D. Loudermilk and the Royal Teens are the guests on US tv show Dick Clark's Saturday Night.
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.
Bob Dylan releases his second album, Freewheelin', in the USA on Columbia Records.
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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.
The Sex Pistols are in Wessex Studio, London, UK, recording the single version of Anarchy In the UK with Pink Floyd/Roxy Music producer Chris Thomas
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.
Queen play the second of two nights at New Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK.
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.
Abba complete recording of their seventh album Super Trouper, at Polar Music Studios, Sweden, Europe.
Mark Chapman, an obsessively deranged fan of The Beatles, pays his first visit to the Dakota building in New York City, USA, where he begins to stake out his intended murder victim, John Lennon.
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.

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.
James Brown 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.
Returning from France, Europe, Guns N'Roses singer Axl Rose disembarks from Concorde at JFK Airport, New York, USA, and is immediately arrested because of a riot he incited a year earlier at Riverport Performing Arts Centre in St. Louis, Missouri.
Guns N' Roses and Metallica 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.
Anne Beverley, mother of Sid Vicious, bassist of The Sex Pistols, commits suicide at home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England, UK.
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.
Velvet Revolver and The Datsuns play at The SECC, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
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.
Rapper Dolla 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.
Peter Lopez, the lawyer who represented music business clients including Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Buble, is found dead at his home in Encino, California, USA, apparently having committed suicide by shooting himself. Lopez was married to the actress Catherine Bach.
Bono of U2 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.
Rapper Tone-Loc 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.
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Rammstein begin the second leg of their Made In Germany tour with a show at The TUI Arena, Hanover, Germany, Europe.
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.
Rapper Trick Daddy is arrested on multiple felony drug and weapons charges, among others, in Broward County, Florida, USA.
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.
Guns N'Roses play the first of two nights at London Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe.