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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.
On Christmas Day, for reasons never conclusively established, sharecropper Charlie Lawson murders his wife and six of his seven children
at their farm on Brook Cove Road in Germanton, North Carolina, USA, before shooting himself in the woods nearby. This terrible tragedy will inspire the 1930 song The Murder Of The Lawson Family by The Carolina Buddies
The Carolina Buddies record The Murder Of The Lawson Family
and In A Cottage By The Sea for Columbia Records
in New York City, USA. The first of these songs is inspired by a gruesome mass murder which took place on Christmas Day 1929 in North Carolina.
, accompanied by the Ray Noble
Orchestra, records Mademoiselle and How Could We Be Wrong?, in London, UK, for HMV Records.
After an intense, hours-long gun-battle with FBI agents who have surrounded her house at 13250 East Highway C-25
, Ocklawaha, Florida, USA, gang leader Ma Barker
is shot dead. She will be immortalised in song by Boney M
's 1977 hit single Ma Baker
- in which her name is slightly modified to make it easier to sing.
The Dramatic Druids play at The Gun Tavern, Croydon, England, UK.
, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich, Gun, Soft Machine
and more play at The Barbecue, Earlham Park, Norwich, England, UK, Europe.
Sid Vicious former bassist of The Sex Pistols
, attempts suicide in the bathroom of the Hotel Seville, Madison Avenue, New York City, by slitting his wrists.
Scottish punk band The Rezillos
play their final live gig, at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland. The show is recorded and will be released as the live album Mission Accomplished But The Beat Goes On.
Teenage schoolgirl Brenda Spencer
shoots dead eleven of her schoolmates at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California, USA. Asked why, she tells police "I don't like Mondays
." Six months later, her statement will be used as the title of a Boomtown Rats
' UK No1 single based on the horrific events of this day.
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.
The album Nine Tonight by Bob Seger
And The Silver Bullet Band is certified both gold and platinum by the R.I.A.A.
in the 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.
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue
is in bed with his lover Vanity at his home in Los Angeles, California, USA, when he hears voices and people moving around in his bathroom. He starts shouting and fires a .357 several times through the bathroom door. Vanity barricades herself into another room until Nikki finally realizes what he heard was just the radio. Sixx then shoots the rest of the gun's rounds into his JBL speakers.
begins taunting members of the audience during his show at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA. Violence breaks out, fifty shots are fired, three people have to be treated for gunshot wounds, one for stab wounds and one is run over by a car outside.
DJ Jam Master Jay [real name Jason Mizell] of Run DMC, is shot dead in his Jamaica, Queens, New York, USA, recording studio, aged 37.
"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
, Bullet For My Valentine and The Black Maria play at The Zodiac, Oxford, England, UK, Europe.
The Live8 Concert
in Hyde Park, London, England, UK, (and several other cities worldwide), features artists including Pink Floyd
, Elton John
, Annie Lennox
, Muse, Razorlight
, Scissor Sisters
, Paul McCartney
, Joss Stone, Stereophonics, Sting, Robbie Williams
, Stevie Wonder
, R.E.M., The Cure
, Velvet Revolver
, Bob Geldof
, The Killers
and Snow Patrol
Country music singer and songwriter Billy Joe Shaver
is indicted on felony charges by a grand jury in McLennan County, Texas, USA. The indictment relates to a 2007 charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after Shaver had shot Billy Bryant Coker
, in the face with a handgun, during a confrontation outside Papa Joe's Texas Saloon in Lorena.
It is reported that Insane Clown Posse fan John Antonelli is seeking at least $50,000 in damages in a lawsuit filed in the Cass County District Court, North Dakota, because of an injury sustained at their June 2007 concert in North Dakota.
The Sex Pistols
launch their own brand perfume
in the USA. The product is described as "the spirit
of punk in a bottle". The publicity for the perfume claims that, "Sex Pistols
fragrance is inspired by anarchy and chaos, as the ideologies of the bend that made a revolution in UK in the 70s, spreading to the international music scene."
After Lil Wayne
is driven to a Bloomington, Indiana, USA, nightclub in a car with flashing red and blue lights and sirens, he is escorted inside by two security guards dressed in police-style uniforms
with gun belts. Later, the guards, Ronald Andre Harrod and Larry Lee Richardson, are questioned by local police and face charges of impersonating police officers.
Not In This Lieftime
tour, Guns N'Roses
play the second of two nights at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Cult. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses
line-up members Axl Rose, Slash
and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993. Also, at this gig, the band is joined by drummer Steven Adler who plays on two songs.
play at London Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe.