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Police Superintendent David Hennessey is shotgunned to death on Basin Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Hennessey's death will be related in an early blues song, The Downfall Of The Lion, written by Richard 'Rabbit' Brown, but never recorded. All that remains is a verse recalled by guitarist Lemon Nash, who played with Brown in the 1920's: "I'm gonna tell you racketeers, Something you can understand, Don't let your tongues say nothin', That your head can't stand." Hennessey's killing will also provide the basis of another song, The Hennessey Murder.
During the song I Could Love A Million Girls on the opening night of the musical revue Mam'zelle Champagne at Madison Square Garden in New York City, USA, Harry Kendall Thaw, husband of actress Evelyn Nesbit, shoots architect Sanford White three times in the face, killing him. It transpires that Sanford White had had an affair with Miss Nesbit.
After a life of crime including numerous murders, Public Enemy No1 Pretty Boy Floyd is shot dead, aged 30, by police officers in East Liverpool, Ohio, USA. Floyd's life is romanicised in the 1939 Woody Guthrie song Pretty Boy Floyd, which has since been recorded in numerous versions by artists including Bob Dylan and The Byrds.
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 musical comedy Annie Get Your Gun, by Irving Berlin, closes at The Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, at the end of a run of 1,147 performances.
Spike Jones And His Country Cousins record Hotter Than A Pistol, Under The Double Eagle, Hot Lips and Keystone Kapers (Bag Of Rags) at RCA Victor Studio, 1016 North Sycamore Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Piedmont-blues style harmonica player Phil Wiggins is born in Washington DC, USA.
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.
Brian Wilson and Mike Love of The Beach Boys write the song The Warmth Of The Sun at Wilson's recently rented house in Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Thousands of fans besiege the A R Leake Funeral Home in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where the first funeral service for Sam Cooke is being held. 200,000 fans line up across more than four city blocks to view his body. Afterward, his body is flown back to Los Angeles for a second service, at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church the following day.
Lalo Schifrin records his compositions The Cincinnati Kid (Instrumental Version), Dialogue In The Rain, Melba, The Man, Shooter and New Orleans Procession in RCA Recording Studios, Hollywood, California, USA.
British impresario Reg Calvert, manager of The Fortunes and Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, is blown away with a shotgun in the home of Major Oliver Smedley, Wendens Ambo, near Saffron Walden, UK, during a dispute about Radio City, a pirate radio station owned by Calvert. Later in the day Major Smedley is arrested for the killing.
On the day that Martin Luther King is shot dead, Muddy Waters and The Hallucinations play at The Boston Tea Party, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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A friend accidentally shoots Roger Miller in the left hand with an air pistol in his home in Los Angeles, California, USA. It takes 90 minutes for doctors to remove the pellet, delaying a promotional trip to London.
Led Zeppelin play at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.
The album Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin is awarded a US gold disc by the R.I.A.A.
Led Zeppelin play at the Student Refectory, Leeds University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK.
I Shot The Sheriff by Eric Clapton, a cover of a Bob Marley song, is released to radio stations in the USA.
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The Sex Pistols play at The Happy House, University Of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe. At a restaurant after the show, bassist Sid Vicious gets into a fight with a group of local Hell's Angels and is beaten up.
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Dr Feelgood play at Hammersmith Odeon, London, supported by Mink De Ville.
Johnny Thunders Allstars, featuring Steve Jones and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols, play at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band release their eleventh studio LP, Against The Wind, on Capitol Records in the 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.

Texan judge Pat McDowell sentences David Crosby to five years in jail for a 1982 drugs and firearms offence.
Prince works on the 7" edit of the extended version of the Apollonia 6 track Sex Shooter in Studio 3, Sunset Sound, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rick Nelson plays at PJ's Alley, Guntersville, Alabama, USA.
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.
When Great White play at the Reebok Riverstage, Manhattan, New York City, USA, they are joined by Slash of Guns N'Roses for a version of Jumping Jack Flash.
John Sebastian, the owner and general manager of radio station KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, plays Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin for twenty-four hours non-stop to inaugurate the station's format change to Classic Rock. Police arrive at the station twice with guns drawn: once when a listener reports that the DJ has apparently suffered a heart attack, and a second time when it is suspected that, this being during the Gulf War, the station has been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Saddam Hussein, known to be a Zeppelin fan.
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.
The Glastonbury festival in Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, features Manic Street Preachers, Blur, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello, Oasis, Bjork, Orbital, Radiohead, Johnny Cash. Attendance is 105,000, but the event is marred by several drug-related shootings.
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Anne Beverley, mother of Sid Vicious, bassist of The Sex Pistols, commits suicide at home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England, UK.
Former Trammps member Jerry Collins is convicted of attempted murder after having been found guilty of bashing his wife's head into a sink and also pistol-whipping her. He is sentenced to a maximum of 35 years.
The innovative video for Fatboy Slim's Weapon Of Choice, which features charismatic actor Christopher Walken dancing in a hotel, wins six awards at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Oasis, Weezer, Kasabian, Yellowcard, The Others, Black Crowes, Public Enemy, Him, Inme, Bullet For My Valentine, Fightstar, The Las, Teenage Fanclub, Bloc Party, Death Cab For Cutie, Roddy Frame, Eighteen Visions, Alexisonfire and others play at the Summer Sonic Festival in Chiba Marine Stadium, Tokyo, Japan, Asia.
Rapper Waka Flocka is shot in the arm while struggling with robbers at a car wash in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Alabama 3 release a new album, Revolver Soul, in the UK.
Bullet For My Valentine are chosen as Best British Band and Best Live Band at the 17th Kerrang! Awards ceremony at the Old Truman Brewery in London, England, UK.
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.
After night club patron Mark Williams admonishes Johnny Jackson III, aka 'DJ Outlaw,' for not playing his CD during a DJ set at Rockafella's Nightclub, Old National Highway, South Fulton County, Georgia, USA, Jackson shoots him dead in the parking lot with a shotgun.
Born Blonde, Bullet and Second Head play at Shepherd's Bar, Shepherd's Bush, London, UK.
American singer Tito Torbellino is reported to have been shot dead by two gunmen while dining at a restaurant in Ciudad Obregon, in Sonora state, Mexico, North America. Torbellino specialised in a style of music called narco-corridos - a musical genre extolling the glories of the drug trade.
Finch release a new single, Two Guns To The Temple, in the USA.
L.A.Guns play at Trees, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Guns N' Roses are officially announced as headliner of the next Coachella Festival, with KROQ reporting that Slash and Duff McKagan are both rejoining the band.
Keith Emerson, keyboardist with The Nice and Emerson, Lake And Palmer, is found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Monica, California, USA. He suffered for many years with a painful nerve condition, and was thought to have become depressed.
During their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida, 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.
Dub Pistols release their seventh album, Crazy Diamonds, on Sunday Best in the UK.
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During the Second European leg of their Not In This Lieftime tour, Guns N'Roses play at Valle Hovin, Oslo, Norway, Europe. This tour features classic Guns N'Roses line-up members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, playing together for the first time since 1993.
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