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Wilbert Rich, who had raped eleven-year old Eleanora Gough, later known to the world as Billie Holiday, is sentenced to three months in a House Of Correction.
Ziggy Elman, trumpeter in groups led by Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, marries his girlfriend Blanche.
In court in New Philadelphia, Ohio, USA, a disc recording made by a woman dying after having been badly beaten, is permitted by the judge as evidence. The jury hears the woman, in short feeble gasps, accusing her husband of having administered the beating which led to her death.
The MGM musical Annie Get Your Gun, starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel, is copyrighted by Loew's Inc.
Popular vocalist and recording artist Ginny Simms marries 33-year-old millionaire oilman, Robert Calhoun, at The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Joy Beverly of hugely successful British all-female singing trio The Beverley Sisters, marries Wolverhampton Wanderers and England football captain Billy Wright at Poole Register Office, Poole, England, UK.
Having been stolen in Derby, England, UK, Europe, the day before, a Sunbeam Alpine motor car, owned by UK pop idol Cliff Richard, is recovered 300 miles away in Dundee, Scotland.
Influential Sun Records' recording artist Rosco Gordon - he is said to have inspired ska music - marries Barbara Kerr in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
Dennis and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys sign a seven year contract with Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
A performance contract is drawn up between Jersey based concert promoter Les De La Mare and The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein for The Beatles to play four dates at the Springfield Ballroom, Jersey, UK, Europe, during August 1963. For their efforts The Beatles will receive £1000.
Kenny Rogers marries his third wife, Margo Gladys Anderson, in Houston, Texas, USA.
Jimmy Mack by Martha And The Vandellas reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA. The song was inspired by the recent death of songwriter Ronnie Mack, best known for his song He's So Fine, a huge hit for The Chiffons in 1963, and later the subject of a celebrated plagiarism lawsuit in which it was ruled that George Harrison of The Beatles had unconsciously used Ronnie Mack's melody for his 1971 song My Sweet Lord.
Jimi Hendrix, charged with violent behaviour while drunk, attends court in Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe.
Florence Ballard, a former member of The Supremes, is married to Thomas Chapman in a civil ceremony with no guests in Hawaii, USA.
During a meeting between The Beatles and their accountant/manager Allen Klein at Apple Records, London, England, UK, Europe, John Lennon says, "I want a divorce, just like the divorce I had from Cyn. I mean the group is over. I'm leaving." Tactfully, though, he agrees to keep his feelings private for the time being.
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Jim Morrison of The Doors, wanted on public obscenity charges, turns himself in to the authorities in Dade County, Florida, USA. He is bailed and almost immediately released.
Jimmy Ruffin, Jackie Lomax, Nanette, Peter Sarstedt, Sacha Distel andSue And Sunny appear live on UK tv show Top Of The Pops.
Powerful promoter Bill Graham offers Bruce Springsteen's group Steel Mill a $1,000 recording contract after they make a three song demo at his Fillmore Recording Studio in San Francisco, California, USA. They turn it down.
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Elvis Presley signs a new seven year contract with RCA Records and a new management deal with Col Tom Parker, agreeing a 50-50 split on income earned from recordings.
Brian May, guitarist of Queen, marries singer Christine Mullen at St. Osmund's Roman Catholic Church in Barnes, London, UK.
Five gold discs awarded to the Jimi Hendrix Experience are stolen from Electric Ladyland Studios, New York City, USA.
Duran Duran sign their first recording contract, with EMI Records in London, England, UK, Europe.
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Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship marries Sara Kendrick in San Francisco, California, USA.
The Police begin their Synchronicty tour with the first of two nights at The Nippon Budokan, Toikyo, Japan.
Fania Records sues Ruben Blades, hoping to recover $95,000 of what the label considers to be over-payments.
Doc McGhee, manager of Motley Crue and Bon Jovi, is convicted of smuggling 40,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States from South America. He is given a $15,000 fine and a five-year suspended prison term.
Steven Adler, drummer of Guns N'Roses, signs an agreement requiring him to quit the band in the next month.
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.
It is reported that Harvard junior, Benjamin Dattner, is planning to sue Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block. Dattner claims that Wahlberg assaulted him on Delta Airlines flight bound for Atlanta, Georgia, USA, earlier in the month.
Prince announces that he has changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, apparently as a protest against the unfairness of his record company contract. Before long, he will be commonly referred to as TAFKAP - an acronym standing for The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.
The death certificate for Kurt Cobain of Nirvana states the cause of his death to have been "Contact perforating shotgun wound to head (mouth)".
When he is found asleep in his car with a joint still burning in the ashtray, country outlaw Willie Nelson is arrested on drugs charges in Hewitt, Texas, USA.
Suede enter the UK singles chart with We Are The Pigs, which will peak at No18 during a three-week run.
Prince reportedly signs an agreement letting Warners release his controversial LP The Black Album.
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan is arrested for failing to keep up with child support payments to his wife and their three children. Subsequently released on $4,500 bail, Ol' Dirty returns home to discover that his wife has filed for divorce.
George Harrison, former guitarist of The Beatles, is released from hospital in north London, England, UK, Europe, after recovering from stab wounds suffered when an intruder broke into his Henley-on-Thames mansion two days earlier.
In a British newspaper interview, Rod Stewart calls for marriage vows to be changed to bring them into line with modern times. His specific suggestions include the notion that marriage vows should be renewed annually and that their wording should be simplified to be more like a dog licence.
Adam Ant is arrested at The Prince Of Wales pub, Kentish Town, London, England, UK, Europe, after he pulls a pistol on the doorman.
While out celebrating his 42nd birthday, country singer Doug Supernaw is arrested for having attacked five police officers during a scuffle outside a bar in Brenham, Texas, USA. He is held on an $11,150 bond on charges of assault, public intoxication and resisting arrest.
Supreme Court Judge Lawrence W. Crispo dismisses a lawsuit in the USA, accusing rap star Snoop Doggy Dogg of including a message left on his answering machine without permission in a song.
Big Kenny Alphin, of Big And Rich, marries wardrobe stylist Christiev Carothers on a mountaintop in Deadwood, South Dakota, USA.
George Strait plays at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, with Dierks Bentley as his opening act. In the audience is Cassie Black, a former schoolmate of Bentley's. The pair will fall in love and marry before the year is out.
It is reported that Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is being sued for $10m by his ex-girlfriend, Robin Mantooth, who claims that he broke a promise to provide financial support for her if they broke up.
Twenty-five historically-significant music recordings are added to the 2006 National Recording Registry at the US Library Of Congress. These include singles such as Black Bottom Stomp by Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers [1926], Wildwood Flower by The Carter Family [1928], Pony Blues by Charley Patton [1929], Peace in the Valley by Red Foley and the Sunshine Boys [1951], Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins [1955], Be My Baby by The Ronettes [1963], We Shall Overcome by Pete Seege [1963], [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones [1965] and A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke [1965]. The additions also include complete albums such as The Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground [1967], The Eighty-Six Years of Eubie Blake by Eubie Blake [1969], Burnin' by The Wailers including Bob Marley [1973], Live in Japan by Sarah Vaughan [1973] and Graceland by Paul Simon [1986]. This brings the number of recordings named in the registry to 225.
A helicopter belonging to Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is ordered to land at Los Angeles' Van Nuys airport after reports claim it is flying erratically. Lee, who is not at the controls, is told to land after Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) alert airport officials.
Three men, Sifiso Mlanga, Julius Xowa and Mbuti Mabe, are found guilty of the murder of South African reggae star Lucky Dube, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Amelle Berrabah of The Sugababes is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, in her £300,000 Mercedes in Camden Street, north London, UK.
Cooking Vinyl Records announces that it has signed Marilyn Manson to a global record deal which includes the luanching of Manson's own label, Hell etc, in a joint venture with Cooking Vinyl.
Newark police announce that six square blocks around the New Hope Baptist Church, where Whitney Houston began singing as a child, will be cordoned off during her upcoming funeral and that fans will not be allowed in. Newark police director Samuel DeMaio advises fans to stay home to watch the funeral, which is to be broadcast on TV and streamed online.
A lawsuit alleging 'false advertising' is launched against Kanye West, Jay Z and his company Tidal by law firm Edelson PC, acting on behalf of California resident Justin Baker-Rhett.