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US President James Garfield dies, having been shot twice some weeks earlier by lawyer Charles Guiteau in the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The assassin's tale will be told in the song Charles Guiteau, recorded in 1927 by Kelly Harrell.
Joseph Wieser of Brooklyn, New York City, USA, is granted Patent No.US719926A for his invention of a pedal mechanism for self-playing attachments for pianos.
A revival of the musical comedy extravaganza Babes In Toyland opens at Jolson's 59th Street Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, where it will run for 32 performances.
The Colonial Sugar Refinery begins mining blue asbestos at Wittenoom Gorge, Pilbara, Western Australia. In the years since, over 2000 workers and residents of Wittenoom have died from asbestos-related diseases. As a result, operations at Wittenoom have come to be regarded as the worst industrial disaster in Australian history. The 1990 song Blue Sky Mine by Midnight Oil is inspired by the disaster.
Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour are divorced because it is felt that Barbour's serious drinking problems are not good for their daughter.
Bill Haley's contract with Essex Records comes to an end, enabling him to sign with Decca.
Chuck Berry is convicted by a jury in the United States District Court, St Louis, Missouri, of transporting a 14-year-old Indian girl from El Paso, Texas, USA, to St. Louis, Missouri, for immoral purposes. Sentence is deferred by Judge George H. Moore until March 18.
Nancy Sinatra marries actor/rock'n'roll vocalist Tommy Sands.
Trumpeter, violinist and singer Ray Nance of The Duke Ellington band begins a sixty-day jail sentence in Paul County Jail, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, following his arrest in February on drugs charges.
John Phillips marries Michelle Gilliam in Rockville, Maryland, USA, with Scott McKenzie as a witness. Their wedding reception is held at The Shadows Club, Georgetown, Washington, DC, USA, where Phillips' group The Journeymen is playing. Phillips and Gilliam will later form The Mamas And The Papas.
When The Four Pennies arrive to play a one-nighter gig in Altringham, UK, they find that the gig has been cancelled because, according to a local police spokesman, "We didn't have enough reinforcements."
Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island, South Africa, for the crime of sabotage. The charge sheet at his trial listed 193 acts of sabotage in total. Inspired by Nelson Mandela's life and his plight, The Special AKA will release a single, Free Nelson Mandela, in 1984 on 2 Tone Records in the UK. The song will peak at No9 in the UK singles chart, and is widely credited with having helped achieve Mandela's release from prison.
Deejay Tony Blackburn makes his debut on the UK pirate station Radio Caroline, moored off Felixstowe, England.
Jazz and blues saxophonist Sax Mallard posts an indefinite contract with The Profile Club, Chicago, Illinois, USA, on the Local 208 musicians' union list.
London-based band The Spectres sign a five-year deal with Piccadilly Records. They will release release two singles in 1966, I (Who Have Nothing) and Hurdy Gurdy Man (written by Alan Lancaster), and one in 1967, We Ain't Got Nothing Yet, but all three will sink without trace. The band will achieve greater success after a name change to Status Quo.
Two members of Country Joe And The Fish's touring band, Mark Ryan and Charles Loring IV, are fined $100 each and given suspended 6-month sentences Keene, New Hampshire, USA, after pleading guilty to being present where marijuana was found. The fines relate to Ryan and Loring having been arrested some time earlier for possession of marijuana before a show at Franklin Pierce College Field House, Rindge, New Hampshire. Country Joe, Barry Melton and Bill Belmont were charged with being in the vicinity of the others.
Actress Sharon Tate and several guests are murdered by members of the Manson Family in her home at 10050 Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, California, USA. Charles Manson, who orchestrated these and other killings, will be sentenced to death in 1971 but his sentence will be reduced to life in prison a year later. Manson's crimes will form the subject matter for many songs including Revolution Blues by Neil Young, Charlie Manson Blues by The Flaming Lips, Bloodbath In Paradise by Ozzy Osbourne, ATWA by System Of A Down, and Sadie by Alkaline Trio.
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Jimi Hendrix receives a letter from Alan Douglas stating that he can no longer continue as Hendrix's record producer.
After spending a night in jail, Jimi Hendrix goes on trial in Canada, for his 1968 drug possession charges, before Judge Joseph Kelly in Court Room No. 15, Court House, University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
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Jimi Hendrix instructs his lawyer, Henry Steingarten, to re-establish him as half-owner in Electric Lady Recording Studio, New York City, USA. Later, at The Record Plant, Hendrix records Honey Bed and Night Bird Flying.
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The contract to design and build Spacelab 1 - a re-useable science laboratory for space flights - is given by the European Space Agency (ESA) to a consortium of companies from eight European countries under the leadership of the German space company ERNO Raumfahrttechnik in Bremen. Kraftwerk's 1978 song Spacelab is a celebration of this major technical step forward. Spacelab will first be launched successfully in 1983 from Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida, USA, aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Police are called in when three hundred ZZ Top fans go on the rampage in San Francisco, California, USA, because they cannot get tickets for the band's upcoming show.
When Spandau Ballet play at The Blitz Club, Great Queen Street, London, UK, they are seen by Chris Blackwell of Island Records who offers them a recording contract on the spot.
Before a concert in Denver, Colorado, USA, Taylor Swift attends a meet-n-greet during which KYGO radio presenter David Mueller gropes her bottom. Mueller will lose his job because of the incident and will, unsuccessfully, sue Swift for $3m, blaming her for his loss of employment.
A jury in The Old Bailey, London, England, UK, Europe, hears that in February 1984 UK pop impressario Don Arden punched and kicked a former business partner, Harshad Patel, and held him prisoner for 24 hours, because Patel owed him money.
Assault charges against Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses are dropped when he and a neighbour he allegedly hit with a wine bottle agree to try to avoid each other.
The Artist (better known as Prince) celebrates "Freedom Day" at Paisley Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, to celebrate his release from his Warner Brothers Records contract.
R. Kelly issues yet another public denial that he is not the man who appears in the pornographic videotapes which have embroiled him in a major sex scandal.
Percy Miller, aka Master P, label boss of No Limit Records, and his younger brother Silkk The Shocker (real name Vyshonn Miller), are arrested on gun charges when their car is pulled over by police outside UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Pete Doherty, troubled former frontman of The Libertines, appears at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in London, UK, on charges of robbery and blackmail. Unable to raise bail money, Doherty is set to spend the weekend in jail.
Danny Tourette, lead singer of British band Towers Of London, appears at a hearing in the Cambridge Magistrates Court, Cambridge, UK, charged with criminal damage at a recent gig in the city. A trial date is set.
In Santa Maria, Los Angeles, California, USA, Michael Jackson is cleared of all charges laid against him in his child molestation trial.
R'n'B vocalist Gerald Levert is fined $2,000 and placed on probation for one year after pleading guilty in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA, to charges of assault and attempted obstruction of official business arising from a confrontation with police during a traffic stop five months earlier.
Rapper DMX is arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges after attempting to barricade himself inside his home in Cave Creek, Arizona, USA.
LAPD officers arrest Marlo "Bow Wow" Jones, a contract worker for the anti-gang organization Unite One, in connection with the assault and robbery perpetrated four days earlier on Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Bizzy Bone, at the Universal Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
When Michael Jackson's will is made public, it is learned that he has left all of his estate to his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, and his mother Katherine.
It is reported that Wyclef Jean will appeal against the decision to deny him the opportunity to run for President of Haiti.
Having only recently passed his driving test, Ozzy Osbourne crashes his brand new Ferrari into the back of another car [driven by a lawyer] in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ed Townshend, singer and songwriter of the 1957 hit For Your Love, sues the R'n'B group K-Ci and JoJo, claiming that they have used his song in their recent hit Just For Your Love.
Agents for the federal government in the USA execute four search warrants on The Gibson Guitar company's facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The agents seize several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. Gibson has to cease its manufacturing operations and send workers home for the day, while armed agents execute the search warrants. The search is undertaken because the Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal. If the same wood from the same tree had been finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.
Rapper Cory Gunz is arrested in the Bronx, New York, USA, when police find him in possession of a loaded unregistered Taurus .9mm handgun.
The Mountain Goats play at The 40 Watt Club, Athens, Georgia, USA.
A temporary restraining order against Britney Spears is lodged - allegedly - in the District Court of Tampa, Florida, USA by Christopher Federline, brother of Spears' ex-husband Kevin Federline. The legal action is reported to claim, among other things, that Christopher Federline slept with Britney while she was married to his brother and he is thus the biological father of her son Sean Preston.
An application for the UK trademark for 'Pussy Riot' is submitted by OOO Kinokompania Web-Bio, a film production company set up and run by Natalia Kharitonova, the wife of the band's former attorney Mark Feygin. If the band itself does not contest the trademark application within three months, the right to market lingerie, beachwear and other clothing, along with miscellaneous media devices branded with the band's name will be owned by their former attorney's wife.
Rapper Gucci Mane is released [again] on bail from prison in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where he was incarcerated for assaulting a man in an Atlanta nightclub with a bottle, and also for a parole violation.
Rapper Eve marries Maximillion Cooper in a ceremony held at Blue Marlin on Cala Jondal Beach, Ibiza, Spain, Europe.
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.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Justin Bieber negotiate a plea deal in his Miami, Florida, USA, driving under the influence case. The deal requires Bieber to make a $50,000 donation to the "Our Kids" charity, get twelve hours of private anger-management counseling and attend a program that teaches about the impact of drunken driving on victims. In exchange, the judge accepts Beiber’s guilty plea to misdemeanor counts of careless driving and resisting arrest. He is thus able to avoid a jail sentence.
Disgraced glam-rock star Gary Glitter is sentenced to sixteen years in jail, by Southwark Crown Court, London , UK, for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls.
New evidence is discussed in a status hearing relating to the case in which Kesha is taking legal action against her Kemosabe label boss, Dr. Luke.