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Twenty-eight migrant farm workers die when the plane in which they are being deported back to Mexico, crashes at Los Gatos Canyon, 20 miles west of Coalinga, California, USA. When Woody Guthrie reads a newspaper report of their deaths, he will be struck by the fact that none of the Mexicans are named, although the crew of the plane are. Guthrie is then inspired to write his song Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos).
Recent announcements in astrophysics are reportedly provoking responses from music business executives, bemused about what it might mean if man does actually land on the moon by 1960 and other planets before 1975. Publisher Rocco Vocco, of Bregman, Vocco And Conn, speculates in Billboard magazine that, "It takes 36 years to get to Aldebaran, and a song published by us today would be in the public domain by the time it reached there. Our firm cannot afford to have the entire Milky Way singing our songs for free. Something must be done."
Popular Irish singing star Ruby Murray flies out of Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England, UK, early in the morning on the first lap of a four-week tour to entertain service personnel in the Middle East, Malta and North Africa.
Frank Sinatra starts recording a new travel-themed album, Come Fly With Me, at Capitol Tower, Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA, with Billy May And His Orchestra. At this session he records On The Road To Mandalay, Let's Get Away From It All and Isle Of Capri.
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper play their last live show on the Winter Dance Party tour at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa. They will all die when the plane carrying them to their next gig crashes near Clear Lake.
During a European visit, Connie Francis flies from Berlin, Garmany, to London, England, UK, Europe.
Ray Charles lands at Orly Airport, Paris, France, Europe, where he will play a live show at L'Olympia.
A crowd of 150 people jeer at Frank Sinatra in Paya Lebar International Airport, Singapore, Asia, after his plane touches down from Australia. The crowd is angered because they have waited over two hours for Sinatra to land at the airport, but he ignores th em and immediately drives off in a waiting saloon car to The Sea View Hotel.
Jazz saxophonist Bill Barron records the Leonard Bernstein/Steven Sondheim compositions Maria, Something's Coming and Jet Song, in Gotham Studios, New York City for Dauntless Records.
Top American folk trio Peter, Paul And Mary fly in to London, UK.
Paul Anka and songwriter Sammy Cahn fly from Berlin, Germany, Europe, via Frankfurt to Milan, Italy. While there, Anka is presented with an Italian Gold Disc for the song Ogni Volta on a local TV show.
After a funeral service in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, the body of country singing star Jim Reeves is returned to Panola County just before dusk, to be buried in a site that will become his memorial.
On the same day that The Beach Boys make their debut on tv show Shindig! in the USA, performing their Christmas song Little Saint Nick, their leader Brian Wilson suffers a nervous breakdown aboard a plane headed for a concert at The Music Hall, Houston, Texas, USA.
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The Rolling Stones fly to Los Angeles, California, USA, for recording sessions, to work on The Last Time and Play With Fire in RCA Studios, with Phil Spector and Jack Nitzsche.
A crowd of 3,000 are waiting at Sydney Airport, Australia, when The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Dionne Warwick and Rolf Harris arrive for a tour.
Tom Jones and his manager, Gordon Mills, fly from London, England, UK, to New York City, USA, where Jones is shortly to make his debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Judy Garland flies back home from a disastrous concert engagement in Cincinatti to Los Angeles, California, USA, where she checks into UCLA Medical Center to withdraw from medication she has been taking.
The Beatles fly from Rome, Italy, to Nice, France, during a European tour. Some of the day is spent relaxing on the yacht of tour promoter Felix Marouani.
The Byrds arrive in London, UK, on Flight 770 from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Paul McCartney of The Beatles and his girlfriend Jane Asher spend the evening with members of The Byrds in The Scotch of St. James nightclub. The visit will inspire their 1966 hit single Eight Miles High, which includes lines such as "Eight Miles High and when you touch down, You'll find that it's stranger than known", and "Rain grey town, known for its sound, in places Small Faces unbound."
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Ben E. King flies into the UK for live dates and promotional appearances.
Bob Dylan is working on the songs Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window, I Wanna Be Your Lover and Jet Pilot in Columbia studio A, New York City, USA.
The Royal Guardsmen perform Snoopy vs. The Red Baron in a specially-filmed sequence on the tv special Fabulous Funnies in the USA. The Monkees-like film of the band had been shot some weeks earlier at an airfield in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience fly to Zurich, Switzerland, Europe, taking along journalist Keith Altham.
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Amen Corner release a new single, High In The Sky, in the UK, Europe.
The Troggs fly out of London, England, UK, Europe, to begin a tour of the USA.
The Beatles, minus Ringo Starr who quit the previous day, are in EMI Studio 2, Abbey Road, London, England, UK, Europe, completing the Paul McCartney composition Back In The USSR.
Bob Dylan arrives at Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK, Europe, to play at The Isle Of Wight Festival.
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From New York City, USA, Jimi Hendrix phones his former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham in London, England, UK, Europe, to tell her he is returning to London.
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Elvis Presley spends $750,000 purchasing a former Delta Airlines Convair jet, which he re-names Lisa Marie. The plane's cost includes extensive renovations such as gold bathroom fixtures, a queen-size bed, a full audio-visual system, and Elvis' TCB logo on the tail.
To wish John Lennon a happy 40th birthday, his wife Yoko Ono hires an aeroplane to write Happy Birthday in the sky above their home in The Dakota Building, New York City, USA.
Aboard CAA Flight 1301 to Canton, China, Wham! trumpet player Raul De Oliviera suffers a breakdown and tries to stab himself with a pen-knife, but is restrained by minders.
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Tredegar play at the USAF Base, Fairford, England, UK, Europe.
Andy Chapin, keyboardist with Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, is killed in the same Texas plane crash which kills Nelson. Chapin had also played keyboards for a later version of Steppenwolf.
Clifford Blandford Townshend dies aged 70. He had found success as an English jazz musician, noted for playing saxophone in The Royal Air Force Dance Orchestra, more popularly known as The Squadronaires. His son, Pete Townshend, became leader of 60s pop/rock group The Who.
Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in a helicopter crash in East Troy, Wisconsin, USA, aged 35.
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A series of four co-ordinated suicide attacks on the USA, usually referred to as The 9/11 Attacks, take place in New York City and Washington, D.C. Terrorists from the Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda hijack four passenger jets and deliberately crash two of them, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Another plane, American Airlines Flight 77, is crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers attempt to take control before it can reach its intended target in Washington, D.C. Nearly 3,000 people die in the attacks. Several songs will be written about the attacks including The Rising by Bruce Springsteen, Let's Roll by Neil Youn, Wall Street by Van Dyke Parks and This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag by Charlie Daniels. The track 9-11-01 by Soulfly consists of one minute of silence. Several songs on Trouble Is Real, the debut LP by Johnathan Rice, are about the attacks, including City On Fire, Put Me In Your Holy War, and Salvation Day.
Slipknot postpone tours of the UK, Japan and Australia, citing the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York as a reason for not flying.
Having earned all of the necessary qualifications, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson begins a new job as an airline pilot.
Whitney Houston begins vomiting as a result of food poisoning, on a flight bound for Paris, France, Europe. She receives treatment in the airport on landing, and is taken to a hospital.
U2 play the first of four non-consecutive nights at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, supported by Dahsboard Confessional.
On their The E.N.D. World Tour, The Black Eyed Peas play the second of two nights at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
During her Loud Tour, Rihanna plays at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Rihanna plays the third night of her 777 tour, [seven gigs in seven cities over seven days, transported on a Boeing 777] at Berns, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Elton John plays at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
British Grime pioneer MC Wiley is refused entry into Canada and flown back to the UK. He was due to play a gig at The Hoxton, Toronto, Ontario.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Cure play at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
On her Live 2016 Tour, Adele plays the third of four nights at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On their The Getaway World Tour The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA, supported by Jack Irons.
On their This House Is Not For Sale tour, Bon Jovi play at The Air Canada Cenrtre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.