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Louis "Bull" Martin, a white bartender at the Dryades Street Market, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, shoots and kills octoroon prostitute Ella Speed in her room on Customhouse Street, with a .38 pistol. The incident will inspire a popular folk tune, Ella Speed, recorded by Leadbelly, Mance Lipscomb and others.
Kenneth George King is born in London, UK. He will find success as singer/songwriter/arranger/tv presenter/entrepreneur Jonathan King before a conviction in 2001 for under-age sex offences sends him to jail for seven years.
The Ralph Sharon Sextet records I'm Beginning To See The Light, Where Or When, Serenade In Blue and April In Paris for Melodisc Records in London, UK.
Bill Haley and His Comets are banned from performing at the Rock And Roll Under The Stars concert in Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. The local authorities claim that, "Rock'n'roll music encourages juvenile delinquency and inspires young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city's beaches."
A Silver Disc is awarded to the single The House of The Rising Sun by The Animals in the UK.
A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles returns to No1 in the Australian pop singles chart, having been briefly deposed by The Animals with House Of The Rising Sun.
After an evening at PJ's club, Sam Cooke is shot dead by the manageress of The Hacienda Motel, Los Angeles, California, USA. It is claimed that he was killed in defense of Elisa Boyer, a Eurasian girl he had picked up earlier that evening, and is alleged to have tried to rape.
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San Francisco Examiner writer Michael Fallon applies the term 'hippie' to the city's counterculture in an article about The Blue Unicorn coffeehouse where LEMAR (Legalize Marijuana) and the Sexual Freedom League meet.
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The Fugs play for a private party in the home of Frank Hoffman in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. According to Fugs member Ed Sanders, their performance was taped for the archives of the local Kinsey Institute.
Diana Rigg makes her first appearance as Emma Peel in British tv series The Avengers. Her stylish, sexy, action-girl character will inspire the 1966 pop song Dearest Emma by The Londonaires, I'm in Love With Mrs. Peel by The Allies, Emma Peel by Garry Entropy and 1995's Miss Emma Peel by Dishwalla.
The Paul McCartney-composed soundtrack LP The Family Way is released on Decca Records in the UK.
In a Sunday Times interview, British pop idol Cliff Richard says, 'I've lived for years with people saying I'm a poof, but I don't give a damn what they say. My best friends know me, and that's all that matters. Even before I became a Christian, I wasn't going to lay chicks just to prove myself.'
The Beatles add overdubs to their song Sexy Sadie in Abbey Road Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
The erotically supercharged Je T'Aime (Moi Non Plus) by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg is released in the UK. The controversial song, originally recorded with movie star and sex-symbol Brigitte Bardot, had also been offered to Marianne Faithfull.
Rod Stewart And The Faces, Black Sabbath and If play at The Fillmore East, New York City, USA.
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The Sex Pistols play at Eric's, Liverpool, UK, supported by The Yachts.
A gig by The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Heartbreakers at the Stadium, Liverpool, UK, is cancelled.
A new disco, Studio 54, opens its doors for the first time on West 54th Street, New York City, USA. Opening night guests at the 700-capacity club include Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and Salvador Dali, and the venue will become notorious for open sexual encounters on its balconies and rampant drug use.
A campaign by anti-gay Christian activist-singer Anita Bryant succeeds in achieving the repeal of an ordinance in Florida, USA, that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, by a margin of 69 to 31 percent.
The Sex Pistols' album Never Mind The Bollocks is removed from British record stores under the 1889 Indecent Advertisements Act.
Glam punk rocker Jayne County opens her British tour at the Music Machine, Camden, London, England, UK, Europe. On her previous North American tour, she was a he – under the name of Wayne County.
TV Evangelist Jimmy Lee Swaggart gives his infamous "I Have Sinned" speech live on tv in the USA, saying, "I have sinned against You, my Lord, and I would ask that Your Precious Blood would wash and cleanse every stain until it is in the seas of God's forgiveness." Although he does not specify his sins, it is clear that he is referring to recent revelations about his frequent use of prostitutes. Later in the year, Ozzy Osbourne will be inspired by this very public confession to write his song Miracle Man.
Kid Rock releases his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast on Jive Records. The album's first single Yo Da Lin In The Valley will be banned by the FCC for its many references to oral sex, and will result in SUNY Cortland Radio (WSUC-FM) receiving the largest non-commercial radio fine up to this time, $23,750.
When Rod Stewart marries New Zealand model Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, he is quoted as saying, "I've found the girl that I want. I won't be putting my banana in anybody's fruit bowl from now on'. The couple will part in 1999.
Sexy MF by Prince peaks at No66 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA. meanwhile, however, despite being banned by all radio stations in the UK, Sexy MF/Strollin' hits No4 on the British Singles chart.
Bowing to public pressure in the wake of child sex allegations against Michael Jackson, Hyundai pulls its sponsorship from his upcoming concerts in Seoul, South Korea.
Mr. John Ellis lodges a Statement Of Complaint against Cardinal George Pell of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia, Oceania. Ellis accuses him (Pell) of having sexually abused a 12-year-old boy (Ellis) at a Roman Catholic youth camp in 1961. The scandal and investigation which follows will inspire Tim Minchin to write his song Come Home (Cardinal Pell).
Michael Jackson and his attorney fly by XtraJet from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, to Santa Barbara, California, where Jackson is arrested on child abuse charges, and then freed on $3m bail. He immediately returns to Las Vegas, where he is filming a video. An unauthorised videotape of Jackson speaking with his attorney on this flight will subsequently be offered for sale to the highest bidder.
During a pre-recorded interview for US tv show 60 Minutes, Michael Jackson claims he has been treated badly while in police custody on child sex charges.
Britney Spears is photographed in public wearing a t-shirt bearing the slogan MILF In Training. In recent days she has also been seen out and about wearing such slogans as I'm A Virgin (but this is an old t-shirt), How Could I Say No? and Shut Up And Do Me. Speculation mounts about why she has chosen to present such messages to the watching world.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, the prosecution opens its case with accusations that Michael Jackson used wine and pornography to seduce a 13-year-old boy. The defense counters that no DNA from the accuser has been found in Jackson's bedroom.
The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California, USA, allows the prosecution to introduce previous allegations against Jackson as evidence, even though the singer was never charged with a crime.
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Controversial model Anna Nicole Smith appears on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She flashes what appear to some fans to be her bare breasts, though Opry officials later insist she was wearing a nude bra.
In court in Santa Maria, California, USA, during the closing days of the Michael Jackson child molestation trial, Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen describes the beleaguered superstar as 'a scheming serial paedophile with a drinking problem who should finally be held responsible for sexually abusing young boys.'
In court in Chicago, Illinois, USA, R. Kelly is ordered to give a deposition in the civil suit filed by Tina Woods who claims that he videotaped her without her knowledge while they were having sex.
After attending a Gay Pride march, George Michael is arrested when he loses control of his Range Rover and crashes into the door of photo store Snappy Snaps in Hampsted, London, England, UK.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange voluntarily attends a police station in England in response to a Swedish police request for questioning in relation to a sexual assault investigation. He is arrested and taken into custody, thus beginning a lengthy fight against extradition to Sweden. Folk band The Portraits will be inspired to write their 2012 song Backyard about the way in which the British Government treated Assange.
It is announced that Cooking Vinyl has recently signed recording deals with Ron Sexsmith, Asian Dub Foundation, Does It Offend You Yeah? and Peter Bjorn and John.
Fall Out Boy and Taylor Swift provide entertainment at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Lexington Avenue Armory, and at the after party at TAO Downtown in New York City, USA.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction announces that he is writing a musical "with a house sensibility" called Kind Heaven. At the same time, he reveals that Jane's Addiction is currently on hiatus.
A new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Lydon (Sex Pistols), Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), is cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales. The show had been set to open in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, in early June.
British Radio DJ Neil 'Dr' Fox is arrested at Magic FM studios in London, England, Europe, in connection with claims that he sexually assaulted two women.
Tim Minchin announces the release of his new song Come Home (Cardinal Pell). Proceeds from the single will go to GoFundMe – Send Ballarat Survivors To Rome, a charity in support of children sexually abused by Cardinal George Pell at a Catholic Youth Camp in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.
Madonna invites a female fan, 17 year-old Josephine Georgiou, to join her on stage during show at The Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania, then pulls down Miss Georgiou's corset top exposing one of her breasts to thousands of fans at the venue. The fan later declares it to have been "the greatest moment of my life".
Singer Halsey reads a moving poem she penned for the occasion at the Women's March in New York City, USA. The march, held on the one-year anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration, had several objectives, including an end to sexual harassment, environmental sustainability, civil rights and the protection of immigrants.
Shantel Jackson, the girlfriend of rapper Nelly, defends him against recent sexual assault allegations in an Instagram post. Jackson states that Nelly could not have sexually assaulted the anonymous women currently accusing him because she was "at those venues, in the dressing rooms, and on that tour bus." (In October 2017, college student Monique Green had claimed that Nelly raped her on his tour bus after a concert in Washington state, and two more women have since claimed they experienced a similar ordeal.
R. Kelly turns himself in to police to face charges of sexual abuse in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
A business partner of Seungri of the K-pop group Big Bang, confesses to police that he supplied prostitutes to potential Japanese investors. Seungri later admits paying the hotel bill but claims he did not know about the prostitutes
Chvrches' singer Lauren Mayberry reveals that she cannot stay in her own home after the band's current tour ends because of rape and death threats from supporters of Chris Brown and Tyga. The Scottish electro-pop trio has been embroiled in an escalating feud with Brown and Tyga, after stating that they were 'upset, confused and disappointed' by their recent collaborator, EDM star Marshmello's decision to work with Chris Brown and Tyga.
It is reported that, having been found guilty of having a mobile phone while in jail for sex offences, shamed former Lost Prophets vocalist Ian Watkins has had his sentence extended.