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Henry W. Armstrong is born in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA. He will find success as a Boxer, booking agent, producer, singer, pianist and Tin Pan Alley composer. His biggest hit will be Sweet Adeline, written in 1903 with Richard H. Gerard, but also his 1905 song Nellie Dean will become hugely popular in the UK as the signature song of music hall singer Gertie Gitana.
The Metropolitan Orchestra records Bunch O' Blackberries, Mandalay, A Trip Through Dixie, The Gay Golf Girl and other tracks for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Musical comedy The Toreador opens at The Gaiety Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe, where it will run for 675 performances.
Young boxer Cassius Clay wins the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal in Rome, Italy, Europe. Immediately afterwards, he turns professional and goes on to become the most successful and best-loved boxer of his generation, changing his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after joining the Nation of Islam. His career will inspire many songs, including Bob Dylan's 1964 composition I Shall be Free No.10, Black Superman by Johnny Wakelin And The Kinshasa Band in 1975 and Muhammad Ali by Faithless in 2001.
Cab Calloway performs during the intermission at the Harlem Globetrotters - College All Americans contest at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Surfin' Safari by The Beach Boys enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA at No30.
Cassius Clay and Sam Cooke are seen on UK tv sports show Grandstand, being interviewed by presenter David Coleman.
When The Rolling Stones play in the Panathinaikos Football Stadium, Alexandras Avenue, Athens, Greece, Europe, the event ends in a police-inspired riot. Mick Jagger throws some carnations in the air, so the police decide this is "an action of political significance" and begin beating up crew members and arresting fans.
Davy Jones of The Monkees begins a brief ski-ing holiday in Switzerland, Europe.
Status Quo play at The Rowing Club, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
A whole new meaning is given to the words jazz and blues when Jerry Lee Lewis, Traffic, Jeff Beck, Deep Purple, The Herd, Marmalade, Ten Years After, Tyrannosaurus Rex, The Incredible String Band, Al Stewart, Joe Cocker, The Nice, Taste, John Mayall and Jethro Tull appear among the major attractions at the 8th National Jazz, Pop Ballads And Blues Festival, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury, England, UK, Europe.
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Quicksilver Messenger Service plays at Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Backfield In Motion by Mel And Tim is certified as a gold disc in the US by the R.I.A.A.
On their Get Me A Ladder Tour, Emerson, Lake And Palmer play at The Palais De Sport, Lyon, France, Europe.
Brother Bones, a whistling and bone playing recording artist, dies aged 71, in Long Beach, California, USA. His 1949 recording of Sweet Georgia Brown, became internationally famous after being adopted as the theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team in 1952.
Bob Dylan, The Band and Neil Young are the surprise live guests at promoter Bill Graham's SNACK benefit in Kazar Stadium, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA. The event raises cash to fund sports activities in local schools. Other acts on the bill include The Grateful Dead, The Miracles, Jefferson Starship, Carlos Santana, The Doobie Brothers, Joan Baez, Mimi Farina, Graham Central Station and Tower Of Power.
During a round of golf near Madrid, Spain, Europe, Bing Crosby suffers a heart attack, collapses and dies soon after, aged 74.
Paul Simon and Peter Frampton are in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, to watch the opening game of the season for The Philadelphia Fury, a soccer team which they co-own with Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, Peter Wolf and James Taylor.
Jan And Dean release a new single, Sidewalk Surfin', on Liberty Records in the USA.
Jay Osmond of The Osmonds practices football with friends at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.
On their Eliminator tour, ZZ Top play at The palais des Sports, Grenoble, France, Europe.
R.E.M. and The dBs play in USF Soccer Stadium, University Of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA.
Jon Bon Jovi issues an official apology for his recent observation that American football team the New York Giants were, "a bunch of sun-tanned faggots in LA."
Tina Turner begins her Foreign Affair World Tour with the first of two nights in The Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe.
On her Foreign Affair World Tour, Tina Turner plays the second of two nights at The Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe.
On their Hot In The Shade tour, Kiss play at The Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia, to an audience of 40,000.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, to an audience of 65,000.
Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan is arrested in Lynnhaven, Virginia, USA, for shoplifting Nike trainers from a Sneaker Stadium store.
Iron Maiden play at The Palais Des Sports, Mulhouse, France, Europe.
Posh Spice Victoria Adams gives boyfriend David Beckham a £220,000 silver Ferrari 550 Maranello as a Christmas present, to add to his Range Rover, Jaguar XK8, Bentley Arnage and Porsche Carrerra 911S.
Avril Lavigne plays at Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest, Hungary, Europe.
Sir Cliff Richard watches Pironkova play Zvonareva in the Womens' Tennis Singles at Wimbledon, London, England, UK.
Britney Spears celebrates her 30th birthday by going ice-skating in Houston, Texas, USA.
Madonna announces that her second Hard Candy Fitness Center has been opened, near Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
Muse carry the Olympic torch through their hometown of Teignmouth, Devon, UK.
Paul McCartney, Mike Oldfield, Dizzee Rascal, Arctic Monkeys, Emeli Sande and others perform live in the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, London, England, UK. It is later revealed that all of the live acts were paid £1 each for their perfomances. They had all agreed to play for free, but the £1 fee was necessary to validate their contracts.
Morrissey, writing on fan blog True To You, slams the London 2012 Olympics because of its "blustering jingoism", and declares that modern Britain has become as swept up in propaganda as Nazi Germany.
Rihanna attends a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs the American National Anthem before a game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Neil Young And Crazy Horse play at The Sporting Club, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Europe.
The Strokes, HAIM, Blood Brothers, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Darkside, Jamie xx, Built To Spill, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, The Murder City Devils and MacDeMarco play at the FYF Fest, LA Sports Arena And Exposition park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell announces via an advertisement in The Times of London, UK, newspaper that she is engaged to be married to Formula One Team Principal, Christian Horner.
On the Asian Leg of their WorldWired tour, Metallica play at LeSports Center, Beijing, China, Asia, supported by Lang Lang.
On their 100-date Global Spirit Tour, Depeche Mode play at The Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium, Europe.
On their Revolution Radio tour, Green Day play at Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France, Europe.
On his Purpose tour, Justin Bieber plays at The Sports Authority Field At Mile High, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Carrie Underwood is involved in a horse riding accident at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, which requires over 40 stitches in her face.
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Marcus Bonfanti, Bad Touch, Jon Amore, John Verity, Innes Sibun and Mollie Marriott play at the Saddleback Festival, Devizes Sports Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.