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Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan is killed by Filipino tribesmen, just months after becoming the first man to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. His life, death and achievements will be celebrated in the song Philippines History by Yoyoy Villame, The Ballad Of Magellan by Animaniacs and Magellan Was Wrong by Bob Lind.
George D. Smith of Buffalo, New York State, USA, applies for a patent in respect of his invention of an improved type of kazoo.This is the first submarine-shaped kazoo and also the first metal kazoo.
Lillian Glinn is born in Hillsboro, Texas, USA. She will find success as a pioneering female blues and country blues singer and songwriter.
The Empire Windrush arrives at Tilbury docks, London, England, UK, bringing with it almost 500 Jamaicans, along with a handful of Trinidadians, including the Trinidadian calypsonians Lord Kitchener and Lord Beginner. Calypso had arrived in the UK.
Aspiring young New York City-based pianist Neil Sedaka is approached by his neighbour Howard Greenfield about the possibility that the pair might collaborate on writing a song. Working from the Brill Building, the Sedaka-Greenfield combination will become one of the most successful hit-writing duos in the history of pop music.
Movie musical The Girl Can't Help It, starring Jayne Mansfield, and with music by Little Richard, Fats Domino, Eddie Cochran, The Platters, Gene Vincent and others, goes on general release in the USA.
Elvis Presley is in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, re-shooting the ending of Wild In The Country, because pre-release screening audiences did not like the original ending in which Hope Lange committed suicide.
After receiving death-threats, revered Nashville session guitarist Hank Garland is seriously injured when he crashes his 1959 Chevy Nomad station wagon on Route 41 near Springfield, Tennessee, USA. Two local residents claim to have heard gunfire immediately before the crash, and bullet-like holes were later seen on the vehicle. The man whose guitar can be heard on hits by Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers and Patsy Cline, will never work again.
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Riots break out when James Meredith becomes the first black American to be admitted to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, USA. Bob Dylan will write his song Oxford Town about this violent racist action by white residents of the town, in which two people die and over 75 are injured.
William Zantzinger, the rich and murderous Maryland farmer castigated in Bob Dylan's song The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, is sentenced to a mere six months in prison for the murder of Hattie Carroll.
After strangling his mother to death and stabbing his wife, engineering student and former US Marine Charles Whitman kills fourteen people and wounds 32 others during a random shooting spree from the top of a tower at The University Of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA. The incident will inspire Harry Chapin to write his 1972 song Sniper. Other songs referring to Whitman include Psycho by Leon Payne, Down There By The Train by Tom Waits, The Ballad of Charles Whitman by Kinky Friedman and The Tower by Insane Clown Posse.
Country music star Moon Mullican dies of a heart attack, aged 57, in Beaumont, Texas, USA.
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Fredrik Nordström is born in Sweden, Europe. He will find success as the guitarist in melodic death metal band Dream Evil.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band start work on their classic triple-album set, Will The Circle Be Unbroken at Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The album brings together several generations of country-inspired musicians by featuring The Dirt Band along side such country legends as Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs (and his banjo too), Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Merle Travis and Jimmy Martin.
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After suffering from a bleeding ulcer for months, Gene Vincent dies of a seizure in Newhall, California, USA. English rock artist Ian Dury, a lifelong Gene Vincent fan will, in due course, be inspired to write the song Sweet Gene Vincent (1979) about his life and death.
A coffin containing the body of country-rock star Gram Parsons is stolen from LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA, by his road manager, Phil Kaufman, who drives it out to the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Navajo Desert and sets fire to the corpse, in accordance with a request made by Parsons before his death. The incident is immortalised in the song Fast Cars And Rented Beds by Julian Dawson on his 2004 album Bedroom Suite. The 2003 movie Grand Theft Parsons is about the same incident. Another song inspired by the life [and death] of Gram Parsons is My Man by The Eagles.
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The Ramones play at The State Cinema, Dublin, Ireland, Europe. All four members of future megaband U2 go to see them. In 2014, after the death of Joey Ramone, Bono of U2 will be inspired to acknowledge the influence of The Ramones in the single The Miracle Of Joey Ramone.
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Janet Vogel of hit-making 60s vocal group The Skyliners commits suicide in her car in her garage at home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
The official coroner's report on the recent death of singer Bon Scott of AC/DC, who passed away in a car in Overhill Road, London, England, UK, Europe, is death by misadventure – acute alcohol poisoning.
In Manchester, England, UK, Europe, Ian Curtis of Joy Division watches the Werner Herzog movie Stroszek on television. The film is about an alcoholic musician who commits suicide. Two days later, Curtis will commit suicide by hanging himself.
West German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen play a secret gig in Erlöserkirche, East Berlin, East Germany, Europe. The gig is organised by Mark Reeder, formerly of Manchester band The Frantic Elevators, who had moved to West Berlin in 1979.
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65,000 fans make the annual pilgrimage to the three-day-long Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, where a £28 ticket gives them the opportunity to savour the delights of The Wonderstuff, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Pixies and Suzanne Vega (who appears despite a death threat). Those wanting a programme pay a further £2.
Phenomenally successful Japanese rock guitarist Hideto Matsumoto hangs himself in Tokyo, aged 33. 25,000 fans will attend his funeral, and three will commit suicide within days, believing life to be unbearable without him. He was best known under his stage name of Hide, as lead guitarist for X Japan.
The trial of heavy metal band Judas Priest - based on allegations that subliminal messages in their 1978 LP Stained Class contributed to the deaths by suicide of fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance - comes to the end of its third week in Reno, Nevada, USA. Phyllis Vance, the mother of James, states, "They live off of young fans like my son, kids who invest all their money in bands like Judas Priest. James was my only child. He was my life. All the money in the world couldn't bring him back."
Popular singer Wim De Craene commits suicide, aged 40, by taking an overdose of medication in Ghent, Belgium, Europe.
Oystein Aarseth, aka Euronymous, a member of Norwegian death metal band Burzum, is found dead in the stairwell of his building, with 23 knife wounds in his corpse.
Seriously alcoholic Doug Hopkins, guitarist and songwriter of The Gin Blossoms, commits suicide by shooting himself in the head with a .38-cal. special pistol on the bed of his apartment in Tempe, Arizona, USA.
An inquiry at the Sheriff Court, Dumbarton, Scotland, UK, Europe, into the death of Oasis' roadie Jim Hunter in 1996, is told that the man died by being crushed between a lorry and a fork-lift truck shortly after an angry outburst by vocalist Liam Gallagher.
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.
The Six Parts Seven and The Black Keys release a joint EP, The Six Parts Seven/The Black Keys, on Suicide S queeze records in the USA.
On his A Reality Tour, David Bowie's concert at The James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida, USA, is cancelled after lighting technician Walter "Wally Gator" Thomas falls to his death prior to Bowie going onstage.
Death Cab For Cutie release their fifth album, Plans, in the USA.
Jason McGerr of Death Cab For Cutie and Kele Okerere of Bloc Party are among guests attending an after-show party for the Austin City Limits Festival in The Old Bicycle Sports Shop, Austin, Texas, USA.
Celebrated record producer Hugh Mendl dies aged 88 in Torbay, Devon, UK, Europe. Mendl was responsible for Lonnie Donegan's first recordings, which launched the skiffle craze and led to the birth of British rock'n'roll. In the 1960s he was instrumental in bringing David Bowie and Genesis to Decca and produced The Moody Blues' album Days of Future Passed.
Wealthy Maryland landowner William Zantzinger, the subject of Bob Dylan's 1963 protest song The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, dies, aged 69. In 1963, a 24-year-old Zantzinger struck and killed Hattie Carroll - a 51-year-old black barmaid - at a Baltimore hotel.
Rumours hit the internet claiming that 80s pop singer Rick Astley, made famous by his hit Never Gonna Give You Up, has been found dead in his hotel room in Berlin, Germany, Europe. Since the death of Michael Jackson, similar rumours have claimed the deaths of Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears.
Thirty-seven year old Leon Desmond Barrett is charged in Detroit, Michigan, USA, with mailing threatening communications, including death threats, to celebrities including Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Charles Haddon, 22 year old lead singer of pop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool jumps to his death from a telecommunications mast behind the main stage onto a parking area after playing at the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium, Europe. Local police treat the death as suicide.
Paul Lincoln, who wrestled under the name of Doctor Death, dies in Southampton, England, UK, aged 78 from the effects of cancer and Parkinson's disease. Lincoln was also a music business manager and owned the 2is club in London, which launched the careers of Cliff Richard, Tommy Steele and others.
Under the name Ingrid Jackson, Beyonce checks into Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, USA, and takes over the entire fourth floor, where she will give birth to her daughter with Jay-Z.
A two-day trial opens in Davidson County Probate Court, Tennessee, USA, to determine how royalties for the late Jim Reeves' recordings will be split. Although Reeves died almost fifty years ago, his work still generates $400,000 per year. Terry Davis, who was married to Jim Reeves' widow for thirty years until her death in 1999, feels that he should receive part of those royalties.
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett joins members of his former band, Exodus, on stage at Oakland Metro, Oakland, California, USA, during a memorial concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Exodus's former singer Paul Baloff. The concert, titled 'Bonded By Baloff: A Decade Of Remembrance', also features performances from Possessed, Forbidden, Heathen and others.
Country singer Mindy McCready gives birth to her second son, Zayne, in the USA.
Los Angeles Superior Court approves a search wa rrant for police to investigate the identity of an individual going by the name of @Gunn2urhead who has been sending death threats via Twitter to Shirley Manson, the singer with Garbage.
Rise Against, Rob Zombie, Atreyu, Black Stone Cherry, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Lacuna Coil, Mastodon, Seether, Theory Of A Deadman and others play on the second day of the Aftershock 2014 Festival, Discovery Park, Sacramento, California, USA.
Rock saxophonist Raf Ravenscroft dies at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Devon, UK, aged sixty following a heart attack. He was best-known for playing the sax break in Gerry Rafferty's 1978 hit Baker Street, but also worked with many other top-flight musicians including Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, Pink Floyd and Abba.
Motorhead's classic 1980 track Ace Of Spades finally makes its appearance in the Billboard charts in the USA - presumably spurred by the recent death of the band's frontman Lemmy Kilmister. It enters the magazine's Hot Rock Songs chart at No12, thr Rock Streaming Songs chart at No24, and the Hard Rock Digital Songs Chart at No8. It even reaches No3 on the LyricFind Chart which measures the number of lyric searches worldwide.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzalez, El Salvador, San Salvador, Central America. While in the region, Maiden's drummer Nicko McBrain and guitarist Janick Gers visit the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, who was assassinated by members of a Salvadoran death squad, during a mass in 1980 at the start of the Salvadoran Civil war.
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At least 22 people are killed and over 50 injured when a bomb is exploded at a concert by Ariane Grande in Manchester Arena, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
During the changeover period between the performances of Alt-J and Green Day at The Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, Spain, Europe, acrobat Pedro Aunion Monroy falls to his death from 30m above the stage.