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Confederate General Thomas Stonewall Jackson dies of complications of pneumonia, aged 39, at Guinea Station, Virginia, USA. He had been wounded in battle at Chancellorsville and, after having his arm amputated, pneumonia had set in. His death will inspire the 1929 song The Death Of Stonewall Jackson by The Carson Robison Trio. There is also an earlier tribute entitled Stonewall Jackson's Way thought to have been composed in 1862.
Sgt. Alvin York of the United States Army shoots dead six German soldiers attacking him and his men near Hill 223 (49.28558°N 4.95242°E) along the Decauville rail-line north of Chatel-Chéhéry, France, Europe. He also leads an assault which cleans out a German machine-gun nest. His bravery will earn him the Medal Of Honour, make him a national hero in the USA, and will inspire the song Sergeant York by country singer Archie Campbell in 1961.
Jazz trombonist Kid Ory registers his best-known composition, Muskrat Ramble, for copyright purposes, with copyright registration number E637451. The melody will inspire Country Joe And The Fish who will appropriate it as the tune of their 1960s anti-Vietnam war hit Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die.
British skiffle king Lonnie Donegan records The House Of the Rising Sun, Take This Hammer, John Hardy and other tracks in London, UK, for his album Lonnie Rides Again.
In the course of a robbery, two members of rock'n'roll quartet Jackie And The Starlites murder 73-year old Dr Emil Markussen in his apartment in New York City, USA.
When Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ben E. King, Sugar Pie DeSanto and others fail to show for a late-night gig at The Flamingo Club, Greenwich Street, Savannah, Georgia, USA, 1200 patrons go on a rampage which effectively destroys the venue. The same set of artists had, earlier in the evening, played a show at the local whites-only club, Bamboo Ranch, in the same town.
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In Jackson, Mississippi, USA, anti-segregation campaigner Medgar Evers is shot in the back and killed by a white racist gunman. Evers' death will be the spark for the Bob Dylan song Only A Pawn In Their Game. Nina Simone's 1964 song Mississippi Goddam will also deal with the death of Medgar Evers.
Donovan releases the EP Universal Soldier in the UK. The title track is composed by Buffy Sainte-Marie.
The Daily Mirror in the UK, runs a headline feature about the previous day's suicide of top music producer Joe Meek, who killed himself with a shotgun after murdering his landlady, Mrs Violet Shenton, with the same weapon.
While flying between shows on an Australian tour, The Who, Small Faces and Paul Jones are asked to disembark for bad behaviour and 'making a hostess cry.'
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Loretta Lynn releases her 11th album, Fist City, on Decca Records in the USA. It will become her second LP to top the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.
A newly-recorded live version of Fulsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, but sales will fall away sharply two weeks later, after the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy causes radio stations to drop the single from playlists because of the line, "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die."
Pete Cetera of rock band Chicago undergoes five hours of emergency surgery after losing four teeth in a fight at a Chicago Cubs - Dodgers baseball game during which four rednecks decided they didn't like the length of his hair.
Jerry Lee Lewis, brandishing a Derringer pistol, drives to Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and demands that Elvis Presley should come out to speak with him. Elvis declines. Jerry Lee goes home.
When Eric Clapton plays the first of two nights at Halo Sportowo, Katowice, Poland, Europe, the local police spend most of the evening battering the audience. Clapton and his band leave town before the second show.
At a Ted Nugent gig in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, over thirty people are arrested for violence and drugs-related offences.
Peter Sutcliffe, a mass murderer known as The Yorkshire Ripper, is sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey, London, UK. Sutcliffe's grim exploits will provide subject matter for songs including Leeds Ripper by Throbbing Gristle, Leeds United by Luke Haines and Night Shift by Siouxsie And The Banshees.
A race riot takes place after a gig by skinhead band The 4 Skins in Southall, London, England, UK, Europe.
It is announced in the UK press that the Anti-Nowhere League (ANL) has been found guilty of obscenity under the Obscene Publications Act because of the lyric of So What?, the b-side of their single The Streets Of London.
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Violence breaks out at a Uriah Heep concert in Athens, Greece, Europe. Shots are fired by ticketless fans, resulting in three police officers being injured and sixteen people arrested.
Two stabbings take place during a David Bowie gig at Slane Castle, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
James Brown pleads guilty in Aiken Circuit Court in South Carolina, USA, to charges of gun possession and resisting arrest. Brown was arrested in May after leading police on a car chase.
R'n'b vocalist Cornell Gunter dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, after being shot while in his automobile. Gunter is best-remembered for his work as a member of The Platters, The Flairs and The Coasters.
Greater Manchester Police advise The Hacienda club (co-owned by Factory Records and New Order) of their intention to revoke its licence.
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When British reggae band Misty In Roots play at Mutare, Zimbabwe, Africa, fans riot and tear down fences to get in to see the band. A car is set on fire, and police shoot at fans trying to set fire to a petrol station. During the riot, one man is reported killed and 39 are injured.
Per 'Dead' Ohlin, Swedish vocalist of black/death metal bands Mayhem and Morbid, finally lives up to his nickname by slitting his wrists and throat with a knife and then shoooting himself in the forehead with a shotgun, at home in Krakstad, Norawy, Europe. He leaves a brief suicide note, which apologizes for firing a gun indoors and begins, "Excuse the blood"...
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An aeroplane carrying Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down as it prepares to land in Kigali, Rwanda, Africa. This action will set in motion 100 days of mass murder which have come to be known as the Rwandan Genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 Tutsi people will die at the hands of Hutu tribesmen. According to co-writer Isaac Slade, The Rwandan Genocide inspired the storyline of the song Heartbeat by his band The Fray.
Baron Frederik Jan Gustav Floris van Pallandt of popular 1960s folk duo Nina And Frederick, is shot dead in Puerto Talera, The Philippines, in what police describe as "a mysterious professional killing", thought to have been carried out by a member of a drug trafficking syndicate with which van Pallandt was affiliated.
Liam Gallagher of Oasis turns down the invitation to a boxing contest against Robbie Williams on the grounds that, "It's not what rock'n'roll is about. It's all got very childish and pathetic and I'll just let our music do the talking. A boxing match would be illegal to start off with. I'm not having anything to do with it."
The home of former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell in London, England, UK, Europe, is broken into. The intruders scrawl obscene notes on the walls, steal Halliwell's computer and hi-fi and throw milk and fruit drink at the walls. They also steal a necklace that formerly belonged to actress Liz Taylor.
Photographer Pattie Boyd has her first worldwide gallery premier at the San Francisco Exchange, San Francisco, California, USA. Over the years, Patti has taken shots of many celebrities with a portfolio which includes her two ex-husbands, George Harrison and Eric Clapton, plus Ronnie Wood, Marianne Faithful, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Jagger and B.B. King.
Following pressure from Sony Records, today’s edition of music trade magazine Billboard in the USA does not include a planned anti-fur advertisement which directly attacked Sony artist Jennifer Lopez for wearing fur clothing, and for marketing fur in her Sweetface fashion line.
A grand jury, in Columbus, Ohio, USA, rules that the actions of police officer James Niggemeyer, who shot the killer of Damage Plan guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, were justified. No charges are to be brought against Niggemeyer.
Judge James Dabney rules that G-Unit rapper Young Buck must stand trial for assault. Judge Dabney states that sufficient evidence has been presented in the preliminary hearing for the trial to proceed. The charges stem from an incident last November's Vibe awards ceremony in Santa Monica, California, USA, during which Young Buck is alleged to have stabbed Jimmy James Johnson, after Johnson punched Dr Dre.
U2 frontman Bono holds discussions in Brussels, Belgium, Europe, with European Commission leader Jose Manuel Barroso and other world leaders, asking for their support for Africa and the momentum gained by the Live8 concerts. "Put down your national flags," he tells them. "Look up from the numbers and look to the future. People are dying for the most stupid reasons."
One fan is stabbed to death and three others are seriously injured at a Corrosion Of Conformity gig in the Masquerade Club, Tampa, Florida, USA.
Marc Cohn, best-known for his hit Walking In Memphis, is shot in the head by a car-jacking suspect fleeing from the police in Denver, Colorado, USA. Fortunately, the injury is minor and Cohn is detained only briefly in hospital. Cohn is in Denver for a concert with Suzanne Vega but the rest of his apperances on her tour have to be cancelled.
Linda Stein, former manager of The Ramones, is found murdered - battered to death - on the floor of her Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA, penthouse. Her personal assistant Natavia Lowery is arrested and charged with the murder.
It is reported that incarcerated rocker Pete Doherty of Babyshambles has been moved to a high security unit in Wormwood Scrubs prison, London, England, UK, Europe, because other inmates are threatening to attack him.
Rapper Jim Jones of The Diplomats is charged with misdemeanour assault when he assists police in New York City, USA, with their inquiries into an alleged fight with members of singer Ne-Yo's entourage at the Louis Vuitton store in Manhattan on Christmas Eve.
Heavy rock guitarist Ted Nugent is inducted into the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame, during the National Field Archery Association's World Archery Festival at the Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Smashing Pumpkins play at a Benefit Concert for Matthew Leone of the band Madina Lake at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Leone had been severely injured in a brutal attack and the concert raises $80,000 towards his medical expenses.
Petrol Bastard, Mortalitech and Brutes, with DJ Zara Skumshot, play at The Power Lunches Arts Cafe, Kingsland Road, London, UK.
Photographer Jeffrey Binion files a report with the Miami-Dade Police, claiming that Justin Bieber's bodyguards attacked him while he tried to take pics of the young star outside the Hit Factory recording studio in Miami, Florida, USA.
It is reported that troubled r'n'b singer Chris Brown has left a rehab faclility in Malibu, Los Angeles, California, USA, but will continue to be treated as an outpatient. He entered the facility just over two weeks earlier.
Popular Turkish Uyghur singer and musician, Abdurehim Heyit, dies aged 55 in detention, in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region (XUAR) of nothrthwest China, Asia, after enduring two years of brutal torture. He had been detained and held without formal charge by Chinese government for singing the song Atilar (Forefathers), which was deemed to be critical of the government.
The Huffington Post runs a feature claiming that Blood On The Dance Floor vocalist Dahvie Vanity (aka Jesus David Torres) has now been accused of sexual assault by 21 women.
A group calling itself #JusticeForRocky launches a petition on Change.org urging Swedish officials to free rapper A$AP Rocky from jail. He is being held on charges relating to a violent incident in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, on June 30.