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Notorious outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania. His violent life and crimes will inspire, among others, the songs Ned Kelly (1971) by Johnny Cash, The Ballad Of Ned Kelly (1970) by Fotheringay and Blame It On The Kellys by Waylon Jennings.
An anti-Oswald Mosely street battle on Cable Street in the East End Of London, England, UK, Europe, inspires the song The Ghosts Of Cable Street by The Men They Couldn't Hang.
Larry Wayne Fischer is born in Los Angeles, California, USA. Despite suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (not to mention attacking his mother with a knife), he will find international cult celebrity status under the name Wild Man Fischer after being discovered by Frank Zappa and releasing his debut LP, An Evening With Wild Man Fischer, in 1969.
Ernest Tubb records A Heartsick Soldier On Heartbreak Ridge in the USA. The song is inspired by the month-long Battle Of Heartbreak Ridge in the Korean War which took place between September 13 and October 15, 1951.
Stanley Milgram, an assistant professor of psychology at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, begins a series of experiments to determine how main pain one person might inflict on another if ordered to do so. The alarming results of Experiment 18 - showing that 37 of 40 people would inflict a high degree of pain - will inspire the song We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) on the 1986 Peter Gabriel album So.
Respected rock'n'roll guitarist Hank Garland is discharged from Madison Sanitorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and released into the care of his wife Evelyn. His recent two weeks of treatment in the sanitorium came about because Evelyn had claimed he was paranoid and violent.
Gene Pitney enters the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA with the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance. It will become his first Top Five hit, peaking at No4.
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Mrs Faye Louvin is charged with having shot her husband, Ira Louvin of The Louvin Brothers, three times in the chest after he tried to strangle her with a telephone cord. She shot him at their home near Nashville the previous night.
Four thousand fans riot in Miami Airport, Florida, USA, breaking down doors, smashing windows and trampling police officers, when The Beatles' touch down, hoping for a brief break in their hectic tour schedule.
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Elvis Presley arranges a private screening of the Peter Sellers film Doctor Strangelove, for himself and friends at The Memphian Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Barry McGuire spends the second of three days recording the future No1 protest-rock hit Eve Of Destruction, for Dunhill Records in Los Angeles, California, USA. The song is written by P.F. Sloan.
Jan And Dean record The Universal Coward, Yesterday and Travelin' Mood for Liberty Records in Western Recorders, 6000 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Miami Pop Festival (also known as the Underground Pop Festival), begins at the Gulf Stream Race Track, Hallandale, Miami, Florida, USA, with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, John Lee Hooker, Frank Zappa, Blue Cheer, Arthur Brown and Eire Apparent.
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Crazed hippie murderer Charles Manson, who claimed his orgy of violence was inspired by the lyrics of songs by The Beatles, is sentenced to death by Judge Charles H. Older in Los Angeles, California, USA. Manson is now sent to death row at San Quentin.
The three-day-long Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival begins on Bull Island in the Wabash River, Illinois, USA. The event is billed as featuring major bands including Black Sabbath, Santana, Joe Cocker, Fleetwood Mac, Canned Heat, The Allman Brothers, The Eagles and many more. In the end, over 200,000 people will arrive instead of the 30,000 expected, and the event will become a disaster, with most of the bands pulling out because of the chaos. Bands who actually do play include Canned Heat, Brownsville Station, Black Oak Arkansas and Pure Prairie League.
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The Smiths top the UK album chart for the first and last time with Meat Is Murder.
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A report in the South China Morning Post states that popular Hong Kong singer Connie Mak has been advised to cancel her upcoming concert in Peking, China, Asia, because of fears of crowd violence. In May 1985, Hong Kong defeated China 2-1 in a world cup qualifying football match and there are fears of anti-Hong Kong sentiments. Country star John Denver, who had been in Peking recently, confirms that China's Central Television was concerned about crowd control at an open-air concert he had been planning.
A jury in The Old Bailey, London, England, UK, Europe, hears that in February 1984 UK pop impressario Don Arden punched and kicked a former business partner, Harshad Patel, and held him prisoner for 24 hours, because Patel owed him money.
While Queen play their final live gig together, headlining the UK’s annual Knebworth Festival in Hertfordshire, England, UK, Europe, a 21 year old man in the crowd is stabbed to death. Also on the bill are Status Quo and Big Country.
Status Quo enter the UK singles chart with In The Army Now on Vertigo Records which will peak at No2 during a fourteen-week run on the chart.

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During a show at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses jumps off the stage into the crowd and assaults a security guard who has been manhandling an audience member. Rose is arrested, bringing the show to an end after just three songs.
Barry Adamson, of Magazine and The Bad Seeds fame, is assaulted and given a broken jaw by bouncers at The Limelight Club, London, England, UK, Europe, after a secret Nick Cave show.
The Stone Roses appear in court in Wolverhampton, UK, on charges of criminally damaging the offices of their former label, Revolver Records.
In Miami, Florida, USA, the trial of 2 Live Crew and the distributor of its LP As Nasty As They Wanna Be vs Sheriff Nick Navarro begins. Navarro had recently succeeded in having the LP declared obscene, largely based on a recent Mimai Herald newspaper review which states that, "Many of 2 Live Crew's lyrics are so filled with hard-core sexual, sadistic and masochistic material that they could not be printed here, even in censored form."
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.
Ice Cube begins taunting members of the audience during his show at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA. Violence breaks out, fifty shots are fired, three people have to be treated for gunshot wounds, one for stab wounds and one is run over by a car outside.
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the city police lodge a protest against a new Bruce Springsteen song, American Skin, inspired by the 1999 police slaying of unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo.
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.
It is reported in Kerrang! magazine that Norwegian black metal band Satyricon has become embroiled in a censorship debate after the video for their song Fuel For Hatred is dropped from rotation by MTV and ZTV. Officially the video has been banned because of potentially harmful strobe effects, but it is felt by some that the video's explicitly sexual and violent content is the real reason.
It is reported that thirty two-year-old sanitation engineer DeAngelo Bailey is beginning a legal action against Eminem, because he feels the song Brain Damage, on the rapper's Slim Shady album, portrays him incorrectly as a bully.
Rapper Young Buck, wanted on charges relating to a stabbing incident at the recent Vibe Awards, gives himself up to police.
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.
Rapper C-Murder's latest attempt to have his 2003 second-degree murder conviction overturned is denied by a Louisiana, USA, state appellate court.
Rapper Cassidy is charged with murder in court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The charge relates to an April, 2005 incident in which three men, including Cassidy, armed with .45, .40 and 9mm caliber pistols, and an AK-47 variant rifle, fired on three unarmed men during an argument in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.
Notorious B.I.G.'s wrongful-death trial in Los Angeles, California, USA, is delayed because of a statement by a jailhouse informant that two of the trial's central figures — both Los Angeles police offers — were also on the payroll of Marion "Suge" Knight's Death Row Records as security guards.
One-legged rock fan Andrew Miller removes his prosthetic limb and waves it around during an Alice Cooper gig in Southampton, England, UK, Europe. When John Lynch, sitting nearby, asks him to calm down, Miller punches him several times and is later charged with causing actual bodily harm.
Millionaire businessman Christian Tarantino is arrested in New York City, USA, on charges of orchestrating three murders, including that of Vincent Gargiulo, the brother-in-law of Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider. Gargiulo was shot in the head in August 2003 at Broadway and West 30th Street. According to court papers, Gargiulo and Tarantino, had had a falling out over a gym business in which they were partners.
At the end of his second trial on the same charge, record producer Phil Spector is found guilty of murdering actress Lana Clarkson.
Via a two-minute video posted on his website, Chris Brown publicly apologizes for the beating of his former girlfriend Rihanna. he also states that he is seeking help and wants to live his life as a role model.
Erykah Badu pays a $500 fine and is given six months of probation for stripping during a music video shoot for her song Window Seat, at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, USA, where President John F. Kennedy was assasinated in 1963.
Upcoming dancehall singer and DJ Copper Cat is shot dead in-front of his home in Cassandra Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica, Caribbean. According to police, Copper Cat was approached by gunmen who took his blackberry cell phone before killing him.
On the North American leg of her World Tour 2012, Madonna plays at The Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA. During the show, she dedicates a song to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani child activist shot in the head and neck one day earlier by a masked member of the Taliban.
Photographer Jeffrey Binion files a compensation lawsuit against Justin Bieber, claiming that the young singer instructed his bodyguards to attack him while he tried to take photographs outside the Hit Factory recording studio in Miami, Florida, USA. Binion also claims that one of the bodyguards threatened him with a gun.
Rapper Mazaradi Fox, a close associate of 50 Cent, is shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York City, USA.
Michigan rap group Insane Clown Posse files suit against the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Detroit, saying that the United States government had made an “unwarranted and unlawful decision” to classify fans of the band as criminal gang members, leading to their harassment by law enforcement and causing them “significant harm.”
The trial of reggae dancehall artist Vybz Kartel for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams continues in the Home Circuit court, Jamaica, Caribbean.
Justin Bieber is arrested for the second time in a week and charged with assault for allegedly hitting a Toronto limousine driver several times in the back of the head a month earlier.
Deandre Hughes, Bianca Young and Javon Almond are charged with murder in connection with an August 3 incident in which a 32-year-old man was killed and a 21-year-old man wounded in gunfire outside The Bodi nightclub, Chicago, Illinois, USA, where the rapper Nas was having an unofficial after-show party, following his appearance at Lollapalooza earlier in the day.
Singer-songwriter Don McLean posts a statement on Twitter declaring, "This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me. What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30-year relationship." The statement is in response to his recent arrest on charges of domestic violence in Camden, Maine, USA, where he has a home with his wife, Patrisha.
Over 80 artists, including Chris Martin, Chrissie Hynde, Brian Eno and Damon Albarn sign an open letter calling for the release of detained Ugandan singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known to fans as Bobi Wine.
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