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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.
The USS Reuben James is torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat near Iceland, Europe, with the loss of almost 100 crew members. The incident will inspire Woody Guthrie to write the song The Sinking of the Reuben James which will be released in 1942, and will be covered by The Weavers, Johnny Horton, The Kingston Trio, Country Joe McDonald and many others.
Red Foley records Smoke On The Water, There's A Blue Star Shining In Heaven Tonight, Hang Your Head In Shame and You Sang My Love Song To Somebody Else in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A patriotic pseudo-religious war-mongering anti-Japanese/German/Italian rabble rouser, Smoke On The Water, will top the charts for thirteen consecutive weeks.
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.
American vocalist Al Martino, on tour in the UK, is threatened on the phone by John Cobb, who claims to have written Martino's hits Wanted and Here In My Heart. Unless he is financially compensated, says Cobb, he will knife Martino. Police are on the alert at Martino's Finsbury Park Astoria concert that night, but nothing transpires.
Top country music recording star Spade Cooley is found guilty of the brutal murder by strangulation, kicking and beating, of his wife Ella Mae, at Kern County Court House, Bakersfield, California, USA.
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Chet Atkins records Mack The Knife, Le Le La, The Song From Moulin Rouge and As Long As He Needs Me, at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Kinks record their first live session for BBC Radio at The Playhouse Theatre, London, UK. On the same evening, they play at Neeld Hall, Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK, provoking a riot in which local girls rush the stage and pursue the band out of the venue and down the street.
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The Beatles play at The Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Support acts on this show are The Righteous Brothers, The Exciters, Jackie De Shannon and the Bill Black Combo. While in Montreal, death threats are made against drummer Ringo Starr, so the group leaves the city immediately after their two shows.
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Major Oliver Smedley appears at Chelmsford Assizes, Chelmsford, UK, charged with the manslaughter of British impressario Reg Calvert, manager of The Fortunes and Pinkerton's Assorted Colours. Smedley had killed Calvert with a shotgun in his home near Saffron Walden, UK, during a dispute about Radio City, a pirate radio station owned by Calvert. He is found not guilty by reason of self-defence.
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Jimi Hendrix, accused of violent behaviour while drunk, appears before Gothenburg Municipal Court, Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe, and is fined around $2,500.
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Merle Haggard records Money Tree, Picture From Two Sides Of Life and The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. The band on the session includes Glen Campbell, Billy Mize and Lewis Talley [gtrs], Roy Nichols [steel], Howard Lowe [bass], Eddie Burris [drums], George French [piano] and Bonnie Owens [harmony vocal].
Loretta Lynn releases a new single, Fist City, on Decca records in the USA.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience play at Symphony Hall, Newark, New Jersey, USA. (The day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.) In the evening, Jimi jams with Buddy Guy at the opening of the new Generation Club in New York City.
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The highest new entry in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA, is Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones entering at No63. The song was inspired by Jagger taking part in a March 1968 anti-war protest rally at London's U.S. Embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000 people. He was further inspired by student riots in Paris, France, Europe.
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Following what seem to be threatening phone calls from disciples of crazed hippy killer Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys arranges for his home telephone line in California, USA, to be disconnected.
Twenty-six unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders are shot by soldiers of the British Army during a protest in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, UK. The incident will become known as Bloody Sunday and will be recorded in the U2 song Sunday Bloody Sunday. Others who have written songs on this topic include John Lennon, Roy Harper, Christy Moore, The Wolfetones and Cruachan.
Stringbean, the comedy banjo player from the tv series Hee Haw, is murdered, shot dead by burglars, along with his wife at their rural home in Ridgetop, Tennessee, USA, when they return home after his performance at the Grand Ole Opry.
Sixteen-year-old PLF militant Samir Kuntar and three others, brutally kill Danny Haran and his four year-old daughter, Einat, in the coastal city of Nahariya, Israel, Asia. Danny's wife, Smadar Haran, escapes death by hiding in a crawl space above the family bedroom with her two year-old daughter Yael who, tragically, dies of suffocation when Smadar tries to stop her from crying, which would have revealed their hiding place. The song Hush, Yael by Oh, Sleeper tries to recreate those moments spent in hiding by Smadar and her tiny child.
When The Ramones play at The Palasport, Turin, Italy, Europe, supported by The UK Subs, violent fights break out between local contingents of fascists and communists. Bricks are thrown at the stage but no-one is seriously injured.
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Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue is charged with assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon, following an incident earlier in the evening outside the Rainbow Bar And Grille in Los Angeles, California, USA. Charges are dropped later in the year, and the incident will be immortalised in the Motley Crue song Knock 'Em Dead, Kid.
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During a gig in the Hall Tivoli, Strasbourg, France, Europe, Robert Smith of The Cure has a fight with bassist Simon Gallup, which results in both of them leaving the band - briefly.
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UK hitmakers Modern Romance become involved in a violent brawl at Elton's Disco, Tottenham, London, England, UK, Europe, where the band is celebrating the birthday of singer David Jaymes.
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.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
While in jail, James Brown is moved from a minimum security establishment to a medium security one, because large and unexplained amounts of cash have been found in his cell.
Returning from France, Europe, Guns N'Roses singer Axl Rose disembarks from Concorde at JFK Airport, New York, USA, and is immediately arrested because of a riot he incited a year earlier at Riverport Performing Arts Centre in St. Louis, Missouri.
Thousands of rioting fans are dispersed with teargas at a Grateful Dead concert at the Deer Creek Music Centre in Noblesville, Indiana, USA. On the same day, EMF drummer Mark Decloedt breaks the British salmon fishing record with a 70lb whopper caught from his local river.
Nina Simone fires a gun at a pair of noisy teenagers playing next door to her home in southern France, Europe. She will be put on eighteen months probation and ordered to seek psychological counseling.
Whitney Houston and her husband Bobby Brown are banned for life from The Bel Air hotel, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, after wrecking their room. The couple had smashed up a TV and ripped two doors off their hinges. The walls and carpets were said to be stained by alcohol.
The Dixie Chicks perform at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA, despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage. Maines had recently made controversial comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war. Maines is escorted to the show by police and afterwards directly to the airport.
Three people [Anthony Aldis, Steven Fullerton and Leanne Terry] appear at the magistrates court, Waltham Forest, UK, on charges relating to the murder of former Warrior Soul drummer Mark Evans whose burnt body was recently found stuffed into a wheelie bin in a car park in east London.
Marion 'Suge' Knight, head of Death Row Records, is shot in the leg at an MTV party, hosted by Kanye West, in the VIP Room of the Shore Club, Miami Beach, Florida, USA.
Big And Rich play live at a rally sponsored by human rights agencies in Washington DC, USA, to call attention to genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Kelly Osbourne voluntarily hands herself in at a Central London police station to face charges of assault stemming from a slapping incident involving a Sunday Mirror journalist in London, England, UK, Europe, nightclub Punk in August 08.
Greg Pianka, bass player of San Francisco-based hard rock band Dirty Looks, is stabbed to death during a bar brawl in The Hi And Dri Pub, Millcreek, Pennsylvania, USA.
Robert Levon Been, bassist of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, throws a water bottle into the audience during a gig at Backstage, Munich, Germany, Europe. In due course, he will be fined 18,500 euros and given a three month suspended sentence, because the bottle injured a fan's eye.
Lee Ryan, of British boy band Blue, is charged with assault after allegedly hitting his fiancee, Samantha Miller, as the couple drove through the West End of London, England, UK, the night before.
Shakira is attacked by an angry sea lion while on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa.
Nine audience members are stabbed and one man dies from a drug overdose during a Swedish House Mafia concert in Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, Europe.
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Rapper Gucci Mane is arrested one day after being released on bail from prison in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where he was incarcerated for assaulting a man in an Atlanta nightclub with a bottle. Today's arrest is related to a probation violation.
Martin Barre, best-known as the guitarist of Jethro Tull, plays at The Stables, Milton Keynes, UK.
Parker Isaac Adams files a lawsuit against Chris Brown and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy following an alleged assault outside The W hotel in Washington D.C., USA, during 2013.
At a court hearing in Los Angeles, California, USA, Chris Brown is sentenced to serve an additional 131 days behind bars for breaking the terms of his probation. Brown's probation relates to his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Three people are shot in an SUV in the parking lot outside Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA, after a concert by Schoolboy Q, Nas and Flying Lotus. Schoolboy Q, a passenger in the SUV, is later detained and handcuffed but is not charged.
Justin Bieber and actor Orlando Bloom become involved in a scuffle in the Cipriani Restaurant, Ibiza, Spain, Europe. In the course of the incident, Bloom throws a punch at Bieber, who leaves the restaurant soon after. Also reported to have been in the restaurant at the time are Diddy, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
Billboard magazine reports that the Israel-Gaza conflict has resulted in cancellations of music concerts in Israel by Neil Young, Kansas, America and Backstreet Boys, with more expected to follow. It is estimated that, in total, such cancellations will cost Israel between $10m and $20m.
Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys and his friend Michael Papayans are arrested by police outside the Hogs Breath Saloon in Key West, Florida, USA, following an alleged confrontation between the men and the saloon's security guards.
Kanye West is in UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, undergoing psychiatric evaluation, following a week of cancelled shows, onstage outbursts and generally 'erratic behaviour'. The previous day, Dr Michael Farzam at UCLA had placed West on a 5150 hold, which allows a physician to forcibly admit a person with a mental disorder to the hospital, because he attacked a staff member at his trainer's residence/gym.
Sir Elton John 'storms' offstage during his Las Vegas residency, because a fan repeatedly leans over and tries to touch him and his keyboard. Sir Elton had invited a group of fans to join him around the piano duing his performance of Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting, but became annoyed by the behaviour of one particular fan.
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