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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 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.
, 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.
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.'
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.
, 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.
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.
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.
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"...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 $80,000 towards his medical expenses.
Petrol Bastard, Mortalitech and Brutes, with DJ Zara Skumshot, play at The Power Lunches Arts Cafe, Kingsland Road, London, UK.
Photographer Jeffrey Binion files a report with the Miami-Dade Police
, claiming that Justin Bieber
's bodyguards attacked him while he tried to take pics of the young star outside the Hit Factory recording studio in Miami, Florida, USA.
It is reported that troubled r'n'b singer Chris Brown
has left a rehab faclility in Malibu
, Los Angeles, California, USA, but will continue to be treated as an outpatient. He entered the facility just over two weeks earlier.
Popular Turkish Uyghur singer and musician, Abdurehim Heyit, dies aged 55 in detention
, in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region (XUAR) of nothrthwest China, Asia, after enduring two years of brutal torture. He had been detained and held without formal charge by Chinese government for singing the song Atilar (Forefathers), which was deemed to be critical of the government.
A group calling itself #JusticeForRocky launches a petition on Change.org urging Swedish officials to free rapper A$AP Rocky from jail. He is being held on charges relating to a violent incident in Stockholm, Sweden, Europe, on June 30.