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Topsy, a 28-year-old elephant belonging to The Forepaugh Circus at Luna Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, USA, is executed by electrocution because she has killed three men in as many years, including an abusive trainer who attempted to feed her a lit cigarette. Inventor Thomas Edison organised, supervised and filmed the exceution, as a demonstration of the effectiveness of his direct current electric system. Topsy's tragic story will inspire several songs, including The Kid Who Collected Crimes! by The Residents [2006], Persist by All India Radio [2009], Coney Island Funeral by Pinataland .
The Gigi Gryce - Clifford Brown Nonet records All Weird, for Prestige Records in Paris, France.
A package tour scheduled to begin tonight in Pensacola, Florida, USA, is cancelled because all of its major artists have suffered medical emergencies. Brenda Lee has developed cellulitis from a skating injury, Johnny Burnette is recuperating from a tonsillitis operation, Bob Beckham has burst a blood vessel in his throat and Gary Miles has contracted pneumonia.
The Kings Of Surf Music, The Beach Boys record I Get Around at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA. Intriguingly, I Get Around will give the quintet their first Top Ten hit in the UK where surf culture is virtually unheard of but, even more bizzarely, their fascination with cars and driving will inspire Kraftwerk in 1974 to create the first bona fide electronic rock hit, Autobahn, as a German equivalent of Beach Boys pop.
When vocalist Mr Twister, of rock band Christopher Milk, pours hot wax over himself and bites audience members in The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA, a blazing row erupts with the club owner Doug Weston.
Disgruntled fan Trevor Charles Howell pushes Frank Zappa off the stage at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe, inflicting multiple injuries and leaving him bound to a wheelchair.
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When Pink Floyd, with the exception of keyboardist Rick Wright, boycott a press reception for their album Dark Side Of The Moon, at the London Planetarium, London, England, UK, guests are presented with life-sized cardboard cut-outs of the band.
During a concert in Spokane, Washington, USA, a member of the audience pulls a .44 Magnum gun on guitarist Ted Nugent. The incident ends without injury when the man is wrestled to the ground by security.
A 40-ft pink inflatable pig, being used by Pink Floyd in the creation of their Animals album cover, breaks loose from its moorings near Battersea Power Station and drifts across London, England, UK. At one point in its drift, it is allegedly rfused permission to land at Heathrow Airport.
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Steve Peregrin Took, a former member of Tyrannosaurus Rex (aka T.Rex) dies aged 31 from asphyxiation after choking on a cocktail cherry at his apartment in North Kensington, London, UK. Although Took and his girlfriend, Valerie Billiet, had ingested morphine and hallucinogens the night before, authorities ruled that neither contributed to his death.
In the Palms Bar, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics is seen, according to a police report, "fondling her breasts, buttocks, and vaginal area with her hand, While subject was fondling her vaginal area, with her hand, she did it in a manner which simulated masturbation, Subject also was observed simulating masturbation and sexual intercourse using the handle of a sledgehammer." She is arrested but charges are later dropped.
UK electronic-rocker Gary Numan emergency-lands his Cessna light aircraft on the A3051 - an English public highway from Botley to Winchester - but escapes unhurt.
Motorhead and The Plasmatics are rehearsing a version of the Tammy Wynette hit Stand By Your Man, at SIR rehearsal studios in New York City, USA. The track will be recorded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a few days later.
UK tabloid newspaper The Sun publishes a picture on its front cover purporting to show Michael Jackson in the £85,000 hyperbaric oxygen-enriched bed which he reportedly believes will help him live to be 150.
Sonny Bono, formerly of 60's hippy duo Sonny And Cher, is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California, USA.
Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses is arrested at the Phoenix airport in Arizona, USA, for making a public disturbance on a flight from Los Angeles to Indianapolis. Specifically, he had urinated on the floor, verbally abused a stewardess and smoked in the non-smoking section.
Blues singer-guitarist Thunderbird Davis dies aged 52, of a heart attack while playing onstage at The Blues Saloon, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Outrageous rocker G.G.Allin is arrested at The Cavity Club, Austin, Texas, USA, for defecating on stage while performing in the nude.
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At the Industria Superstudio, Manhattan, New York City, USA, Madonna holds a party for 800 of her very closest friends, to celebrate the release of her upcoming album and book, Sex. She arrives dressed as Little Bo Peep, carrying a lamb.
R. Kelly marries 15 year old R'n'B vocalist Aaliyah at the Sheraton Gateway Suites in Rosemont. Believing the ceremony to be joke, Aailiyah plays along until, just a few hours later, she realizes she has been duped into a real, but illegal, marriage, complete with a faked certificate listing her age as 18. With the help of her family, the couple are soon separated and the marriage is annulled a few weeks later in Detroit, Illinois, USA.
An audience member rushes the stage at a Jimmy Page/Robert Plant concert in The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, determined to stab the guitarist and thus end his 'Satanic' music. Two security guards who apprehend him are stabbed instead, but recover.
When Kiss fan Bill Rexer is married at a Kiss convention in New York City, USA, the best man is bassist Gene Simmons, and the bride is given away by guitarist Paul Stanley.
As a mark of respect for recently deceased Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, Ben And Jerry's Ice Cream begins selling its popular flavour, Cherry Garcia, with only black cherries in it.
Sir Elton John walks out a half an hour before he is due to give a performance at a casino near Lisbon, Portugal. A spokesman for the promoters said that thirty minutes before the scheduled start of the show Elton appeared worried that the theatre was half-empty. "He said he was going out to get some air but then he jumped into his car and went to the airport to catch his private jet. He never said goodbye or anything to anyone."
Ozzy Osbourne issues a statement asking that his band Black Sabbath should be removed from the nominations for the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame because the nomination is made by "the supposed elite of the industry" rather than by music fans.
Steve Holy sings his No1 Country hit single Good Morning Beautiful for the couples' first dance when forty couples are married in a mass Valentine's Day ceremony in Newport News, Virginia, USA.
The new US edition of Vanity Fair magazine carries a feature claiming that Michael Jackson wears a prosthetic nose and once paid to have a '"voodoo curse" put on top Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.
Ozzy Osbourne appears, with his mouth gagged, in an advertisement for a British television charity event, Children In Need. His wife Sharon promises viewers that Ozzy will raise funds by abstaining from swearing for twenty four hours.
Jack White of The White Stripes marries British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon River, with the ceremony being conducted by a Shaman priest. The wedding is followed with a more conventional blessing by a catholic priest in a cathedral in Manaus, Brazil, South America.
Former 60s pop star Wayne Fontana is given an eleven months sentence at Nottingham Crown Court, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe, on charges of having set fire to a bailiff's car in a row over an unpaid congestion charge. Doctors had previously diagnosed Fontana as suffering from a paranoid illness and depression but now believe he is no longer a danger to himself or others. On an earlier court appearance, Fontana had appeared dressed as Liberty, The Lady Of Justice.
Rage Against the Machine reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Killing In The Name, thus ending tv-pop mogul Simon Cowell's four year domination of the Christmas number one slot. A well-orchestrated Facebook campaign helped the Californian nu-metallers outsell The Climb by X-factor winner Joe McEdlerry.
While staying at the Grand Hyatt hotel, Melbourne, Australia, Oceania, Katy Perry hears her hit single California Gurls blasting out from a student party for the all-male Melbourne High School and, on the spur of the moment, pops in to join them. Later she posts a Tweet saying, 'I totes just crashed a prom,' Still later on the same night she also attends a lesbian event, The Grouse Party, at The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood.
Guinness World Records confirms that a poster installed near London, UK's Heathrow Airport, to mark the release of Michael Jackson's posthumous album, Michael, has set a new record as the world's largest poster. The poster, made of PVC and weighing one ton, measures 171ft by 170ft with a total surface area of 29,070 ft.
A feature published by Nature Neuroscience reveals that the delicious chills felt by music lovers when listening to their favorite pieces of music are caused by a spike in the level of dopamine in their brains. Dopamine is the same neurotransmitter that's involved in reward, motivation, and addiction.
Four dead dogs are discovered in 'sealed containers' at the Tennessee, USA, home of Vinnie Vincent, a former Kiss guitarist, during an investigation into charges of assault against his wife. Vincent is arrested by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department but is released after posting $10,000 bond.
According to the results of a newly-published study by the British Academy of Sound Therapy, the song Weightless by Manchester, England, UK, Europe, trio Marconi Union is the most relaxing piece of music ever written.
When Bono of U2 goes busking on Grafton Street in Dublin, Ireland, with Damien Rice and The Frames' singer Glen Hansard, local police do not recognise any of the three, and try to move the famous trio on.
It is reported that that men's urinals shaped like the famous Rolling Stones' lips logo, set to be installed in a soon-to-be-opened Rolling Stones Fan Museum in the town of Luechow, Germany, Europe, are causing controversy because women feel they convey a misogynistic message.
A study by researchers at The University of Minnesota is published in the Journal Of Broadcast And Electronic Media, claiming to show that listening to rock music, [examples given include Bruce Springsteen and The White Stripes], can make white listeners favour white ethnic groups over other ethnic groups when sharing out funds. White students who were being played Top 40 pop - made by artists such as Gwen Stefani and Akon - distributed the funds more fairly among the other ethnic groups.
Speaking on Australian news and current affairs programme Sunday Night, Sir Elton John rekindles his public feud with Madonna, claiming that her recent album MDMA was a "disaster". He also states that "she looks like a f*cking fairground stripper." He completes his tirade by predicting the end of her career, while saying, "it couldn't happen to a bigger c***."
Despite having died in 1977, Elvis Presley tops a newly-released chart of the all-time best-selling solo artists in the UK, with combined sales of over 21.7m. The chart, compiled from statistics collected by The Official Charts Company, shows Cliff Richard in second place [21.5m] with Michael Jackson in third place [15.5m].
Two of the conical bra stage costumes worn onstage by Madonna during her Blonde Ambtion Tour in 1990 are sold to a private bidder for almost £50,000 at Christie's Auction House in London, England, UK, Europe.
John Lydon, the former Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols, scourge of the music biz turned face of Country Life butter, picks up an Icon Award from the BMI at a ceremony in London, England, UK, Europe.
It is revealed, via an interview in Us magazine, that Lady Gaga plans to become the first professional musician to sing in space, a goal she hopes to achieve in early 2015 during a commercial flight on a Virgin Galactic ship travelling into sub-orbital space.
Gene Simmons of Kiss officates his first wedding, between Lee Samango and Michael Gottlieb at Rock And Brews, El Segundo, California, USA.
It is reported that a pine tree, planted in 2004 in Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California, USA, in honour of George Harrison, guitarist of The Beatles, has died as a result of an infestation by beetles.
Australian steeplechase runner Genevieve LaCaze invades the stage during Kylie Minogue's performance at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland. LaCaze manages to dance onstage for over a minute before security guards remove her. Other performers at the ceremony include Lulu, Deacon Blue, Prides and Jessica Mauboy.
It is reported that convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has written a song while in jail criticising his victims and describing them in insulting terms. The lawyers for his victims have now called for Harris to be denied parole.
District Judge George H. King in Los Angeles, California, USA, rules that the copyright originally filed by the Clayton F Summy Co in 1935 in respect of the song Happy Birthday To You applied to a specific arrangement of the song, not the tune itself or its lyric. As a result, performers can finally sing and record Happy Birthday without paying royalties.
The biographical book Seasick Steve - Ramblin' Man by Matthew Wright, is published by John Blake Publishing in the UK. The book focusses in considerable detail on the fact that 'authentic bluesman' Steve's perceived public identity is largely a sham, fancifully invented by Steve. Ten years younger than he claimed to be in media interviews, he was never an itinerant hobo bluesman. In reality, among other things, he played in a San Francisco-based hippy band, Shanti, and also in a disco combo called Crystal Glass. His 'real' name was not, as he said, Steven Gene Wold but Steve Leach.