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Icelandic rock band The Sugarcubes enter the UK singles chart for the fifth time with their latest single Hit. It will peak at No17, their highest-ever placing.
Nirvana appear on tv show Saturday Night Live in the USA, as their album Nevermind hits No1.
No Fences and Ropin' The Wind by Garth Brooks become the first country albums certified for shipments of 6m units in the USA. Sim ultaneously his self-titled LP is awarded triple-platinum status by the R.I.A.A.
Manic Street Preachers release a new single, You Love Us, in the UK.
Simply Red play the first of two nights at G-Mex, Manchester, England, UK.
Pearl Jam play in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Procol Harum play in Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
A commemorative Elvis Presley birthday stamp is issued in the USA. Many fans deliberately write invalid addresses on letters bearing the new stamp, so they will be returned marked 'Return To Sender', thus increasing their value to collectors.
On her Little Earthquakes tour, Tori Amos plays the second of two nights at The Shaw Theatre, London, England, UK.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at The Kongresshalle, Frankfurt, Germany, Europe.
Blues trio Hot Tuna, led by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, play at Mountain Stage, Charleston, West Virginia, USA.
Love/Hate release the album Wasted In America, on Columbia Records in the USA.
Sepultura play at Fryhuset, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
Helmet play at The 9.30 Club, Washington DC, USA.
Contemporary R'n'B and pop singer Alexis Jordan is born Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
Kiss begin a low-key tour of the USA at The Stone, San Francisco, California, USA.
The album Wish by The Cure enters the UK chart, where it will peak at No1.
Radiohead release an EP, The Drill, on EMI subsidiary Parlophone Records in the UK.
Ozric Tentacles play at Liverpool University, Liverpool, UK.
Free-form jazz saxophonist Charles Tyler dies aged 50 in Toulon, France.
Stefanie Sargent, guitarist of Seattle, Washington, girl grunge band 7 Year Bitch, dies of a heroin overdose, aged 24.
Lloyd's of London file a lawsuit in St. Louis County Circuit Court, St Louis, Missouri, USA, against Axl Rose and his band, Guns N' Roses. The suit arises out of a concert in Riverport Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, St. Louis, a year earlier which ended in a riot. Guns N' Roses then canceled upcoming concerts in Chicago and Kansas City, citing damage to equipment in the Riverport riot. When the band tried to collect on their insurance policy covering the costs of canceled performances, Lloyd's argued that they could have performed. The newly-filed lawsuit contends that Rose and other band members ''incited the crowd to riot against authorities and security and, in the midst of the performance, left the stage after urging the crowd to destroy the stage and equipment."
Frank Zappa, Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew and Joey Ramone of The Ramones are among musicians who condemn today's appointment of Al Gore as Bill Clinton's Presidential running mate in the USA. Their objections primarily focus on his wife, Tipper Gore, founder of the Parents Music Resource Centre, a pro-censorship body which forced record labels to put warning stickers on albums with content unsuitable for minors.
Fats Domino is the headline act on the closing night of the two-week long Jazz A Vienne Festival at Theatre Antique, Vienne, France.
Michael Jackson releases a new single, Who Is It, in the UK. It will peak at No10 in the UK singles chart.
Who Is It by Michael Jackson enters the UK Top 75 singles chart, where it will peak at No10.
It is reported in the UK press that Muslim community leaders are angered by The Orb's use of recordings of texts from The Koran during their live shows.
Sting marries Trudie Styler at Lake House, Great Durnford, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe. The Troggs play live, and The Police re-convene for a couple of songs.
Bruce Springsteen plays at The World Theater [later re-named The Tweeter Center, and then the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre], Chicago, Illinois, USA.
It is announced that Prince has negotiated a new contract with Warner Brothers, under which he will have his own label on which his name will be denoted only by a symbol.
Guns N' Roses and Metallica play the thirteenth show in a co-headlining 25-date US tour at The Astrodome, Houston, Texas, USA, with Faith No More as the opening act.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland, Europe.
When Nirvana play at the MTV Video Music Awards, bassist Krist Novoselic throws his instrument high into the air at the end of their performance of Lithium. Unfortunately, on its way back to earth, the instrument strikes him in the head and knocks him to the ground.
We Can't Dance by Genesis is certified as a triple platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Earl Van Dyke, known as 'the Chunk Of Funk' dies of prostate cancer in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Van Dyke was the keyboardist/leader of Motown Records' legendary sessions band, the Funk Brothers.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, Barcelona, Spain.
Guns N' Roses and Metallica play the twentieth show in a co-headlining 25-date US tour at The Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado, USA, with Faith No More as the opening act.
Pearl Jam play their long-awaited free gig, Drop In The Park, at Magnusson Park, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Madonna exposes her breasts in front of 6,000 people during an AIDS benefit show with Jean Paul Gaultier at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Also appearing as catwalk models in the show are singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The single My Name Is Prince by Prince peaks at No36 in the Billboard Singles Chart in the USA.
On the Creep tour, Radiohead play at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, Scotland, as support to Kingmaker.
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The soundtrack album to the movie The Bodyguard is released in the USA. It features six songs by Whitney Houston, plus several by other artists including Kenny G, Lisa Stransfield and Joe Cocker. Most significantly, it includes Houston's cover of the Dolly Parton song I Will Always Love You - an international No1 hit. It will become the first album to sell more than a million copies in a single week, and will go on to score over 42m copies worldwide.
Louisiana Red plays at The Corner House Hotel, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK.
Marion Montgomery plays the second of six nights at Ronnie Scott's Club, Soho, London, UK.
Pianist John Critchinson plays at the 606 Club, London, UK.
Ronnie Laws plays at Marcus Garvey, Nottingham, UK.
Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses causes a rumpus in the Hyatt Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America, by hugging a security guard in the lobby while completely naked.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the fourth of eight non-consecutive nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
While in Tokyo, Japan, during his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson visits Tokyo Disneyland, with his brother Tito Jackson's three children.
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