- 1902 - Son House (d. 1988)
- 1940 - Solomon Burke (d. 2010)
- 1943 - Vivian Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) (d. 1995)
- 1941 - John Boylan (75)
- 1945 - Rose Stone (Sly & the Family Stone) (71)
- 1946 - Ray Dorset (Mungo Jerry) (70)
- 1949 - Eddie Money (67)
- 1950 - Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) (66)
- 1951 - Russell Tompkins, Jr. (Stylistics) (65)
- 1951 - Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) (65)
- 1953 - Robert Johnson (K.C. & the Sunshine Band) (63)
- 1956 - Guy Chadwick (House of Love) (60)
- 1957 - John Reddington (King Kurt) (59)
- 1959 - Sarah Jane Morris (57)
- 1960 - Robert Sweet (Stryper) (56)
- 1967 - Maxim Reality (born Keith Palmer) (Prodigy) (49)
- 1967 - Jonas Berggren (Ace of Base) (49)
- 1967 - Sean Dickson (Soup Dragons) (49)
- 1968 - Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) (48)
- 1977 - Mark Hamilton (Ash) (39)
- 1980 - Deryck Whibley (Sum 41) (36)
- 1989 - Rochelle Humes (The Saturdays) (27)
- 1987 - Dean Martin, Jr. (Dino, Desi & Billy) - Plane Crash (36)
- 1991 - Leo Fender - Parkinson's Disease (92)
- 2005 - Bobby Short (80)
- 2011 - Loleatta Holloway - Heart failure (64)
- 2011 - Pinetop Perkins (97)
- 1952 - The Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock 'n' roll stage show, was held at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, OH. 20,000 tried to attend and authorities shut it down after the first song.
- 1955 - Johnny Cash auditioned for Sam Phillips who had him come back the next day to record Hey Porter.
- 1961 - The Beatles played their first show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
- 1964 - Judy Collins made her debut at Carnegie Hall.
- 1969 - John Lennon & Yoko Ono started their "bed-in."
- 1973 - The BBC banned all acts that appealed to teens on Top of the Pops after a riot broke out during a David Cassidy performance.
- 1976 - David Bowie and Iggy Pop were part of a drug bust in Rochester, NY.
- 1976 - Claudine Longet shot and killed her boyfriend Spider Sabich in Aspen, CO.
- 1980 - Hugh Cornwall of the Stranglers went to prison on a drug conviction.
- 1982 - Donny Osmond opened on Broadway in Little Johnny Johnson.
- 1984 - Central Park's Strawberry Fields was opened by Yoko Ono.
- 1987 - ZZ Top finished their Afterburner world tour in Honolulu, HI.
- 1989 - Dick Clark announced he would end his run as host of American Bandstand after 33 years.
- 1993 - Anne Murray was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
- 1996 - The Stone Roses guitarist John Squire quit the band.
- 1997 - Snoop Dogg was sentenced to three years probation and fined $1,000 on a firearms possession charge.
- 2000 - Soul Coughing broke up.
- 2003 - Matchbox Twenty postponed a European tour over fears of the U.S./Iraq war.
- 2003 - Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack was cleared of internet child porn charges.
- 2006 - Three daughters of South African songwriter Solomon Linda won a court case awarding them 25% of the royalties for the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight.
- 2008 - A settlement was reached between Mike Love and Al Jardine over the use of the Beach Boys' name which was owned by Love.
- 1963 - Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould
- 2003 - Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music) and Lucy Helmore
- 2009 - Natasha Bedingfield and Matthew Robinson
- 1939 - God Bless America - Kate Smith
- 1955 - Whole Lotta Shakin' - Big Maybelle
- 1970 - First Step - Faces
- 1970 - ABC - Jackson Five (single)
- 1983 - The Final Cut - Pink Floyd
- 1987 - With or Without You - U2 (single)
- 1989 - Like a Prayer - Madonna
- 1994 - Academy Awards
- Best Song From a Motion Picture - Streets of Philadelphia from Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
- 2005 - The Osbournes (MTV) - Final episode
- 2014 - CMT Crossroads (CMT) - Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1953 - The Doggie In the Window - Patti Page (8 weeks)
- 1964 - She Loves You - Beatles (2 weeks)
- 1981 - Keep On Loving You - R.E.O. Speedwagon (1 week)