- 1924 - Henry Mancini (d. 1994)
- 1924 - Rudy Pampilli (Bill Haley & the Comets) (d. 1976)
- 1929 - Roy Hamilton (d. 1969)
- 1929 - Ed Townsend (d. 2003)
- 1930 - Herbie Mann (d. 2003)
- 1933 - Perry Botkin, Jr. (83)
- 1935 - Bobby Vinton (81)
- 1935 - Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler (d. 1994)
- 1937 - Vince Hill (79)
- 1939 - Dusty Springfield (d. 1999)
- 1943 - Dave Peverett (Savoy Brown) (73)
- 1945 - Stefan Grossman (71)
- 1947 - Gerry Rafferty (d. 2011)
- 1951 - John Bentley (Squeeze) (65)
- 1953 - Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) (63)
- 1956 - Stephen Singleton (ABC) (60)
- 1962 - Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) (54)
- 1963 - Jimmy Osmond (53)
- 1963 - Nick Berry (53)
- 1964 - Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) (52)
- 1970 - Gabrielle (born Louise Bobb) (46)
- 1971 - Selena (born Selena Quintanilla-Perez) (d. 1995)
- 1973 - Akon (born Aliaune Thiam) (43)
- 1983 - Marié Digby (33)
- 1999 - Skip Spence (Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape) - Lung cancer (52)
- 1965 - The Hollies kicked off their first U.S. tour in New York.
- 1969 - Elektra Records dropped the MC5 after they took out an ad in a newspaper swearing at a Michigan department store who refused to stock their records.
- 1972 - The Electric Light Orchestra made their live debut in Croydon, London, U.K.
- 1974 - Queen played their first U.S. show in Denver, CO.
- 1976 - Aerosmith opened their North American Rocks tour in St. Louis, MO.
- 1990 - Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Simple Minds, Tracy Chapman and more play Wembley Stadium to celebrate Nelson Mandella's release from jail.
- 1993 - David Lee Roth was arrested in New York City for buying a bag of marijuana.
- 1993 - Billy Burnette said he was leaving Fleetwood Mac to work on his solo career.
- 1993 - Earth Day was celebrated at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Don Henley and Steve Miller.
- 1994 - Toby Keith broke his right ankle while playing in a University of Oklahoma alumni football game.
- 1995 - George Michael angers the people at Sony when he allows Jesus to a Child to be aired for charity, raising $112,000.
- 1996 - KISS announced that they would do a reunion tour complete with makeup.
- 1997 - Mark Morrison was convicted of threatening an officer with a stun gun.
- 1998 - Janet Jackson opened her Velvet Rope world tour in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
- 1999 - Sean "Puffy" Combs turned himself into New York police over an alleged attack on an Interscope executive.
- 1999 - Shania Twain was the first woman ever given songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association.
- 2003 - Luther Vandross entered the hospital after a stroke.
- 2003 - Sam Fogarino of Interpol was taken to a New York hospital after losing the feeling in his arm.
- 2010 - Alan Jackson received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 2011 - It was Jimmy Buffett Day in the state of Florida.
- 1994 - Harry Connick, Jr. and Jill Goodacre
- 1996 - Judy Collins and Louis Nelson
- 1997 - Vince Gill and Janice Gill (Janice filed for divorce)
- 2003 - Jerry Lee Lewis and Kerrie McCarver Lewis (filed for divorce, sixth marriage)
- 1964 - Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
- 1956 - Blue Days, Black Nights - Buddy Holly (debut single)
- 1964 - Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones (U.K. release debut album)
- 1971 - Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones (U.K. single release, first on their own Rolling Stones label)
- 1981 - I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool - Barbara Mandrell (single)
- 1957 - 77 Sunset Strip (ABC) - Ed Byrnes (debut)
- 1963 - The 625 Show (BBC) - Beatles (first appearance on the BBC)
- 1973 - James Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Wings
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1977 - Don't Give Up On Us - David Soul (1 week)
- 1966 - Going Places - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (5 weeks, 1 week previously at number 1)
- 1977 - Hotel California - Eagles (5 weeks, 1 week previously at number 1)
- 1994 - Longing In Their Hearts - Bonnie Raitt (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1954 - Secret Love - Doris Day (1 week)
- 1977 - Arival - ABBA (9 weeks)
- 1983 - Faster Than the Speed of Night - Bonnie Tyler (1 week)