- 1939 - Billy "Crash" Craddock (77)
- 1941 - Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland) (75)
- 1942 - Eddie Levert (O'Jays) (74)
- 1942 - John Rostill (Shadows) (d. 1973)
- 1946 - Iain Matthews (70)
- 1949 - Peppy Castro (Blues Magoos) (67)
- 1950 - James Smith (Stylistics) (66)
- 1952 - Gino Vannelli (64)
- 1953 - Ian Mosley (Marillion) (63)
- 1954 - Garry Roberts (Boomtown Rats) (62)
- 1969 - MC Ren (born Lorenzo Patterson) (N.W.A.) (47)
- 1971 - Tupac Shakur (d. 1996)
- 1981 - Ben Kweller (35)
- 1982 - Matt Costa (34)
- 1987 - Diana DeGarmo (29)
- 1990 - John Newman (26)
- 1991 - Joe McElderry (25)
- 1980 - Bob Dolan (Sons of the Pioneers) - Heart attack (72)
- 1982 - John Honeyman-Scott (Pretenders) - Heart failure from cocaine intolerance (25)
- 1991 - Vicki Brown (Vernon Girls) - Breast cancer (50)
- 1994 - Kristen Pfaff (Hole) - Acute opiate intoxication (27)
- 1996 - Anthony Armstrong Jones (47)
- 1997 - John Wolters (Dr. Hook) - Liver cancer (52)
- 1999 - Screaming Lord Sutch - Suicide (58)
- 2004 - Ben Shabalala (Ladysmith Black Mambazo) - Shot
On This Day:
- 1966 - Cliff Richard joined Billy Graham on stage in London to talk about his newly discovered Christian faith.
- 1967 - Barbara Streisand performed her A Happening in Central Park concert.
- 1967 - One week after the KFRC festival, the Monterey Pop Festival is held, firmly establishing the concept of the Rock Festival. Performers over three days include the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Burdon & The Animals, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.
- 1967 - The movie Hell on Wheels starring Marty Robbins premiers.
- 1970 - Woodstock Ventures announced that they had lost more than $1.2 million on the festival.
- 1972 - The New York Jazz Museum opened.
- 1975 - John Lennon filed suit against the U.S. government saying they had selectively prosecuted him to deny his immigration.
- 1977 - Beatlemania opened on Broadway.
- 1978 - The film Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, premiered.
- 1980 - The film The Blues Brothers premiered in Chicago.
- 1982 - Donny Van Zant of .38 Special was arrested during the group's concert in Tulsa, OK for drinking in a public place.
- 1989 - Smokey Robinson branched out by introducing a new women's fragrance.
- 1995 - Pearl Jam began a new tour with ticketing handled outside the industry standard Ticketmaster.
- 1996 - The two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert is held in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. Over 100,000 attend. Artists included Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, and Richie Havens.
- 1998 - The Recording Academy announced that the Grammys would return to Los Angeles after two years in New York.
- 1998 - The Country Music Association is given the Spirit of Hope Award by the USO for the many country artists who have entertained U.S. troops over the years.
- 1999 - Cher began her 122-date Believe tour in Phoenix, AZ.
- 1999 - Phil Collins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 1999 - Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and Johnny Bond were named to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- 2000 - A member of Snoop Dogg's crew was arrested on the first night of his Up in Smoke tour when marijuana is smelled on the tour bus by a border patrol agent.
- 2000 - Charley Pride and Faron Young were named to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- 2005 - Motorhead celebrated their 30th anniversary in London.
- 2008 - Coldplay kicked off their 161-date Viva la Vida tour in London.
- 1989 - Hugh Laurie and Jo Green
- 2007 - Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster
- 1978 - The Gambler - Kenny Rogers, All I Ever Need is You - Kenny Rogers and Dottie West
- 1969 - Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart
- 1971 - Love Letters From Elvis - Elvis Presley
- 1972 - Roxy Music - Roxy Music
- 1980 - Come Upstairs - Carly Simon
- 1981 - Made in America - Carpenters
- 1983 - Old Wave - Ringo Starr
- 1986 - The Queen is Dead - Smiths
- 1995 - HIStory - Michael Jackson
- 1997 - O.K. Computer - Radiohead
- 1998 - The Philosopher's Stone - Van Morrison
- 1965 - Shindig - Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Gerry & the Pacemakers, P.J. Proby, Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, Petula Clark, Dick and Dee Dee, Everly Brothers, Billy Preston, Gary Brento Weis, Wellingtons
- 1966 - Where the Action Is - Bobby Goldsboro, Sunrays
- 1976 - The Jacksons - Premier of summer variety show which ran for four weeks.
- 1978 - Midnight Special - Mac Davis (host), Andrew Gold, Johnny Paycheck, Todd Rundgren, Rod Stewart
- 2002 - CMT Crossroads - Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow
Number Ones - U.S. Singles:
- 1956 - The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant (6 weeks)
- 1979 - Hot Stuff - Donna Summer (2 weeks (1 previous week at number 1))
- 1990 - It Must Have Been Love - Roxette (2 weeks)
- 1979 - Bad Girls - Donna Summer (1 week)
- 2007 - Double Up - R. Kelly (1 week)
Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles:
- 1979 - Ring My Bell - Anita Ward (5 weeks)
- 1984 - Let's Hear It For the Boy - Deniece Williams (2 weeks)
- 1990 - Tomorrow (A Better You, A Better Me) - Quincy Jones Featuring Tevin Campbell
Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles:
- 1945 - Shame on You - Spade Cooley (2 weeks (6 previous weeks at number 1))
- 1973 - Kids Say the Darndest Things - Tammy Wynette (1 week)
- 1984 - I Got Mexico - Eddy Raven (1 week)
- 2001 - Grown Men Don't Cry - Tim McGraw (1 week)
- 2007 - Moments - Emerson Drive (1 week)
Number Ones - U.K. Singles:
- 1973 - Can the Can - Suzi Quatro (1 week)
- 1979 - Ring My Bell - Anita Ward (2 weeks)
- 1984 - Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood (9 weeks)
- 2002 - A Little Less Conversation - Elvis Presley & XML (4 weeks)
Number Ones - U.K. Albums:
- 1979 - Discovery - Electric Light Orchestra (5 weeks)