- 1925 - Billy Grammer (d. 2011)
- 1926 - Phil Seaman (Ginger Baker's Airforce) (d. 1972)
- 1931 - John Perkins (Crew-Cuts) (85)
- 1937 - Clem Cattini (Tornados) (79)
- 1937 - Joe Osborn (Wrecking Crew) (79)
- 1942 - Ken Andrew (Middle of the Road) (74)
- 1942 - Sterling Morrison (Velvet Underground) (d. 1995)
- 1943 - Honey Lantree (Honeycombs) (73)
- 1943 - David Soul (73)
- 1948 - Danny Seraphine (Chicago) (68)
- 1949 - Hugh Cornwell (Stranglers) (67)
- 1949 - Martin Namble (Fairport Convention) (d. 1969)
- 1951 - Dave Hlubek (Molly Hatchett) (65)
- 1951 - Wayne Osmond (Osmond Brothers) (65)
- 1959 - Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction) (57)
- 1961 - Kim Appleby (Mel & Kim) (55)
- 1965 - Shania Twain (51)
- 1966 - Jerry Fehily (Hothouse Flowers) (50)
- 1969 - Jack Black (Tenacious D) (47)
- 1974 - Peter Turner (Elbow) (42)
- 1981 - Jake Owen (35)
- 1982 - LeAnn Rimes (34)
- 1986 - Florence Welch (Florence & the Machine) (30)
- 1989 - Cassadee Pope (27)
- 2007 - Hilly Kristal (owner of CBGB) (75)
- 2009 - DJ AM (born Adam Goldstein) - Drug overdose (36)
- 1963 - Peter, Paul & Mary played at a civil rights demonstration led by Martin Luther King, Jr.
- 1964 - The Beatles and Bob Dylan met for the first time in New York.
- 1964 - The Beatles were on the cover of Life Magazine.
- 1965 - The Rolling Stones announced that Allen Klein would co-manage the group with Andrew Long Oldham. The group also singed a new five-year contract with Decca Records in the U.K.
- 1965 - Bob Dylan opened a North American tour in New York. The new format was solo set first followed by an electric set with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm and Harvey Brooks.
- 1967 - The Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company played at the funeral for a Hell's Angel biker.
- 1970 - Elvis Presley played his last show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas under a death threat.
- 1972 - David Bowie and the Spiders From Mars did their first show at Carnegie Hall in New York.
- 1984 - The Jackson's Victory tour set a record for that day with 1.1 million tickets sold.
- 1986 - Tina Turner received her star on Hollywood Boulevard.
- 1988 - Kylie Minogue set a record as the biggest selling album by a female artist in Britain when Kylie passes the two million mark.
- 1995 - Oingo Boingo split.
- 1996 - Isaac Hayes demanded that presidential candidate Bob Dole stop using his song Soul Man with the words "I'm a Dole man."
- 1998 - Rapper Noreaga (N.O.R.E.) is sought by police for an assault after his show.
- 1998 - Johnny Rodriguez was arrested after shooting a friend in his home who he mistook for a burglar.
- 1999 - Cheep Trick played their 25th anniversary show in Rockford, IL.
- 2003 - The Polyphonic Spree was dropped by 679 Recordings.
- 2005 - Suge Knight was shot in the leg at a party hosted by Kanye West.
- 2005 - Art Garfunkel was charged with possession of marijuana.
- 2009 - Noel Gallagher quit Oasis
- 1953 - Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown
- 2009 - Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil
- 1947 - Here Comes Santa Claus - Gene Autrey
- 1968 - Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
- 1973 - Would You Lie Down With Me (In a Field of Stone) - Tanya Tucker
- 1961 - Please Mr. Postman - Marvelettes (debut single)
- 1978 - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo - Devo (debut album)
- 2003 - MTV Video Music Awards
- Video of the Year, Hip-Hop Video - Work It - Missy Elliott
- Male Video, Pop Video - Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
- Female Video, R&B Video - Crazy in Love - Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
- Group Video - The Scientist - Coldplay
- New Artist, Rap Video - In Da Club - 50 Cent
- Rock Video - Somewhere I Belong - Linkin Park
- Dance Video - Rock Your Baby - Justin Timberlake
- 2005 - MTV Video Music Awards
- Video of the Year, Group Video, Rock Video - Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
- Male Video - Jesus Walks - Kanye West
- Female Video, Pop Video - Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
- New Artist - Mr. Brightside - Killers
- R&B Video - Karma - Alicia Keys
- Rap Video - Number One Spot - Ludacris
- Hip-Hop Video, Dance Video - Lose Control - Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara and Fatman Scoop
- Viewer's Choice Award - American Idiot - Green Day
- 1963 - Ready, Steady, Go - Rolling Stones (first appearance)
Number Ones – U.S. Singles
- 1948 - Twelfth Street Rag - Pee Wee Hunt (6 weeks)
- 1961 - Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn) - Joe Dowell (1 week)
- 1993 - River of Dreams - Billy Joel (3 weeks)
- 2010 - Recovery - Eminem (2 weeks (5 previous weeks at number 1))
Number Ones – U.S. R&B Singles
- 1971 - Spanish Harlem - Aretha Franklin (3 weeks)
- 1976 - (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty - K.C. & the Sunshine Band (1 week)
- 1982 - Dance Floor, Part 1 - Zapp (2 weeks)
- 1993 - Right Here / Human Nature - SWV (7 weeks)
Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
- 1971 - Good Lovin' Makes It Right - Tammy Wynette (2 weeks)
- 1976 - (I'm a) Stand By My Woman Man - Ronnie Milsap (2 weeks)
- 1982 - Fool Hearted Memory - George Strait (1 week)
- 1993 - Can't Break It To My Heart - Tracy Lawrenece (1 week)
- 2010 - All About Tonight - Blake Shelton (3 weeks)
Number Ones – U.K. Singles
- 2005 - The Importance of Being Idle - Oasis
Number Ones – U.K. Albums
- No album hit number 1 in the U.K. on August 28.