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Births
1938 Chas Chandler, bass, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun'). Chandler became the manager of Jimi Hendrix and Slade, he died on 17th July 1996.

1941 Sam Andrews, Janis Joplin Band, (1971 US No.1 single 'Me And Bobby McGee', 1971 US No.1 single 'Pearl').

1943 Keith Richards, 'The Human Riff', guitar, vocals, The Rolling Stones, (1969 UK & US No.1 single 'Honky Tonk Women' and over 35 other Top 40 singles and albums). Solo, (1988 album 'Talk Is Cheap').

1948 Bill Nelson, guitar, vocals, Be Bop Deluxe, (1976 UK No.23 single, 'Ships In The Night'). Solo.

1950 Martha Johnson, Martha And The Muffins, (1980 UK No.10 single, 'Echo Beach').

1953 Elliot Easton, The Cars, (1978 UK No.3 single 'My Best Friend's Girl', 1985 UK No.4 single 'Drive').

1958 Geordie, Killing Joke, (1985 UK No.16 single 'Love Like Blood').

1959 Grant Marshall, Daddy-G, Massive Attack, (1991 UK No.13 single 'Unfinished Sympathy').

1964 Robson Green, actor/singer, (1995 UK No.1 single as Robson and Jerome'Unchained Melody', 'The White Cliffs Of Dover').

1966 Steve Dullaghan, Primitives, (1988 UK No.5 single 'Crash').

1968 Andy Miller, Dodgy, (1996 UK No.4 single 'Good Enough').

1970 DMX, (Earl Simmons), US rapper, (UK No. 30 single 'Slippin').

1980 Christina Aguilera, US singer, (1999 US & UK No.1 single 'Genie In A Bottle', 1999 US No.1 album 'Christina Aguilera', 2001 US & UK No.1 single with Mya, Lil' Kim and Pink, 'Lady Marmalade').

1980 Lyndsay Armaou, singer, B*Witched, (1998 UK No.1 single 'C'est La Vie').


Deaths
1737 Antonio Stradivari, died in Cremona, Italy. He is recognized as the most renowned violin maker in history.

2001 Singer songwriter Clifford T. Ward died aged 57 after suffering from multiple sclerosis since 1984. He had the 1973 UK No.8 single 'Gaye'.


Events
1934 Willie Smith sang with Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra on "Rhythm is Our Business."

1961 Britain's EMI Records rejected the Beatles. They later signed them.

1961 The Tokens started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'; it reached No.11 in the UK. REM included a live version of the song on the 1993 'Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight' single.

1962 On their fifth visit to West Germany The Beatles played the first night of a two-week engagement at the Star-Club, Hamburg. A 13 night run, playing 3 hours each night. The final night's performance was recorded and became known as 'The Star-Club Tapes', released in 1977 against the wishes of the ex-Beatles themselves.

1964 Funeral services were held in Chicago for Sam Cooke.

1965 U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler recorded "Ballad of the Green Berets.

1970 Appearing at The Town Hall, Birmingham, Pink Floyd, tickets 60p.

1971 Sly and the Family Stone went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'There's A Riot Going On'.

1971 Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Myra Brown were divorced. They were married when she was 13 years old.

1972 Bob Dylan starting filming his role in the film 'Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid.'

1975 Rod Stewart announced that he was leaving Faces for a solo career.

1979 Joy Division played what would be their only ever gig in Paris when the appeared at Les Bains Club.

1981 About 35 million people watched a Rod Stewart concert via satellite. The broadcast was televised in 23 countries.

1982 Hall and Oates started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Maneater', the duo's 5th US No.1 and biggest hit in the UK making No.6.

1982 Renee And Renato were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Save Your Love', the duo's only UK Top 40 hit and this years Christmas No.1.

1983 Jimmy Nolan, former guitarist with James Brown, died of a heart attack aged 47.

1983 Keith Richards and model Patti Hansen were married.

1984 Madonna's "Like a Virgin was the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit. The song was Madonna's first No. 1 hit.

1988 Mike Peters of The Alarm was rushed to hospital after having his eyes burnt by spotlights during a gig in Chester, causing the remaining dates on their UK tour to be cancelled.

1993 Take That had their third UK No.1 single with 'Babe'.

1997 Tori Amos, offered 14 music videos, including a rare clip of "Cornflake Girl," for viewing over the Internet as part of a holiday charity effort for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Users were allowed access to the clips for a four week period in exchange for a donation of $5.

1999 Prince recorded "Rave Un2 The Joy 2000" at Paisley Park Studios.

1999 The Spice Girls unveiled their waxwork look-alikes at Madame Tussaud's, London. Each model had cost L35,000 to make.

2000 UK singer, songwriter Kirsty MacColl was killed in a boating accident off the coast of Mexico when a speedboat hit her. MacColl was aged 41.

2000 *NSYNC fan Danielle McGuire filed suit against group member Justin Timberlake, alleging that he harassed and verbally assaulted her. McGuire, 15, filed suit in St. Louis, Missouri, charging Timberlake with false imprisonment of a minor.

2001 Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) won a court battle with ex-wife Pamela Anderson. Anderson had filed the suit to gain full custody of the couple's two children. The judge denied a request by Anderson's lawyers to require monitoring of Lee's visits.

2003 In Santa Maria, CA, Michael Jackson was charged with seven counts of molesting a child under 14 and two counts of supplying the child with "an intoxicating agent." Jackson's lawyer denounced the allegations and said they were driven by money and revenge.

2003 Out on bail, Michael Jackson was formally charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering intoxicating liquor to a minor with the intent of committing a crime. The abuse was claimed to have taken place between 7 February and 10 March 2003 and the alleged victim was identified only as 'John Doe'. Jackson's lawyer said the entertainer was 'unequivocally and absolutely innocent' and would fight the charges 'with every fibre of his soul.'

2003 James Brown and country music star Loretta Lynn were honoured for their contributions to US culture. The pair were invited to a gala attended by President George Bush at the Kennedy Arts Centre in Washington.

2004 A guitar played by George Harrison and John Lennon sold for Ł294,000 ($570,000) at auction in New York. The Gibson SG guitar was used by Harrison from 1966 to 1969, including the recording of Revolver, and by Lennon during White Album sessions. Other items sold in the Christie's auction included a letter by Kurt Cobain, which fetched Ł10,000 ($19,400), and a school book report by Britney Spears (Ł1,000).

2005 Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs after being stopped by police in east London. Police said the 26-year-old had been driving erratically. Officers sent suspicious substances found in the vehicle for analysis, Doherty was released on bail.
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