2011 - Keith Richards was presented with the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography, an award given for his million-selling memoir Life.
2008 - AC/DC starts a two-week run at #1 in the US with Black Ice.
2005 - The original "Guitar Hero" game was released in North America.
2002 - Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
1995 - Sony gets control to the publishing rights to many Beatles songs when Michael Jackson merges his ATV Music Publishing with Sony Music Publishing in a deal estimated at $600 million.
1987 - U2 plays a free "Save the Yuppie" concert at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco.
1986 - Metallica performed their first live concert with Jason Newsted.
1986 - "Amanda" by Boston hits #1 in America for the first of two weeks.
1975 - David Bowie makes his US television debut on the CBS variety show Cher, performing "Fame."
1975 - John Lennon names his good friend Elton John the godfather of his new son, Sean.
1974 - The LP Elton John's Greatest Hits was released.
1973 - David Bowie is presented with an award for selling over a million singles as well as a million albums in the UK at the BBC's Top Of The Pops
1971 - Paul McCartney throws a party at London's Empire Ballroom to officially launch his new group, Wings.
1971 - Led Zeppelin IV - the one with "Stairway To Heaven" - is released.
1970 - Jim Morrison makes the spoken-word recordings which would later become the basis of the group's album An American Prayer.
1969 - The Rolling Stones break the Los Angeles concert gross record held by The Beatles since 1966.
1968 - John Lennon's divorce from first wife Cynthia is finalized.
1961 - Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein calls Liverpool's Cavern Club to ask when The Beatles will next be performing, with the intent of seeing if their live show matches their reputation.