1991 - KLSK FM, Albuquerque, NM radio station, played the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway To Heaven" over and over for 24 hours, more than 200 times, to inaugurate a format change to classic rock. There were hundreds of angry calls and letters. Police show up with guns drawn after a listener reports that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack, later because of suspicion that - this being eight days into the Gulf War - the radio station had been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Zeppelin freak Saddam Hussein. Weirdest of all, lots of listeners don't move the dial: "Turns out a lot of people listened to see when we would finally stop playing it."
1990 - Allen Collins (original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist), a survivor of their 1977 plane crash, dies of pneumonia - a complication of paralysis caused by a 1986 car accident.
1986 - The first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.
1978 - Terry Kath (guitarist for Chicago) dies at age 31 when he accidentally shoots himself in the head.
1966 - Jim Morrison arrested for kissing a young woman. But was really just a way for police to get to the bottom of a suspected murder that supposedly occurred weeks before.
1956 - Rock 'n' Roll fans in Cleveland, Ohio who were under 18 were banned from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult after Ohio Police started enforcing a law dating back to 1931.
1953 - Robin Zander (lead singer of Cheap Trick) is born in Beloit, Wisconsin.