2008 - The Eagles begin a world tour in support of Long Road Out of Eden with the first of five nights at London's O-2 Arena.
2003- The war in Iraq begins as the United States launches operation Iraqi Freedom. The pre-dawn air strike targets Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi leaders in Baghdad.
1996- The British government says a disease that killed 10 people is linked to "mad cow disease."
1995- A poisonous gas attack takes place on a Tokyo subway
1994- Concerned friends of Kurt Cobain hold a five-hour "tough love intervention" at his Seattle home.
1991- Eric Clapton's four-year-old son Conor falls to his death from a 53rd story apartment window in New York. The tragedy inspires "Tears in Heaven," that appears on his 1998 Pilgrim album.
1990- The L-A Lakers retire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's number, 33.
1990- Boston's Tom Scholz wins a $20-million lawsuit filed against him by C-B-S Records for allegedly breaching a contract that stipulated he deliver 10 albums in five years.
1976 - Patty Hearst is convicted of robbery.
1972- Ringo Starr releases his second Top 10 single, "Back Off, Boogaloo," produced by George Harrison.
1971- Janis Joplin gets a posthumous number-one as "Me and Bobby McGee" tops the Billboard chart.
1969- John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry in Gibraltar at 9:00 a-m after being refused permission to do so in Paris (because neither had lived there long enough). They also failed in their attempt to hold the ceremony aboard the ferry from England to France. Registrar Cecil Wheeler officiates at the wedding.
1968 - Eric Clapton and Buffalo Springfield's Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messina, are arrested in Los Angeles for "being at a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." Clapton is later found innocent, while the others pay small fines for the misdemeanor.
1967 - The Beatles' "Penny Lane" is certified gold.
2001- Aerosmith, Queen, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Ritchie Valens, Solomon Burke, The Flamingos and pianist Johnnie Johnson are inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
1999- Johnny Carson, 73, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery.
1998 - Major League Baseball approves Rupert Murdoch's purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers for a reported $350 million.
1988 - The Cult's drummer, Les Warner, quits when the rest of the English group moves to Los Angeles.
1982- Ozzy Osbourne Band guitarist Randy Rhoads, 25, dies after the pilot of a small airplane he's in flies low to buzz Osbourne's tour bus, then fails to regain height and crashes in a nearby woods.
1981 - Paradise Theater by Styx is certified platinum.
1977 - The last first-run episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show airs.
1976 - Former Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain dies of a drug overdose. He had been "asked" to leave the band a year earlier due to his drug problem.
1974- Paul Kantner and Grace Slick began their first tour as Jefferson Starship, with Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Craig Chaquico and Papa John Creach rounding out the lineup.
1968- Are You Experienced? by The Jimi Hendrix Experience is certified gold.
1964- The Beatles take a lunchtime break from filming A Hard Day's Night to accept the Show Business Personalities of the Year award from British Prime Minister Harold Wilson at London's Dorchester Hotel.
1964- Sean Connery begins shooting his role as "James Bond" in Goldfinger.
1962 - Bob Dylan's self-titled debut album is released.
1953- The Academy Awards are broadcast on television for the first time.
2002 - The 17th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee and Gene Pitney are the inductees.
2001- John Phillips, who sang, played guitar and wrote songs for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Mamas and the Papas, dies of heart failure in Los Angeles at 65.
2000- AC/DC make their first US network television appearance in over two decades when they perform on Saturday Night Live.
1994- The Rolling Stones announce that a former Sting sideman, bassist Darryl Jones, will replace Bill Wyman on the upcoming Voodoo Lounge album.
1978- The California Jam II festival is held in Ontario, California. A quarter of a million fans see Santana, Heart, Bob Welch, Aerosmith, Dave Mason and Ted Nugent.
1977- The Clash release their first single, "White Riot" backed with "1977," in the UK.
1977- The Eagles play New York's Madison Square Garden. Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood joins them for the encore.
1975 - The movie Tommy has its U-S debut at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed and Elton John head the cast of the film version of the rock opera.
1970- Country Joe McDonald is convicted of obscenity and fined 500 dollars for leading the audience at a Massachusetts concert in "The Fish Cheer."
1969- John Lennon and Yoko Ono are on the cover of Look magazine, with the caption "Beatle John and his girlfriend join forces and POW!" Inside, in dramatic contrast, there's an eight-page insert featuring the clean-cut Cowsills and recipes for milk-based party drinks (sponsored by the American Dairy Association).
1968- The Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the U-S, three days after putting it on sale in England.
1967 - "Penny Lane" becomes The Beatles' 13th number-one hit in America.
1965- Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman urinate on the wall of an English gas station after being denied permission to use the restroom. They are charged with "insulting behavior," tried and fined five pounds and court costs each.
2011 - Ronnie Hammond, who fronted Atlanta Rhythm Section on such'70s hits as "So Into You," "Imaginary Lover" and a re-make of The Classic IV's "Spooky," dies of diabetes at age 60.
2006 - Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen releases his first solo album in 13 years, Morph the Cat.
2005- U-2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, R-&-B legends The O'Jays and Percy Sledge are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1998 - Actor Christian Slater is released from jail after serving 59 days of a 90-day sentence for assault. 1997- President Bill Clinton rips ups his knee partying with golfer Greg Norman. 1992- The Soviet Union stops publishing Pravda, its official newspaper. 1982- Current Rod Stewart and ex-Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice holds a star-studded UNICEF benefit concert at New York's Savoy Theater
1981- Eric Clapton suffers an attack of bleeding ulcers in Saint Paul, Minnesota, causing him to cancel a 60-date US tour.
1980- Def Leppard releases its debut album, On Through the Night.
1972- Carole King is the big winner at the 14th annual Grammy Awards, sweeping Record of the Year ("It's Too Late"), Album of the Year (Tapestry), Song of the Year ("You've Got a Friend") and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female (Tapestry).
1971- Prior to moving to France to become tax exiles, The Rolling Stones say goodbye to England with a farewell concert at London's Roundhouse.
1964- Billboard claims that The Beatles are responsible for 60-percent of all current singles sales.
1964- Jack Ruby is sentenced to death for fatally shooting accused J-F-K assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas in front of a live national television audience.
1960 - Wilt Chamberlain scores an N-B-A playoff record 53 points in one game.
2006- The 21st annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The inductees are Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Sex Pistols, the late Miles Davis.
2006- The Allman Brothers Band celebrate the 35th anniversary of their classic Live at the Fillmore East album by playing it in its entirety during their 14-night run at the Beacon Theater in New York.
2006- Citing inappropriate ridicule of religious communities, Scientologist Isaac Hayes, who has voiced the character of "Chef" for most of the past decade, asks to be released from his contract with South Park and Comedy Central.
1988- Bob Seger gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1980 - Pink Floyd's The Wall is certified platinum in the midst of its 15-week stay at the top of Billboard's album chart.
1971- The Allmans Brothers Band record two more shows in New York for At Fillmore East.
1969- Creedence Clearwater Revival, who are climbing the charts with "Proud Mary," headline the Fillmore in San Francisco.
1966 - Rod Stewart leaves the group Steampacket to resume his solo career, but it will take successful stints with the Jeff Beck Group and The Faces before he will fully establish himself on his own.
1965- Jeff Beck is announced as Eric Clapton's replacement in The Yardbirds. Clapton goes on to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers before forming Cream.
1965- The Beatles encounter four-thousand fans as they arrive in Salzburg, Austria to film scenes for Help!
1930 - The discovery of the planet Pluto is announced.
1852- "Uncle Sam" debuts as a cartoon character in the New YorkLantern.
2008- Billy Crystal's hometown New York Yankees sign him to a one-day contract. He dons number-60 in spring training, two days before he actually turns 60.
2007- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Van Halen, The Ronettes, R-E-M, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and Patti Smith at its annual ceremony in New York. Atlantic Records founder Amhet Ertegun and James Brown are honored with posthumous tributes. Aretha Franklin performs a tribute to Ertegun.
2001- Talk show host Morton Downey Junior dies of lung cancer at age 67.
1998 - Astronomers cancel a warning that a mile-wide asteroid might collide with Earth saying that calculations had been off by 600,000 miles.
1997- U-2's Pop debuts at number-one on the Billboard 200, making it the group's fifth consecutive chart-topping album.
1983- U-2 tops the U-K album chart for the first time, as War enters at number-one.
1979 - The Doobie Brothers, climbing the charts with "What a Fool Believes," are profiled in People.
1974- John Lennon and Harry Nilsson are ejected from the Troubadour in West Hollywood for heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and assaulting a waitress and the Smothers Brothers' manager. Outside the club, Lennon scuffles with a photographer and allegedly tells a parking lot attendant, "Don't you know who I am? I'm Ed Sullivan!"
1971- The Allman Brothers Band record two shows in New York City for use on The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East album.
1969- George and Patti Harrison are busted after police find 120 joints at their Surrey (England) home. They are released on 200-pounds bond each.
1969- Paul McCartney marries American photographer Linda Eastman at the Marylebone [pr: MAR-lee-bone] Register Office in London. None of the other Beatles attends.
1965- The Rolling Stones release "The Last Time," which will be their second Top 10 U-S hit.
1965 - The Zombies audition in London for Otto Preminger's thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing. The director needed a rock and roll band for one of the scenes, and an executive from Decca, The Zombies' U-K label, recommended them.
2011- A massive earthquake just off the coast of northern Japan, destroys buildings and triggers a tsunami that kills thousands in the country’s Miyagi prefecture.
2011 - Stan Ross, co-owner of LA's famed Gold Star Recording Studios, dies at 82. Known for being ace producer Phil Spector's favorite studio, among the hits created there were Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," The Crystals' "He's a Rebel," Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" and Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth."
2007- Heaven and Hell -- better known as the Ronnie James Dio-era version of Black Sabbath -- kick off a tour in Vancouver, Canada.
2004- The California Supreme Court orders San Francisco to halt issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 2000 - KISS kick off their multi-year Farewell Tour in Phoenix, Arizona. 1997 - Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
1993- Janet Reno is unanimously confirmed by the Senate to become the first female Attorney General of the U-S.
1990- Lithuania proclaims its independence from the U-S-S-R.
1976- Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" is certified gold.
1972- Neil Young's Harvest album is number-one on Billboard's album chart.
1970- At the 12th annual Grammy Awards, The Fifth Dimension wins Record of the Year for "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In." Blood, Sweat & Tears takes Best Album, and Crosby, Stills & Nash are named Best New Artist.
1970 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release Deja Vu, the album which includes "Woodstock," "Teach Your Children" and "Our House."
1999 - New York Yankees baseball legend Joe DiMaggio dies in Hollywood, Florida at age 84.
1999- The Supreme Court upholds the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.
1999 - Forbes names Michael Jordan the most powerful celebrity on the planet.
1993- Beavis and Butt-head premieres on M-T-V as a series.
1987 - Bob Seger finishes what he calls at the time (but isn't) his "last tour ever" at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.
1978- Steely Dan's sixth album, Aja, becomes their first to go platinum. Two weeks later, their five-year-old second album, Countdown to Ecstasy, goes gold.
1977 - Foreigner's self-titled debut album is released.
1973 - Grateful Dead keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan dies of alcohol-related causes at age 27.
1973- Paul McCartney pleads guilty to growing marijuana on his Scottish farm and is fined 100 pounds (approximately $240).
1972- The Goodyear blimp flies for the first time.
1970- Ringo Starr finishes recording "It Don't Come Easy" at Trident Studios in London. George Harrison, who co-wrote and produced the song, plays guitar on it. The single won't be released for another 13 months.
1968 - Bill Graham opens the Fillmore East in New York City with a bill of Albert King, Tim Buckley and Big Brother and the Holding Company. (King also plays the venue's closing show, on June 27th, 1971.)
1965- The first U-S combat troops arrive in Vietnam.
1962- The Beatles make their television debut on the BBC program Teenager's Turn, performing Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby."
2007 - Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," The Ronettes' "Be My Baby," The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" and Paul Simon's album Graceland are among the 2007 additions to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
2004- David Crosby is arrested in New York on charges of possessing a gun and possessing a controlled substance.
2001- Aerosmith releases Just Push Play, the band's first studio album in four years.
2000 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts James Taylor, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Moonglows, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton (for his solo work).
1992 - After eight seasons, the last first-run episode of The Cosby Show airs.
1982 - With their debut, Beauty and the Beat, starting a six-week run at number-one on the Billboard album chart, The GoGo's become the first all-female rock group playing their own instruments to have a chart-topping album.
1981- Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time as anchorman of The C-B-S Evening News.
1979- The Doobie Brothers' Minute by Minute (which contains "What a Fool Believes") is certified platinum shipping over one-million copies.
1976- All 22 of the original Beatles singles, as well as the previously-unissued-on-seven-inch "Yesterday," are re-released in the UK. All 23 records chart simultaneously.
1975- Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti is certified gold.
1972- Five days after granting it, the New York Office of the Immigration Department does an about-face and cancels John Lennon's visa extension. The decision is supposedly due to his past drug charges in England. The case will drag on for four years until the ex-Beatle is granted permanent U-S residency.
1971 - Paul McCartney's first solo hit, "Another Day," enters the Billboard singles chart on its way to the Top 5.
1970- Charles Manson releases an album, Lie, to help finance his defense in the Tate-LaBianca murder case. The album cover uses a Life magazine cover of Manson, with the "f" deleted.
1966- A petition signed by five-thousand Beatles fans asking that Liverpool's Cavern Club be reopened is presented to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
1964- The Rolling Stones release their first American single, a cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away."
1960- The United States announces that it will send 3,500 troops to Vietnam.
2008- Aerosmith'sJoe Perry cancels two solo dates to undergo knee surgery.
2008- Scott Weiland pleads not guilty to driving under the influence of drugs after his arrest in Los Angeles in November 2007.
2004 - Martha Stewart is found guilty on all four counts in her obstruction of justice trial.
2004 - The National Enquirer reports that 26-year-old Ashton Kutcher is really 30.
2002 - The first episode of The Osbournes reality show airs on M-T-V. It goes on to become a national phenomenon.
1998- NASA announces that an space craft orbiting the Moon has detected enough water to support a human colony and rocket fueling station.
1998 - Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Eileen Collins is named pilot of the shuttle Columbia for a December 1998 mission. She is the first woman to command a U-S space flight.
1985- The T-V show Moonlighting, with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd, premieres oin A-B-C.
1984 - Quarterback Steve Young signs his first pro football contract-with the Los Angeles Express of the U-S-F-L.
1982- John Belushi dies of a drug overdose in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in LA.
1974- Gregg Allman's first solo album, Laid Back, is certified gold, fueling rumors that The Allman Brothers Band is breaking up.
1973- Ringo Starr begins recording the Ringo album. The future hits "Photograph" and "You're 16" are among the songs completed over the next three weeks.
1969- The first issue of Creem magazine hits newsstands.
1965- The Mannish Boys, a London band containing David Bowie (under his real name, David Jones), releases its first single, "I Pity the Fool," in the UK.
1965 - The Yardbirds release "For Your Love" in the UK, the same day Jeff Beck makes his live debut as the band's lead guitarist. The single, which becomes a Top 10 hit, was the impetus for blue purist Eric Clapton's departure from the band.
1956 - The Supreme Court affirms the ban on segregation in public schools. 1955- Elvis Presley makes his T-V debut on The Louisiana Hayride.
2008 - John Lennon is honored by ice cream maker Ben and Jerry's with the Imagine Whirled Peace flavor.
2004- Forbes magazine estimates that Mel Gibson will personally pocket 300-million dollars from The Passion of the Christ.
1997- U-2 release Pop. A week later it displaces Live's Secret Samadhi from number-one on the Billboard chart.
1996- The Beatles release "Real Love," the second single assembled by adding new backing voices and instrumentals to a John Lennon demo.
1980- The Rolling Stones release the compilation album Sucking in the '70s.
1973 - Pink Floyd start a three-week US tour in Madison, Wisconsin to promote their new album, The Dark Side of the Moon.
1971- The Rolling Stones kick off a 10-day British tour in Newcastle. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" leads off their show. Earlier in the day it's announced that members of the group would relocate to France as tax exiles.
1967- England's New Musical Express reports that Stevie Winwood and his brother Muff will leave The Spencer Davis Group after an April 2nd show.
1966- The Who release "Substitute" in the US, with revised lyrics ("I try walking forward but I keep going back") from the UK version (which goes, "I look all white but my dad was black").
1966- The Beatles stir up a worldwide controversy after John Lennon tells Maureen Cleave of the London Evening Standard that, "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus now." The remark, which many take to be blasphemous, spurs a huge backlash against the group.
1950 - Walt Disney's Cinderella opens in theaters.
1933 - In his inauguration speech, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt says, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."
2006 - Donald Fagen of Steely Dan embarks on his first-ever solo tour, starting things off in New Jersey.
2005- Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Rob Halford, Jools Holland and other members of the U-K music community are Queen Elizabeth's guests at a reception at Buckingham Palace. When Clapton is presented to the Queen, she asks if he's been "playing a long time." Clapton replies, "It must be 45 years now."
2001 - SurvivorMichael Skupin, a 38-year-old software publisher, collapses from smoke inhalation and severely burns his hands in a fire. His Kucha tribe members watch as he is airlifted from the Australian Outback. Skupin will not return to the show.
1998 - Joe Elliott and Rick Savage of Def Leppard open The Players Cafe, a sports-music bar and restaurant in their hometown of Sheffield, England.
1991- The Doors, directed by Oliver Stone and starring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, opens.
1991 - Metallica's Master of Puppets album is certified double-platinum.
1989- R-E-M begin their first arena tour, the Green World Tour, in Kentucky.
1980- Patti Smith marries former M-C-5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith in Detroit.
1975 - At the 17th annual Grammy Awards, Olivia Newton-John wins Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "I Honestly Love You."
1975- The Eagles' "Best of My Love" becomes the Hall of Fame band's first single to hit number-one.
1974- George Harrison becomes the first former Beatle to announce a US tour.
1970 - The Beatles are saluted by The Ed Sullivan Show as the Fab Four make their final appearance with the host who introduced them to America
1969- The Doors perform at Miami's Dinner Key Auditorium, a show at which Jim Morrison allegedly exposes himself. He is charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, open profanity and public drunkenness. After being convicted in March, 1970, he is sentenced to eight months hard labor and a $500 fine. The sentence is on appeal at the time of Morrison's death in July, 1971.
1961- President Kennedy establishes The Peace Corps.
2008 - Buddy Miles, who played drums in Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys, The Electric Flag and his own Buddy Miles Express dies of congestive heart failure.
2008- Mike Smith, the lead singer and keyboardist of The Dave Clark Five, dies less than two weeks before he was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was 64. Smith died from a chest infection -- a complication from the spinal cord injury he suffered in 2003 at his vacation home in Spain.
2005 - Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby is the big winner at the Oscars, hosted (for the first time) by Chris Rock.
1997- Divorce is legalized in Ireland.
1997- Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1990- The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping are indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
1981- The Police's third album, Zenyatta Mondatta, is certified gold.
1980 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers get their first platinum award, for a million copies of Damn the Torpedoes.
1977 - Canadian police raid Keith Richards' Toronto hotel suite and seize 22 grams of heroin, five grams of cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. Richards is arrested, charged with possession of heroin with intent to traffick and possession of cocaine. He is released on 25-thousand-dollars bail.
1974- Joni Mitchell's highest-charting album, Court and Spark, is certified gold. It will reach number-two on Billboard's album chart.
1974- The first issue of People magazine is published.
1971- Elton John begins recording the Madman Across the Water album at Trident Studios in London.
1970 - Simon & Garfunkel get a gold record for "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
1967- Pink Floyd record their first single, "Arnold Layne," in London. The record does well on the UK charts, but doesn't make a ripple in the US.
1963- The New York Yankees Mickey Mantle to a baseball contract for a then-staggering $100,000 a year.
1956 - Elvis Presley releases "Heartbreak Hotel."
1922 - The Supreme Court upholds the 19th Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote.