2008- Heath Ledger dies of an accidental drug overdose in New York City at age 28.
1991 – Neil Young & Crazy Horse kick off a three-month tour at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
1990- Switchboards at A-B-C T-V light up with angry calls during the American Music Awards when Guns n' Roses guitarist Slash swears repeatedly during the group's acceptance speech.
1988 - Mike Tyson knocks out Larry Holmes to retain the world heavyweight title.
1984- Apple introduces the Macintosh, the first computer to use point-and-click technology.
1983- Nine reissued singles by The Jam appear on the U-K charts simultaneously. The group, however, sticks to its announced plans to break up.
1983 - Bjorn Borg, who set a record by winning five consecutive Wimbledon championships, retires from tennis.
1977- Wings Over America hits the top spot on the U-S album chart, displacing The Eagles'Hotel California.
1973 - Elton John releases Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player
1973- The Rolling Stones give what proves to be guitarist Mick Taylor's last U-S concert with the band at the International Sports Center in Honolulu. Coincidentally, his predecessor, Brian Jones, made his final U-S appearance with the Stones in the same city!
1973 - Former president Lyndon B. Johnson dies of a heart attack at age 64.
1973 - In H-B-O's first televised boxing match, three-to-one underdog George Foreman takes the world heavyweight boxing championship from Joe Frazier.
1973 - The Supreme Court hands down its decision in Roe versus Wade, which effectively legalizes abortion.
1972- In an interview with England's Melody Maker, David Bowie announces that he's bisexual.
1971- The Joe Cocker concert film Mad Dogs and Englishmen debuts in London.
1968 - The Beatles' company, Apple Corps, opens its headquarters at 95 Wigmore Street in London.
1965- The Rolling Stones kick off an Australian tour in Sydney.
1961- Wilma Rudolph sets a world indoor record in the women's 60-yard dash. She runs the race in 6.9 seconds.