1993- Frank Zappa dies of prostate cancer at his Los Angeles home.
1991 - Pan American World Airways ceases operations.
1988 - Roy Orbison gives his last concert, in Highland Heights, Ohio, two days before suffering a fatal heart attack.
1982 -University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker wins football's Heisman Trophy.
1980- In a press release, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones announce that they have decided not to continue as Led Zeppelin in the wake of John Bonham's death.
1976 - Former James Gang and Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin dies from a heroin overdose in a Miami hotel. He had been fronting his own band since Purple's July split.
1975 - KISS's fourth album, Alive!, becomes their fourth gold album.
1973 - Pioneer 10 reaches Jupiter.
1970- Supersession, an album documenting a jam session by Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills, is certified gold.
1969 - President Nixon, Vice-President Agnew and 40 U-S governors begin a fact-finding mission to discover the causes of the generation gap. They view films of "simulated acid trips" and listen to hours of "anti-establishment rock music."
1965 - The Grateful Dead play their first show under that name as part of a Ken Kesey Acid Test event in San Jose, California. They'd previously been known as The Warlocks.
1964 - Beatles for Sale, the group's fourth U-K album, is released. The album does not come in the U-S at the time. Instead, its 14 tracks are divided up on two albums that appear over the next six months -- eight on Beatles '65 and six on Beatles VI. It won't be released here in its original form until 1986.
1955- Carl Perkins is inspired to write "Blue Suede Shoes." Playing at a Jackson, Tennessee high school dance, the rockabilly star notices a teenage boy reprimand his date for stepping on his shoes. When he gets home, he jots his observations -- which will become the lyrics -- on a brown paper bag.
1945 - The Senate approves American participation in the United Nations.