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.