2008 - The Rolling Stones attend the premiere of their Martin Scorsese-directed Shine a Light concert film at Germany's Berlin Film Festival.
2006 - Grammy Special Merit Awards are handed out in L-A. Among the honorees are David Bowie and Cream.
2001- Citing irreconcilable differences, Tom Cruise files for divorce from Nicole Kidman.
2000- Lonesome Dave Peverett, the singer-guitarist who founded and led Foghat, dies of cancer. He was 56.
1993- Neil Young tapes (actually, retapes) MTV Unplugged at Universal Studios in LA. Young had taped the show the previous December in New York, but wasn't happy with his performance. This one actually airs.
1988- Mike Tyson marries Robin Givens.
1983- Led Zeppelin's Coda album gets gold and platinum sales awards.
1980 - In Los Angeles, Pink Floyd play their first concert to feature The Wall.
1979 - At LA's Record Plant, Stephen Stills becomes the first rock performer to record on digital equipment, although the session is never released. Ry Cooder, who later becomes the first rocker to release a digitally recorded record, claims the process ruined his album.
1971- James Taylor, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Tony Joe White tape a TV special with Johnny Cash in Nashville. Johnny Cash on Campus airs 10 days later.
1966 - America's first serious rock music magazine, Paul Williams' Crawdaddy, is published for the first time.
1964- Thousands of Beatlemaniacs greet The Beatles at New York's Kennedy Airport, where they set foot on American soil for the first time, in order to make their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance. On the same day, Baskin-Robbins introduces "BeatleNut" ice cream.
1962 - The U-S government bans all Cuban imports and the re-export of U-S products to Cuba from other countries.
1959 - A thousand mourners attend Buddy Holly's funeral at Lubbock City Cemetery in Texas.
1922- Reader's Digest magazine is published for the first time.