2008 - Metallica headlines the first day of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.
2008 - N-B-C newsman Tim Russert dies of a heart attack at age 58.
2008- Sean Connery tumbles during a golf game at an exclusive Westchester, New York country club and chips a bone in his shoulder.
2007- Rush kick off their Snakes and Arrows tour in Atlanta.
2005 - The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey do their first-ever acoustic show, delivering a 50-minute set at a benefit at Gotham Hall in New York.
2005- Tom Cruise's girlfriend Katie Holmes says she's converting to Scientology.
2002- Sting, Michael Jackson, Randy Newman, Barry Manilow and Ashford & Simpson are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York.
2000- Eric Clapton and B-B King release their collaborative album, Riding With the King.
1997Jurors in Oklahoma City sentence terrorist bomber Timothy McVeigh to death.
1970 - Former Chicken Shack singer-pianist Christine McVie, known as Christine Perfect, releases a solo album and announces her retirement from music. Within the year she will join her husband, John McVie, in Fleetwood Mac.
1970- The Beatles top both the (U-S) album and singles charts with Let It Be and "The Long and Winding Road"--their 20th and last number-one single.
1969- Guitarist Mick Taylor, formerly of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, is named to replace Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones.
1966- The Supreme Court issues its landmark "Miranda" decision, which obliges policemen to read arrested persons their constitutional rights.
1964 The Rolling Stones sing "I Just Want to Make Love to You" on A-B-C's Hollywood Palace. The show's host, Dean Martin jokes rudely about their appearance, but the rockers can't respond onstage as their segment had been pre-recorded.
1948- Babe Ruth's number, three, is retired as he makes his final appearance at Yankee Stadium.
2011- The Dallas Mavericks are NBA champs four-games-to-two over LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
2011- Saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band suffers a stroke at his Singer Island, Florida home. (He'll die 6 days later in a Palm Beach hospital.)
2008 - Oprah Winfrey tops Forbes magazine's list of the world's most powerful celebrities for the second straight year, having earned a cool 275-million dollars.
2007 - The Rolling Stones release the concert D-V-D The Biggest Bang as an exclusive to Best Buy stores.
2006- Super Bowl-winning Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffers a serious head injury when the motorcycle he's riding collides with a car in Pittsburgh.
1999 - The Allman Brothers begin their 30th anniversary tour outside Denver.
1994- Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside her home in Los Angeles. Her estranged husband, O-J Simpson, is tried and acquitted for the killings, but he is held liable for their deaths in a civil suit.
1991- Michael Jordan wins his first N-B-A championship, as the Chicago Bulls defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
1982 - A million people, including Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, attend a nuclear disarmament rally in New York City.
1981 - Raiders of the Lost Ark opens.
1975- Almost five years after her death, JanisJoplin's Greatest Hits, released in 1973, is certified gold.
1973- Grand Funk records "We're An American Band" at Criteria Studios in Miami with Todd Rundgren producing.
1972- John Lennon and Yoko Ono release Some Time in New York City.
1972 - Mardi Gras, Creedence Clearwater Revival's final studio album, is certified gold.
1967 - The Beach Boys start working on vocals for "Heroes and Villains."
1965- The Beatles are inducted into the Order of the British Empire. While rock and roll fans applaud the move, others are outraged. Canadian legislator Hector Dupuis, a previous honoree, decries being "placed on the same level as vulgar nincompoops," and some previous M-B-E winners return their medals in protest.
1964 - The Zombies record "She's Not There."
1939- The National Baseball Hall of Fame is dedicated at Cooperstown, New York, one hundred years after Abner Doubleday invented the game.
1999 - DeForest Kelley, Star Trek's "Doctor McCoy," dies of stomach cancer at 79.
1990 - The Supreme Court overturns as unconstitutional the law that bans the burning of the American flag.
1982 - The Steven Spielberg movie E-T: The Extra-Terrestrial opens in theaters nationwide.
1981 - For the first time in history, Major League players go on strike during the baseball season.
1979- John Wayne dies of lung and stomach cancer in Los Angeles at 72.
1978 - The Rolling Stones release Some Girls.
1977- The Electric Light Orchestra releases the single "Telephone Line."
1977 - The Exodus album by Bob Marley and The Wailers enters the U-K album chart.
1972- Hank Aaron ties the National League record for grand slams (14).
1969- David Bowie's single of "Space Oddity" is released. A month later, the BBC uses the song as the theme for their Apollo 11 coverage.
1969- The Beatles have their final number-one U-K hit, "The Ballad of John and Yoko." ("Let It Be" peaked there at number-two, and "The Long and Winding Road" was not issued as a British single.)
1966 - European radio stations report that Roger Daltrey of The Who has died. In fact, Pete Townshend had been injured in a car accident.
1966 - Texas singer Janis Joplin makes her debut with Big Brother and the Holding Company in San Francisco.
1966- The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" becomes the 200th song to top Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
1965 - The announcement that The Beatles will receive MBE (Member of the British Empire) awards from Queen Elizabeth sparks controversy and results in some previous winners turning their medals in. John Lennon will return his in 1969 to protest Britain's support of U-S involvement in Vietnam.
1965- The Rolling Stones release their first live album, Got Live If You Want It.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King Junior is arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.
1950- Golfer Ben Hogan, after recovering from a near-fatal car wreck, wins the U-S Open.
2008 - Chuck Berry tells Reuters he's backing Barack Obama for president. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says, "America has finally come to this point where you can pick a man of color and that not be a drawback." He calls Obama's clinching the Democratic nomination "definitely a proud and successful moment for all the people of this country -- not just black people, but Americans in general."
2007 - The Sopranos ends not with a bang, but with a fade-to-black in a New Jersey diner.
2003- A robot rover named Spirit takes off for Mars from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1986 - Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof is knighted in recognition of his efforts to help starving Africans through Live Aid.
1983 - Stevie Nicks releases her Wild Heart album,
Although the single is banned from the airwaves and several major chains in Great Britain, The
1977 - Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" hits number-two on the U-K chart.
1975 - The Eagles release their fourth album, One of These Nights.
1971- A Jethro Tull concert in Denver is marred by police, who fire tear gas to quiet the crowd. Tull play on even though keyboardist John Evan can't see his piano through the tear gas.
1968- The Jimi Hendrix Experience begin recording what will become the Electric Ladyland album at New York's Record Plant.
1967 - Bob Dylan and The Band begin the informal Woodstock jams that will, many years and bootlegs later, be released as The Basement Tapes.
1966- "Rain," the first Beatles song to use backwards tape effects, is released as the B-side of "Paperback Writer."
1965- The first Subway sandwich shop opens.
1964- The Rolling Stones meet two of their blues idols, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters, during a recording session for "It's All Over Now" at Chicago's Chess studios.
1940- Italy declares war on France and Britain. Canada declares war on Italy.
1935 - Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Ohio.
1934 - Abraham Zimmerman and Beatrice Stone are married in Duluth, Minnesota. Their son, born just under seven years later, becomes Bob Dylan.
1692 - The first "witch" is hanged in Salem, Massachusetts.
2008- Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones join Foo Fighters at London's Wembley Stadium to perform "Rock 'n' Roll" and "Ramble On."
2005- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with special guests The Black Crowes, kick off their summer tour in Estero, Florida.
1982- ElvisPresley's Graceland mansion opens to the public and soon becomes the top tourist attraction in Memphis.
1982 - Steve Garvey becomes the fifth professional baseball player to appear in a thousand consecutive games.
1979- Chuck Berry performs at the White House for President Jimmy Carter at a Black Music Association gala. A month later, Berry is sentenced to spend four months in jail for tax evasion.
1976 - Capitol Records issues Rock 'n' Roll Music, a compilation of The Beatles' most rocking songs. It will reach number-two in Billboard despite RingoStarr's objections to the package.
1975- EltonJohn's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy becomes the first album ever to enter the U-S chart at number-one. It will stay there for six weeks.
1969 - Blind Faith plays a massive outdoor free concert in London's Hyde Park.
1969-TheWho's Tommy enters the Billboard chart at number-96. It will peak at number-seven, but return after the success of their next album, Live at Leeds, and go to number-four. and the soundtrack of Ken Russell's Tommy movie reaches number-two in 1975.
1969- The Johnny Cash Show debuts on A-B-C. Bob Dylan is the opening night guest star.
1967 - The Beatles say they'll be involved with the animated film Yellow Submarine.
1965 - Sony introduces the Betamax, the first consumer videocassette recorder. It retails for $995.
1963-The RollingStones' first single, a cover of ChuckBerry's "Come On," is released in the U-K. That same day, the group makes its T-V debut on Britain's Thank Your Lucky Stars.
1953- Kukla, Fran and Ollie is broadcast from Boston in history's first "compatible color" show.
1997 - Iggy Pop dislocates a shoulder and gashes his head diving off the stage at a Columbus, Ohio show when the crowd parts and lets him fall instead of catching him.
1978 - A-B-C unveils 20/20.
1972 - David Bowie releases Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.
1970 - Crosby Stills Nash & Young release "Teach Your Children."
1969- Chuck Berry and bluesman Albert King perform a pair of shows opening for The Who at New York's Fillmore East.
1969- Jeff Beck Group singer Rod Stewart signs a solo contract with Mercury Records.
1968- John Lennon begins assembling sound effects he would use in the song-collage entitled "Revolution No. 9."
1964 - David Bowie releases his first record, "Liza Jane," a single by Davy Jonesand the King Bees.
1962- The Beatles audition for E-M-I (the U-K parent of Capitol Records). After spending three hours listening to their music, producer George Martin recommends the label sign the band--with one important stipulation. Unconfirmed reports claim that Martin tells manager Brian Epstein he'll sign The Beatles only if they replace drummer Pete Best. By the time the group records its first single for E-M-I later that summer, Best is out and Ringo Starr is in.
1944- The D-Day invasion of Normandy takes place.
1933- The first drive-in movie theater opens in New Jersey.
2000- Pearl Jam announce they will be releasing "official bootlegs" of their entire European tour.
1995 - Metallica's Kill 'Em All is certified double-platinum. Ride the Lightning is certified triple-platinum. ...And Justice for All is certified for sales of four-million.
1979- Blues legend Muddy Waters, who is 64 at the time, marries Marva Jean Brooks on her 25th birthday.
1977 - Alice Cooper's pet boa constrictor dies after being bitten by a rat it was trying to eat. Cooper holds a public audition to replace the snake, which is part of his act.
1976 - The newly built Teton Dam in Idaho collapses, killing 14. Repairs cost a billion dollars.
1975- The reclusive Syd Barrett unexpectedly turns up at Abbey Road studio, where Pink Floyd is recording Wish You Were Here. "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" is reportedly about the troubled Floyd founder.
1971 - Santana records "Everybody's Everything.
1970 - The Doors give a sub-par show in Seattle as Jim Morrison is apparently drunk.
1969- Feast of Friends, a 40-minute documentary film about The Doors, premieres in Los Angeles.
1968- In the early hours of the morning, after winning the California presidential primary, Senator Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles.
1966- The Beatles' promotional films for "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" air on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1965 - The RollingStones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" enters the U-S charts, on its way to spending four weeks at number-one.
1957 - Dale Hawkins releases "Susie-Q," which peaks at number-29. The song will chart again 11 years later when Creedence Clearwater Revival revives it.
2011 - Gunsmoke actor James Arness dies of natural causes at 88.
2006 - Metallica opens a European tour in Germany by playing Master of Puppets in its entirety.
1991 - Willie Nelson releases Who'll Buy My Memories--The I-R-S Tapes. Proceeds from sales go toward paying off the 16-million-dollars in back taxes he owes.
1977 - British department stores announce that they will not sell The SexPistols' "God Save the Queen" single.
1972- The Rolling Stones begin their North American Exile on Main Street tour in Vancouver, with Stevie Wonder as their opening act.
1972 - The Eagles have their first hit, as "Take It Easy" breaks onto the Billboard single chart.
1970 - JimiHendrix's Band of Gypsys album goes gold.
1970 - Ray Davies flies from New York to London to re-record one word in The Kinks' "Lola." Due to a B-B-C policy barring commercial references in songs, "Coca-Cola" has to be sung as "cherry cola" in order to receive airplay.
1969 - Elton John's first album, Empty Sky, is released in Britain. The L-P won't show up on U-S shelves until 1976.
1967 - On American Bandstand, Jefferson Airplane mime to "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" and Dick Clark interviews Otis Redding by phone.
1967 - TheDoors' "Light My Fire" debuts on the Billboard singles chart. Two months later, the song reaches number-one.
1964 - Ringo Starr collapses in London after a photo session for The Saturday Evening Post the day before a European tour begins. The Beatles' drummer is admitted to London's University College Hospital with tonsillitis and a throat infection.
1964 - The Rolling Stones record "Tell Me," "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "Not Fade Away" for upcoming episodes of A-B-C's Hollywood Palace.
2007 - Ozzy Osbourne's Black Rain debuts at number-three on the Billboard album chart. It's Ozzy's best chart showing as a solo artist.
1978- Swan Song Records announces that Led Zeppelin has entered a recording studio for the first time since the death of Robert Plant's young son in July 1977. The sessions will produce the band's final album, In Through the Out Door.
1975 - Paul McCartney & Wings release Venus and Mars in England. The album includes the number-one single "Listen to What the Man Says."
1975- The Who records "Slip Kid" and "Squeeze Box."
1973- George Harrison releases his second chart-topping album, Living in the Material World, which contains "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)."
1971- Three dozen Grateful Dead fans are treated for hallucinations caused by LSD unwittingly ingested in spiked apple drink served at San Francisco's Winterland.
1969 - Led Zeppelin do the first of two nights of shows at New York's Fillmore East to close out their second U-S tour. They share the bill with an old-time big band, Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, and Delaney & Bonnie.
1968 - The Beatles hold their first recording session for The White Album at Abbey Road. The first song they work on is John Lennon's "Revolution One."
1967- Jefferson Airplane is the subject of a Look magazine story that dubs their music "love rock" and profiles the individual members, their friends and life in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
1966- The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" b/w "Rain" single is released in the U-S.
1922- The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D-C.
1911- Ray Harroun wins the first Indianapolis 500, averaging 74.59 miles per hour.