2008 - The Eagles begin a world tour in support of Long Road Out of Eden with the first of five nights at London's O-2 Arena.
2003- The war in Iraq begins as the United States launches operation Iraqi Freedom. The pre-dawn air strike targets Saddam Hussein and other Iraqi leaders in Baghdad.
1996- The British government says a disease that killed 10 people is linked to "mad cow disease."
1995- A poisonous gas attack takes place on a Tokyo subway
1994- Concerned friends of Kurt Cobain hold a five-hour "tough love intervention" at his Seattle home.
1991- Eric Clapton's four-year-old son Conor falls to his death from a 53rd story apartment window in New York. The tragedy inspires "Tears in Heaven," that appears on his 1998 Pilgrim album.
1990- The L-A Lakers retire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's number, 33.
1990- Boston's Tom Scholz wins a $20-million lawsuit filed against him by C-B-S Records for allegedly breaching a contract that stipulated he deliver 10 albums in five years.
1976 - Patty Hearst is convicted of robbery.
1972- Ringo Starr releases his second Top 10 single, "Back Off, Boogaloo," produced by George Harrison.
1971- Janis Joplin gets a posthumous number-one as "Me and Bobby McGee" tops the Billboard chart.
1969- John Lennon and Yoko Ono marry in Gibraltar at 9:00 a-m after being refused permission to do so in Paris (because neither had lived there long enough). They also failed in their attempt to hold the ceremony aboard the ferry from England to France. Registrar Cecil Wheeler officiates at the wedding.
1968 - Eric Clapton and Buffalo Springfield's Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messina, are arrested in Los Angeles for "being at a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." Clapton is later found innocent, while the others pay small fines for the misdemeanor.
1967 - The Beatles' "Penny Lane" is certified gold.