2007 - Lynyrd Skynyrd kick off their co-headlining Rowdy Frynds tour with Hank Williams Junior in Huntsville, Alabama.
1981 - Eddie Van Halen weds actress Valerie Bertinelli.
1981 - Ronald Reagan returns to the White House from the hospital after recovering from an assassination attempt.
1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival - in the charts at the time with "Travelin' Band" - kick off a European tour with a pair of shows in Rotterdam, Holland.
1970 - Guitarist Peter Green announces that he will quit Fleetwood Mac on May 25th to devote himself to "what God would have me do."
1970 - Nice organist Keith Emerson and ex-King Crimson bass player Greg Lake are reportedly looking for a drummer. They find Carl Palmer and launch Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
1970 - The Beatles' "Let It Be" hits number-one amid the band's evident dissolution.
1970 - Apollo 13 blasts off for the moon on a mission that will be disrupted when an explosion cripples the spacecraft. The astronauts manage to return safely.
1967 - Paul McCartney comes up with the idea for The Beatles' T-V movie Magical Mystery Tour on a flight from L-A to London.
1965- The Beatles and The Rolling Stones perform at the New Musical Express poll-winners concert in London. Freddie and the Dreamers, The Animals, Kinks, Searchers, Seekers, Herman's Hermits, Moody Blues, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Donovan, Them, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and Tom Jones also perform at the show.
1963- The Beatles release their third British single, "From Me to You" backed with "Thank You Girl." It goes to number-one there, but neither side is released in the US until a year later, when Vee Jay pairs "From Me to You" with "Please Please Me," and "Thank You Girl" with "Do You Want to Know a Secret."
1961 - A 19-year-old Bob Dylan makes his New York City stage debut at Gerde's Folk City, opening for bluesman John Lee Hooker. He sings "House of the Rising Sun," his own "Song to Woody" and a few others.
1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player in major-league history. He plays in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1921 - Iowa becomes the first state to impose a tax on cigarettes.