2008- Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Tracks of My Tears," Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the Joni Mitchell album For the Roses are added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.
2002- Rush release Vapor Trails, their first studio album in six years.
2000- Hundreds of thousands of mothers rally in Washington and several other cities to demand stricter gun laws.
2000- The six cast members of Friends sign two-year contracts that guarantees each actor $750,000 per episode, up from $125,000.
1998- The final episode of Seinfeld airs after nine years on N-B-C.
1989- The final episodes of Moonlighting and Family Ties are broadcast.
1985- The first McDonald's restaurant becomes a fast food museum.
1982- The Clash release their Combat Rock album.
1976 - Former Yardbirds and Renaissance singer Keith Relf, 33, is fatally electrocuted at home while tuning his guitar.
1973- On the same day LedZeppelin performs at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, the band's Houses of the Holy album hits number-one in Billboard.
1973- The United States launches Skylab, the manned space station.
1970- Eleven days after the Kent State shootings, Crosby Stills Nash & Young release the single "Ohio" as a tribute to the victims.
1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney hold a press conference at New York's Americana Hotel to discuss plans for their new company, Apple. Afterwards, Paul meets Linda Eastman for the second time and gets her phone number.
1967 - Mickey Mantle hits the 500th home run of his career, off Baltimore's Stu Miller.
1964- A full page ad in Billboard reads: WATCH OUT USA...HERE THEY ARE! THE ROLLING STONES! THEY'RE GREAT! THEY'RE OUTRAGEOUS! THEY'RE REBELS! THEY SELL! THEY'RE ENGLAND'S HOTTEST-BUT HOTTEST-GROUP!
1960 - The birth control pill is introduced in the U-S.