2008 - Sharon Stone's movies are banned at one of China's largest theater chains after she remarked that the devastating Chinese earthquake was the result of bad "karma."
2007 - After a fan-club-only rehearsal show the night before, The Police open their reunion tour at the G-M Place in Vancouver, Canada.
2002- Longtime anchor Tom Brokaw announces he'll leave N-B-C Nightly News after the 2004 presidential election. M-S-N-B-C anchor Brian Williams will take his place.
1998 - Comic actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member Phil Hartman is shot to death by his wife, Brynn, who then shoots herself after police arrive on the scene at their Encino, California home. He was 49.
1983- The US Festival begins in San Bernardino, California. The festival loses millions of dollars due to the large fees paid to Van Halen and David Bowie.
1977 - Bruce Springsteen settles his lawsuits with former manager Mike Appel out of court, ending a year-long period of inactivity. He immediately heads into the studio to start recording Darkness on the Edge of Town.
1977- Heart's "Barracuda" single is released.
1976 - The Allman Brothers Band announces it is breaking up after Gregg Allman testifies in court against the band's road manager in a major drug case. The band will reform in 1978.
1969- Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested in their London home for marijuana possession.
1967 - Keith Moon is rushed to the hospital after injuring his stomach muscles during a recording session. The following night, The Who plays a show in Glasgow, Scotland with a fill-in drummer, Julian Covey.
1964- Marianne Faithfull records "As Tears Go By" in London.
1957 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is founded. Two years later, the organization launches The Grammy Awards.
1951 - After going 0 for 12 in his rookie season, Willie Mays of the New York Giants gets his first big league hit, a homer.
1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge, crossing a strait at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay, opens to automobile traffic.
1895 - Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde (Salome, The Importance of Being Earnest) is jailed for sodomy.