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,
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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.