2003 - Republican congressman (South Dakota) Bill Janklow runs a stop sign and hits a motorcycle killing its driver, Randolph Scott. Janklow is charged with second-degree manslaughter.
2002 - The Rolling Stones preview their Licks tour in front of a star-studded crowd of a thousand at Toronto's Palais Royale.
1987 - Thousands of people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the "Harmonic Convergence," which heralds what believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.
1985 - Red Hot Chili Peppers release their second album, Freaky Styley, produced by George Clinton.
1983 - Paul Simon weds actress Carrie Fisher, a marriage that ends in divorce two years later.
1979 - KISS's "I Was Made for Lovin' You" is certified gold.
1979 - The Knack's "My Sharona" is certified gold.
1977 - Elvis Presley, 42, dies of heart failure at Graceland. His girlfriend Ginger Alden discovers his body on a bathroom floor. Medical tests later find 14 drugs in his system. Two days later, 75-thousand fans attend his funeral.
1975 - Peter Gabriel leaves Genesis for a solo career. Drummer Phil Collins takes over as the band's vocalist.
1974 - The Ramones play CBGB in New York for the first time.
1969 - The second day of Woodstock, which runs well into the following morning, features Santana, Mountain, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane and The Who. During The Who's set, Abbie Hoffman attempts to make a political speech and is knocked offstage by Pete Townshend, who later claims he didn't recognize the hippie rabble-rouser.
1968 - The Beatles record backing tracks for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
1965 - The American Football League awards an expansion team to Miami.
1962 - The Beatles change drummers. Pete Best is replaced by Ringo Starr from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes.
1961 - Roger Maris homers for the seventh straight game, in a Yankees win over Baltimore.
1954 - The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published by Time, Inc.
1948 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth dies at the age of 53.
1938 - Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, whose songs were later popularized by Eric Clapton and others, dies at 27.