2004 - Funk-soul singer Rick James dies at his Los Angeles home at age 56 from a heart attack. Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Berry Gordy and porn star Ron Jeremy are among the many celebrities who turn out for his funeral roughly a week later.
2000 - Peter Frampton takes his kids to a bowling alley in Chicago--where he is performing at the House of Blues--so that they can watch the premiere of his V-H-1 Behind the Music installment.
1999 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hits the 500th home run of his Major League career -- in the fewest at-bats of any player to reach that plateau.
1991 - The Internet is born as a British computer scientist releases files and requests developers' input.
1987 - The Beastie Boys sue the city of Jacksonville, Florida for including the phrase "mature audience" on their concert tickets and ads.
1982 - The movie version of Pink Floyd's The Wall, starring Bob Geldof, has its U.S. premiere at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.
1981 - Billed as a tribute to the late Bob Marley, the fourth Reggae Sunsplash takes place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Wailers, Melody Makers, Eek-a-Mouse, Steel Pulse, Jimmy Cliff and Third World all perform. Stevie Wonder makes a surprise appearance.
1981 - Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna album is released.
1981 - The Cars' Candy-O album is certified platinum.
1981 - The Rolling Stones release "Start Me Up" as a single in the U.S.
1971 - Procol Harum records a concert with the Edmonton Symphony in Canada. Portions are released as Procol Harum Live in Concert With the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, which will yield the surprise hit "Conquistador."
1970 - Paul Simon, Janis Joplin and Steppenwolf's John Kay headline an anti-war concert at Shea Stadium in New York. Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Staple Singers, Al Kooper and Richie Havens also perform in a show commemorating the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
1965 - President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act with Martin Luther King Junior and Rosa Parks looking on.
1965 - The Beatles' Help! album is issued in the U-K.
1952 - Mad magazine is published for the first time.
1945 - The U-S drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.