1939 – Spencer Davis, he of the Spencer Davis Group, is born in Swansea, Wales.
1949 – Bassist Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath is born in Birmingham
1949 – Mick Tucker, who only could have played drums for Sweet with a name like that, is born in Harlesden, England.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix either quit or was fired as the opening act for the Monkees' US tour after only five days. Mickey Dolenz later recalled, "Jimi would amble out onto the stage, fire up the amps and break out into 'Purple Haze' and the kids in the audience would instantly drown him out with 'We want Daaavy!'
1968 – The full-length animated film “Yellow Submarine,” with songs by the Beatles, premieres in London.
1972 – In Montreal, a bomb destroys several speaker cones inside an equipment truck belonging to the touring Rolling Stones. The musical terrorist responsible remains at large.
1974 – The Moody Blues open the first quadraphonic studio in London.
1974 – The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service orders John Lennon to leave the country within 60 days.
1975 – Ringo Starr divorces his wife, Maureen Cox.
1979 – Guitarist Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy, to be replaced by future Ultravox member and “Do They Know It’s Christmas” songwriter Midge Ure.
1987 – Keith Richards signs with Virgin Records as a solo artist
1987 – The Ozzy Osbourne Band started a 16-week tour of US prisons.
1991 – The revamped Lynyrd Skynyrd launch their latest world tour in Baton Rouge, La.
1994 – In Pontiac, Mich., Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley make a surprise appearance at a Kiss convention. But while browsing the stalls, they discover Kiss costumes stolen from them more than a decade ago.
1996 – Chas Chandler, the Animals bassist who became Jimi Hendrix’s manager, dies in England at age 58.
1996 – Smashing Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin is fired from the band. A week earlier the drummer had been arrested on drug-possession charges in connection with the fatal overdose of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin.
2000 – British vocalist Paul Young, who sang with Mike And The Mechanics and Sad Cafe, dies of a heart attack in Cheshire,
2006 – Hunky Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and teen fantasy Carmen Electra announce they are splitting after three years of marriage. Their beautiful division is described as “amicable.”
2011 – The main stage at Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed during a Cheap Trick concert as a severe thunderstorm sent the musicians and thousands of fans running for cover.
2011 - Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a tribute to Clarence Clemons at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J. The boss played a 45 minute set to an intimate crowd of 400.