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1822 - Composer Cesar-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck was born.
1908 - Composer Olivier Messiaen was born.
1927 - The Grand Old Opry made its first radio broadcast from Nashville, TN.
1949 - Fats Domino cut eight tracks during his first recording session at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studios.
1959 - The four male members of the Platters were acquitted on charges of aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation. The charges stemmed from their August 10, 1959 arrest in Cincinnati, OH.
1963 - Donny Osmond made his debut with the Osmonds on NBC's "Andy Williams Show."
1965 - The Grateful Dead played their first concert. The show took place at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
1966 - The Rolling Stones released the album "Got Live If You Want It" in the U.S.
1967 - The Steve Miller Blues Band signed with Capitol Records for $750,000. The group dropped the "Blues" from its name.
1967 - Otis Redding, at age 26, was killed when his tour plane crashed into a Wisconsin lake. Redding's tour band, the "Bar-Kays," was also killed.
1968 - John Lennon made his first solo TV appearance.
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1971 - Frank Zappa was pushed from a London stage by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering from a broken leg and ankle and fractured skull.
1972 - Roberta Flack and two members of her backup band are injured in a car accident while driving into Manhattan.
1976 - The Wings album "Wings over America" was released.
1976 - Queen's single "Somebody To Love" was released in the U.S.
1984 - The single "Do They Know It's Christmas" was released by Band-Aid. The group was assembled to aid in famine relief.
1988 - Bill Harris (The Clovers) died of cancer at the age of 63.
1990 - The first Billboard Music Awards took place. Janet Jackson was the big winner with eight trophies.
1991 - Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. He is accredited with coining the phrase "Rock & Roll."
1992 - The musical "My Favorite Year" opened.
1998 - The Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights Defenders took place at Bercy Stadium in Paris, France. The lineup included Alanis Morissette, Radiohead, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Shania Twain.
1998 - Bruce Springsteen won a 2 1/2-year legal battle with two British companies that were seeking to release 19 previously unreleased songs from his early career.
2002 - In Los Angeles, CA, the Oakwood Postal Station was renamed the Nat King Cole Post Office. U.S. President George W. Bush had signed the act for the change on October 30, 2002.
2010 - Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics for his song "The Times They Are a-Changin" sold at auction for $422,500.