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1770 - Composer Peter Hansel was born.
1797 - Composer Gaetano Donizetti was born.
1924 - Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died before he could complete his final opera. "Turandot" was finished by Franco Alfano.
1956 - The musical "Bells Are Ringing" opened on Broadway.
1963 - The Beatles' fifth single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was released in Britain.
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1969 - John Lennon was convicted of possession of cannabis and fined $360 in London. Yoko Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, was cleared of charges.
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1976 - Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.
1979 - The original four members of KISS performed their last show together until 1996 when they reunited for a makeup tour.
1979 - Paul Simon filed two lawsuits against his record label in an attempt to leave them.
1982 - In San Francisco, Metallica played their first headlining show. They played the song "Whiplash" for the first time. Exodus was the opening act.
1992 - U2's first TV special, called "U2's Zoo TV Outside Broadcast," aired on Fox-TV.
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1993 - Metallica released the box set "Binge & Purge." It contained three CDs, three videos and a book.
1994 - Mary J. Blige's second album, "My Life", was released.