Music History for
1737 - Composer Johann Michael Haydn was born.
1741 - George Handel completed "Messiah" in time for an orphan's charity concert.
1760 - Composer Maria Luigi Carlo Zenobio Salvatore Cherubini was born.
1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner." The song became the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.
1927 - Gene Austin recorded "My Blue Heaven."
1968 - "The Archies" premiered on CBS. The cartoon was based on the comic book series.
1969 - Genesis played their first gig for money in Surrey, England. It was at a cottage owned by a Sunday school teacher.
1976 - The Jeff Beck album "Wired" was certified gold.
1979 - Kenny Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1981 - Pink Floyd's movie "The Wall" began production.
1983 - Metallica introduced a new song, "Disposable Heroes," at the Metal Hammer festival in Germany.
1984 - The MTV Awards were held for the first time. Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the show.
1993 - "The Hits/The B-Sides" box set was released by Prince.
Today in Prince History
1994 - The Temptations receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1995 - Earth, Wind and Fire received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1995 - Hand written lyrics for "Getting Better" by Paul McCartney sold for $249,000 at a Sotheby's auction.
1998 - Metallica began recording the album "Garage Inc."
2010 - George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in jail after he plead guilty to driving under the influence and drug possession. The incident occurred on July 4 when he crashed his car into a store.