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1965, John Lennon’s second book of poetry and drawings, A Spaniard in the Works, was published. The book consisted of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his 1964 book In His Own Write.
1966, The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth North American tour at the Manning Bowl, Lynn, Massachusetts. The support acts were The McCoys and The Standells.
1967, The Monkees went to #1 on the U.S. album charts with Headquarters, the group’s second chart topper.
1969, The Doors appeared at The Roach, New Orleans, Louisiana.
1973, The Grateful Dead appeared at the Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon.
1977, The Jacksons were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Show You the Way to Go.” The Jacksons were four members of the Jackson Five, including Michael.
1978, Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Devo, Brand X and The Atlanta Rhythm Section all appeared at Knebworth Park. Tickets cost £6 ($10).
1988, UB40 bass player Earl Falconer was sent to prison for six months, with a further 12 suspended, after admitting to causing his brother’s death in a car accident.
1989, Richard Marx scored his second U.S. #1 single with “Satisfied.”
1999, Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie’s in New York City to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua.
2003, A man who had been deported from Sweden for stalking ABBA singer Agnetha Faeltskog was arrested near the singer’s island retreat. Gert van der Graaf, 37, had been the singer's boyfriend from 1997 to 1999, but had been issued a restraining order barring him from seeing or talking to her in 2000.
2007, The White Stripes went to #1 on the U.K. album chart with Icky Thump, the duo’s sixth studio album.
Born on this day:
1944, Chris Wood, sax, flute, Traffic
1944, Jeff Beck, guitarist (For more on Beck, see This Day in Music Spotlight.)
1945, Colin Blunstone, vocals, songwriting, The Zombies
1947, Mick Fleetwood, drums, Fleetwood Mac
1949, John Illsley, bass, Dire Straits
1959, Andy McCluskey, vocals, guitar, keyboards, OMD
1961, Dennis Danell, guitar, Social Distortion
1961, Curt Smith, vocals, bass, Tears for Fears
1967, Jeff Cease, guitar, The Black Crowes
1967, Richard Z. Kruspe, guitar, Rammstein
1986, Solange Knowles, singer