1853 – Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore” premiered in Rome.
1934 – Laurens Hammond filed for a patent for the pipeless organ with the tonewheel generator. The patent was granted on April 24.
1957 – Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS’ “Jackie Gleason Show.”
1957 – Pat Boone sang at Dwight Eisenhower’s presidential inauguration ball.
1967 – Lesley Gore appeared on ABC-TV’s “Batman” as Catwoman’s sidekick, Pussycat.
1971 – At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” was played. At the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words “helter skelter” were written on a mirror.
1976 – The Beatles turned down an offer of $30 million to play together again on the same stage. The offer was made by rock promoter Bill Sargent.
1977 – Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band played for Jimmy Carter’s inauguration.
1977 – Aretha Franklin sang “God Bless America” at a special inaugural concert for President-elect Jimmy Carter.
1981 – Styx released the album “Paradise Theater.”
1993 – Fleetwood Mac reunited to perform at Bill Clinton’s inauguration.
1993 – Tom Waits was allowed to keep the $2.5 million that a judge awarded him after he sued Frito-Lay for using a sound alike in a 1988 commercial. The U.S. Supreme Court supported the amount of the damages.
1998 – Pat Boone was awarded the first annual Michael the Archangel Award by the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police.
1999 – The U.S. Supreme Court without comment refused to hear a 1998 lawsuit brought by ticket buyers against Ticketmaster. The suit charged that the firm engaged in anticompetitive behaviour and price-fixing with promoters.
1999 – Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) went on trial in Columbus, Ohio, on charges that he dragged a student barber down a flight of stairs.
1999 – Jean-Michel Jarre delivered a petition to the European Parliament signed by hundreds of leading European recording artists asking for better legal protection against music piracy on the internet.
2002 – Rapper C-Murder (Corey Miller, 30) was arrested in the shooting death of 16-year old Steve Thomas at a nightclub on January 12.