1963 Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to score a US #1 album and single in the same week. Wonder was at the top of the LP chart with “Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius” and had the #1 single with “Fingertips part 2”, which was also the first ever live recording to lead the hit parade.
1968 While celebrating his 21st Birthday, Keith Moon, drives a Lincoln Continental into the pool of a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan. The band would later get a $50,000 bill and were subsequently banned from every Holiday Inn for life.
1969 Arlo Guthrie’s movie, Alice’s Restaurant opens in New York and Los Angeles.
1977 Waylon Jennings was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine. He had recently been named an honorary police chief.
1983 Jerry Lee Lewis’ fifth wife died of a methadone overdose after only being married less than three months to “The Killer”. Lewis would marry again in 1984 to 22 year-old Kerrie McCarver, but split from her in 2004.
2009 The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide caused by a mix of drugs meant to treat insomnia. On February 8, 2010, Dr. Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter.