1957 23-year-old Pat Boone begins hosting The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom on ABC-TV.
1961 A group of teens from Hawthorne California calling themselves The Pendletones recorded “Surfin'”, which, when pressed by Candix Records, was credited to The Beach Boys.
1967 Woody Guthrie passed away of Huntington’s chorea in a hospital where he had spent the last ten years.
1987 Brenda Lee Day was declared in her home town of Lithonia, Georgia and a street was named after her.
1992 Sinead O’Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live and ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II.
2000 Mark David Chapman, was denied parole after serving 20 years in prison. Chapman was interviewed for 50 minutes by parole board members, who concluded that releasing Chapman would ‘deprecate the seriousness of the crime.’
2016 Marie Johnson, one of the founding members of the New Orleans girl group The Dixie Cups, died at a hospice in her home town at the age of 72.