1959 21 year old Bobby Darin becomes the youngest performer to headline at the Sands Hotel’s Copa Room in Las Vegas. The previous record-holder, Johnny Mathis, appeared at 23.
1962 The BBC bans Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett’s “Monster Mash”. Although the song is neither obscene or controversial, it’s about a horror movie party and like many other songs, is banned under a catch-all regulation prohibiting the broadcast of anything deemed “offensive.”
1964 The Beach Boys record “Dance Dance Dance”, with Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro. Campbell would tour with the band from December, 1964 until early March, 1965.
1965 “Yesterday” topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers chart. The song was actually recorded by Paul McCartney alone, who had earlier tried in vain to fit the other Beatles in, but would later admit he just couldn’t make the song work in any other form.
1973 Elvis and Priscilla Presley are granted a divorce after six and half years of marriage. She is given property along with $725,000 and an additional $4,200 a month for the support of their five-year old daughter, Lisa Marie.
1975 John and Yoko celebrate his 35th birthday and the birth of Sean.
1980 John Lennon releases “Starting Over”, his first single in five years.
1985 Marking what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday, Yoko Ono formally dedicated a two and a half acre landscaped section in New York’s Central Park called Strawberry Fields.
2002 John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman was denied parole for a second time on October 9th, the same day that Lennon would have turned 62. The state parole board issued a statement that said releasing Chapman after 22 years in prison would “deprecate the seriousness” of the crime and while Chapman had “acceptable” behavior in prison, that didn’t guarantee he wouldn’t pose a threat to society.