1939 The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The 1966 Beatles’ song that featured her name wasn’t really written about her, as Paul McCartney’s first draft of the song named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of St. Peter’s Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon had met for the first time in 1957.
1959 Berry Gordy’s first release on the newly established Motown Records, “Bad Girls” by The Miracles, enters the Billboard Pop chart. Unfortunately for all concerned, it will only stay there for two weeks, then fade into oblivion.
1960 “Mr. Custer” by Larry Verne was the number one single in America. The record told a story about a US cavalry trooper who tries to talk his way out of fighting the Sioux Indians at Little Big Horn in 1876. The song failed to chart at all in the UK.
1976 The Who and The Grateful Dead play the second of two back-to-back shows at Oakland Stadium. Neither of the shows is a sell out.
1978 Singer Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith are injured at a Philadelphia concert after a firecracker is thrown on stage. From then on, the group performs from behind a cyclone fence.
1979 Fleetwood Mac receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2006 Mark David Chapman was told by a parole board that he must serve at least another two years in Attica Correctional Facility for murdering John Lennon. “While the panel notes your satisfactory institutional adjustment,” the decision said, “due to the extremely violent nature of the offence, your release would not be in the best interest of the community.”