Born on this day:
1938, Charley Pride, country singer
1941, Wilson Pickett, soul singer
1950, John Hartman, drums, The Doobie Brothers
1959, Irene Cara, singer, actress
1963, Vanessa Williams, singer
1979, Adam Levine, guitar, vocals, Maroon 5
1989, Simone Morettin, drums, Max Navarro, Elvenking
1965, three of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman, were caught urinating against a garage wall in Romford, Essex, after playing the final shows on a U.K. tour. On July 22, they were each fined £5 for insulting behavior.
1965, John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarryman, Pete Shotton, £20,000 to open a supermarket at Hayling Island in Hampshire. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd.
1972, Neil Young started a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard singles chart with “Heart of Gold.” Young’s only U.S. Top 20 hit as a solo artist reached #10 on the U.K. chart.
1974, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played the first of eight shows over four nights at Gertie’s in Dallas, Texas.
1977, The Clash released their debut single, “White Riot,” which peaked at #38 on the U.K. charts.
1982, driving home from a basketball game in Philadelphia, soul singer Teddy Pendergrass crashed his Rolls Royce and severely injured his spinal cord.
1989, a California radio station arranged to have all of its Cat Stevens records destroyed by steamroller in protest of the singer’s support of Ayatollah Khomeini.
1991, U2 paid a fine of £500 on behalf of the Irish Family Planning Association, which was found guilty of illegally selling condoms at Dublin’s Virgin Megastore.
2001, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter John Phillips, formerly of The Mamas & the Papas, died at the age of 65 of heart failure.
2001, tragedy struck at an in-store appearance by British boy band A1 in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, when four girls were killed and two others seriously injured in a stampede of fans.
2004, Courtney Love exposed her breasts during a TV appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. The singer, who had her back to the audience, flashed Letterman while singing the song, “Danny Boy.”