2001 - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is among the victims of an airliner crash in Switzerland. She is 34.

2001 - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is among the victims of an airliner crash in Switzerland. She is 34.

1991 - Kiss drummer Eric Carr dies in New York of cancer at 41. Doctors removed a cancerous tumor in Carr's heart in April but the cancer had already spread to his lungs. He joined Kiss in 1982 when founding drummer Peter Criss left the group.

1991 - Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at 45. Queen's biggest hits were the No. 1 songs ``Another One Bites the Dust,'' which sold more than 2 million copies, and the million-selling ``Crazy Little Thing Called Love.'' The group is also well known for the double-sided hit ``We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You.''

1991 - Cyndi Lauper is married in Manhattan to actor David Thornton.

1985 - Blues singer Big Joe Turner dies. His biggest hits are ``Chains of Love,'' ``Honey Hush'' and ``Shake, Rattle and Roll.''

1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Separate Lives,'' Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin. Songwriter Stephen Bishop is nominated for an Oscar for the song, which appears in the movie ``White Nights.''

1968 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Love Child,'' Diana Ross & the Supremes. The group introduces the song on ``The Ed Sullivan Show.''

1961 - Howlin' Wolf arrives in London for his first European tour.

1955 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Sixteen Tons,'' Tennessee Ernie Ford.