<b>1999 - </b>Van Morrison becomes the first inductee to the Hot Press Irish Music Hall of Fame (IMHF) at a ceremony in Dublin.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/>
2004 - Panamanian Singer/songwriter and actor Ruben Blades begins his tenure as Panama's Minister of Tourism. Blades is part of the cabinet of then-new president-elect Martin Torrijos Espino.
2001 - Australian rocker Ted Mulry dies in a Sydney hospital, following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He is 49.
2000 - The Doobie Brothers make 15 newly recorded tracks available for free download at WindowsMedia.com as the kickoff of a multistage campaign for their newest album "Sibling Rivalry."
1999 - Van Morrison becomes the first inductee to the Hot Press Irish Music Hall of Fame (IMHF) at a ceremony in Dublin.
1998 - Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan is charged with assault and battery for allegedly hitting a security guard in the head with a microphone during a concert in August. The guard, Michael Kennedy, was trying to move an unruly fan from near the stage.
1997 - In Nashville for a concert, James Taylor spends three hours swapping stories and trading licks with Mr. Guitar, Chet Atkins. The special meeting takes place at Taylor's request.
1996 - Composer Vagn Holmboe dies at the age of 87.
1995 - Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong is honored on a U.S. postage stamp. The sale is kicked off with a jazz festival in New Orleans featuring Wynton Marsalis, Al Hirt, Doc Cheatham and other jazz stars.
1992 - Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, organize a relief project for the victims of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Miami a week earlier.
1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," John Parr. The week this song from the film "St. Elmo's Fire" hits No. 1 marks the first time that songs from motion pictures hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot 100. Huey Lewis' "The Power of Love" from the film "Back to the Future" is No. 2 and Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero" from "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" is in the third slot.
1979 - INXS makes its performance debut in Sydney, Australia.
1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Rhinestone Cowboy," Glen Campbell.
1947 - Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is born in Douglas, Isle of Man, U.K.
1933 - Conway Twitty is born Harold Lloyd Jenkins in Friars Point, Miss. He changes his name in 1957. His No. 1 country songs include "Hello Darlin'," "You've Never Been This Far Before" and "Slow Hand."