<b>2001 - </b>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.

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