2001 – Country artist Travis Tritt receives the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) 2001 Hall of Fame Award. The honor is given to individuals for distinguished service to the nation.
2000 – Violence erupts at the second annual Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2000 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., causing police to stop the show about 21/2 hours into the event. The spectacle is broadcast later that month on TV network UPN.
1998 – Garth Brooks pledges to return to South America after his first concert on the continent draws a sold-out crowd of 50,000 to the Estadia Rezacao during the Rodeo Barretos in Brazil.
1997 – Country singer Mark Wills of Marietta, Ga., performs his hit single Jacob’s Ladder” for his Grand Ole Opry debut. The singer has new soles and heels put on his boots for the big night.
1997 – Tim Weisberg sues former partner Dan Fogelberg for alleged breach of contract and fraud over the recording of “No Resemblance Whatsoever,” the 1995 follow-up to “Twin Sons.”
1987 – Bon Jovi headlines the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England.
1968 – Cynthia Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce, citing his relationship with Yoko Ono.
1964 – Singer, songwriter, piano virtuoso, Tori Amos is born Myra Ellen Amos in Newton, N.C.
1956 – Filming begins on Elvis Presley’s movie debut, “The Reno Brothers.” The movie is later re-titled “Love Me Tender.”
1917 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker is born in Clarksdale, Miss. He shares a Grammy Award in 1990 with Bonnie Raitt for best traditional blues recording.