2002 – Gravity Kills keyboardist Doug Firley drops a custom-made, spring-loaded keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pa.
2000 – Metallica delivers over 60,000 pages of information to Napster’s San Mateo, Calif., offices, listing more than 1.4 million copyright violations of 95 Metallica songs and recordings by 335,435 distinct users.
2000 – DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) is sentenced to 15 days in jail and is slapped with a $350 fine, plus $30 in court fees in a Cheektowaga, N.Y., court after turning himself in to police on an outstanding arrest warrant issued after the rapper skipped an earlier court date while out on the Ruff Ryders/Cash Money tour. Simmons, who pleads guilty to charges of drug possession, driving without a license, and outstanding parking tickets, is later rearrested, charged with possession and fined another $250 after police find marijuana in a cigarette pack while he is being processed.
1995 – The Neville Brothers, the Dixie Cups, Allen Toussaint and Professor Longhair are inducted into the New Orleans Musical Walk of Fame.
1991 – Andy Williams, 60, marries former hotel concierge Debbie Haas, 36, in New York City.
1976 – Paul McCartney makes his first U.S. stage appearance in a decade. The “Wings Over America” tour opens in Ft. Worth, Texas.
1964 – Gerry & the Pacemakers make their United States TV debut on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and perform “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.”
1951 – Christopher Cross (Christopher Geppert) is born in San Antonio, Texas. His biggest hit is “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” from the Dudley Moore film “Arthur.”
1937 – Frankie Valli (Frank Castelluccio) is born in Newark, N.J. His two No. 1 songs are the title songs from the film “Grease” and “My Eyes Adored You.”
1928 – Soul singer James Brown is born in Augusta, Ga. Billboard ranks Brown as the most successful R&B performer of all time with 17 No. 1 songs on the magazine’s R&B singles chart by 1988. His top pop hit is “I Got You (I Feel Good),” which reaches No. 3 in 1963. He is presented a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.