2004 – A knee injury suffered near the end of Britney Spears’ concert in Moline, Ill., forces the artist to cancel her planned performance the following day at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
2002 – Authorities briefly shut down a suburban shopping mall after more than 1,000 teen-agers show up to meet boy-band B2K for an in-store autograph session at the Sam Goody music store there. Two girls are treated for hyperventilation.
2001 – Four teenage girls are crushed to death in a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, when hundreds of fans panic while trying to catch a glimpse of the British boy band a1. The four band members are “devastated” and cancel the rest of their tour in Asia.
2001 – John Phillips, a founder of the Mamas & the Papas, dies of heart failure in L.A. at the age of 65. The Mamas & the Papas reached the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 six times from 1966-1967, beginning with “California Dreamin’.”
2000 – The U.S. Postal Service issues a 20-cent stamped postcard featuring the historic Ryman Auditorium, home to the Grand Ole Opry for more than 30 years.
1999 – France’s largest music merchant, Fnac, becomes the first major music retailer in Europe to sell song downloads on its Internet site (www.fnac.fr).
1998 – King of Pop or Queen of Pop? According to German newswire reports, Michael Jackson goes shopping in Munich, Germany, disguised as an Arab woman. An unnamed toy store confirms that the disguised Jackson and his son enter the shop, apparently to avoid the fans camped outside his hotel.
1997 – Happy Goday, who promoted film music for many of the major movie studios, dies of an undisclosed illness in New York. He is in his late 70s. All told, Goday works on music from films that land 47 Oscar nominations and 17 Oscars.
1997 – Taylor Hawkins replaces William Goldsmith as the Foo Fighters’ drummer. Goldsmith announced earlier that he would be leaving due to creative differences.
1997 – In a historic moment, composer/performer Yanni becomes the first Westerner ever to play at India’s Taj Mahal. Yanni plays three shows to help celebrate India’s 50th anniversary of independence. Yanni donates all proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorship for the restoration and preservation of the shrine and its surrounding environs.
1992 – Singer Donna Summer receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1982 – Singer Teddy Pendergrass is partially paralyzed when his Rolls Royce skids off a road and wrecks in Philadelphia.
1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Night Fever,” Bee Gees. “Stayin’ Alive” and “How Deep Is Your Love” are still in the top 10 when this third consecutive No. 1 single from the soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever” reaches No. 8. The last group to have three songs in the top 10 at the same time was the Beatles.
1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Heart of Gold,” Neil Young. The song is Neil Young’s only solo single to reach the top 30.
1961 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Surrender,” Elvis Presley. The song is based on the Italian song “Torna a Sorrento (Come Back to Sorrento),” which was written in 1911 by Ernesto and B.G. de Curtis.
1959 – Irene Cara is born. She tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for six weeks with the movie theme song “Flashdance … What a Feeling.”
1941 – Soul singer Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Ala. His five No. 1 songs on Billboard’s R&B singles chart include “634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)” and “Land of 1000 Dances.” He is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.