1945 - Erskine Hawkins recorded "Tippin’ In" for Victor Records with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra.
1947 - The musical "Finian’s Rainbow" opened in New York City and ran for 725 performances. The music was written by Burton Lane and the lyrics were written by E.Y. Harburg.
1956 - Elvis Presley recorded his first songs as an RCA Victor artist in Nashville. Elvis recorded "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Was the One," "I’m Counting On You," "I Got a Woman" and "Money Honey."
1978 - Howlin' Wolf died following brain surgery in Chicago.
1979 - Richard Carpenter entered a chemical dependency treatment center in Topeka, KS.
1981 - The Gilbert and Sullivan musical "The Pirates of Penzance" opened at Broadway's Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith.
1985 - Ted Nugent appeared on TV's "Miami Vice."
1987 - Madhouse's first album entitled "8" was released.
1989 - The Metallica single "One" was released.
1997 - James Brown got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003 - George Strait was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, TX.