1956: Les Baxter had the #1 song with "Poor People of Paris".
1966: The New York State Assembly passed a bill making it a misdemeanor to sell bootlegs.
1998: Amway Corp. announced that it had agreed to pay $9 million to settle a lawsuit over the company's use of songs by top artists in videotaped sales pitches.
2000: Sir Elton John's musical Aida opened on Broadway.
2001: The stretch of Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia where Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash (October 29, 1971) was renamed Duane Allman Boulevard.
2002: Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach became the father of son Makaile Cielo Shaddix.
2003: Madonna had to re-edit her "American Life" clip when war broke out in Iraq. The video featured her lobbing grenades at a fashion show.
"Sunrise" from Norah Jones' new album
2004: Norah Jones' second album Feels Like Home topped the album charts for a fifth consecutive week.
2005: Anthrax announced the lineup that was in place for the album Among the Living would reform for a national tour.
2007: Henson Cargill ("Skip A Rope" from 1967) died at the age of 66 following complications from surgery.
2010: Johnny Maestro of the Crests ("16 Candles") and Brooklyn Bridge ("The Worst That Could Happen") died of cancer at the age of 70.
2013: Deke Richards (real name Dennis Lussier), songwriter and producer, who co-wrote "Love Child" for the Supremes and "ABC" for the Jackson 5, and produced the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Bobby Darin and Martha and the Vandellas, among others, died in Bellingham, Washington at the age of 68 from esophageal cancer.
Born This Day:
1937: Billy Stewart ("Summertime" from 1966) was born in Washington, D.C.; died January 17, 1970 in a car accident.
1946: Lee Oskar, famed harmonica player of War, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1947: Mike Kellie of Spooky Tooth
1949: Nick Lowe, member of Brinsley Schwatz, solo star ("Cruel to Be Kind" from 1979) and producer, was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.
1951: Dougie Thomson, bassist for Supertramp, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1960: Nena, lead singer of the group which bears her name ("99 Luftballoons" from 1982), was born in Hagen, Germany.
1970: Sharon Corr of the Corrs ("Breathless")
1974: Chad Butler, drummer for Switchfoot, was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
1982: Nivea was born in Savannah, Georgia.