Today’s first item comes from the Stupid Laws File: Today in 1956, Ohio youths younger than 18 were banned from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult, the result of enforcing a law that dated back to 1931.
The number one single today in 1965:
The number one British single today in 1971 was the first number one by a singer from his previous group:
Today in 1977, Patti Smith broke a vertebra after falling off the stage at her concert in Tampa, Fla.
Today in 1991, the owner of KLSK-FM in Albuquerque, N.M., played this for 24 consecutive hours to announce KLSK’s switch to classic rock:
Police showed up with guns drawn twice at the studio after one listener reported the owner had suffered a heart attack and then from suspicion that the radio station had been captured by terrorists sent by supposed Zeppelin fan Saddam Hussein. (Really.)
The number one British album today in 1993 was Genesis’ “Live — The Way We Walk, Volume Two — The Longs”:
The number one album today in 2000 was Santana’s “Supernatural”:
Birthdays begin with Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters:
Danny Federici, who played keyboards for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band …
… was born the same day as Bill Cunningham, who played bass and piano for the Box Tops:
Robin Zander sang for Cheap Trick:
Earl Falconer played bass for UB40:
Three deaths of note today: Terry Kath of Chicago in 1978 …
… Allen Collins of Lynyrd Skynyrd, who survived the band’s 1977 plane crash but was paralyzed after a 1986 car crash that killed his girlfriend, in 1990 …
… and Johnny Funches of The Dells in 1998: