1746 New Jersey’s Princeton University received its charter.
1797 The world’s first recorded parachute jump was made from a hot air balloon 3,200 feet above a park in Paris.
1836 Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic Of Texas.
1903 “Curly” Howard of the Three Stooges is born. He dies in 1952.
1920 Dr. Timothy Leary is born. He dies in 1996.
1938 The copy machine was demonstrated by its Xerox creators.
1939 The first pro football game ever televised aired on NBC, a contest between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Eagles at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.
1942 Singer Bobby Fuller (the Bobby Fuller Four, “I Fought The Law”) is born. He dies in 1966.
1962 During what came to be known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy went on radio and television to announce he had ordered U.S. air and naval forces to blockade Cuba following the discovery of Soviet missiles on the island, and to demand the removal of those missiles.
1966 “See See Rider” by Eric Burdon & the Animals peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1966 The Mamas & the Papas by the Mamas & the Papas peaks at Number Four on the album chart, were it stays for seven weeks.
1967 The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service play a benefit for the Marijuana Defense Fund at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco.
1969 Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin is released.
1971 “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by Joan Baez, a cover of the Band song, is certified gold.
1974 Hotter Than Hell by Kiss is released.
1976 Keith Moon plays his last show in North America with the Who at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1977 “Cold As Ice” by Foreigner peaks at Number Six on the pop chart. That same day, Foreigner peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.
1977 Aja by Steely Dan peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for seven weeks.
1978 Neil Young & Crazy Horse play the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The show is filmed and released as Rust Never Sleeps.
1978 The Grateful Dead welcomes Quicksilver Messenger Service singer-guitarist John Cipollina to the stage at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco.
1978 Pope John Paul II was installed as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, becoming the first non-Italian Pope in 456 years.
1982 Sylvester Stallone‘s Rambo character was born when the film First Blood opened in theaters.
1983 “Burning Down The House” by Talking Heads peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.
1983 “Everyday I Write The Book” by Elvis Costello & the Attractions peaks at Number 36 on the pop chart.
1984 Several Van Halen albums get new certifications: Women And Children First goes double platinum, Van Halen II goes triple platinum, 1984 goes quadruple platinum, and Van Halen goes quintuple platinum.
1988 “Groovy Kind Of Love” by Phil Collins, a cover of the Mindbenders song, hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.
1992 Actor Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles) dies at age 53.
1999 Paul McCartney shoots a video for the song “Run Devil Run” in West London. Scotland Yard officers respond to a report of a gun-wielding gang on the scene, and McCartney has to reassure the officers that the men waving weapons are extras in the video.
2000 Former Allman Brothers Band singer-guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested at his home in Osprey, Florida, and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after allegedly attacking his wife, Donna.
2000 Sammy Hagar and his band perform live on the street in New York City for the CBS show The NFL Live.
2000 Heart, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Wynonna Judd, and Amy Grant appear on the Women Rock! Girls & Guitars breast cancer fundraiser on the Lifetime cable network.
2000 R.E.M. performs “Fall On Me” and “Losing My Religion,” along with the new song “I’ve Been Too High,” during a surprise appearance at the Land Aid festival in their hometown of Athens, Georgia. The festival is organized by the Athens Grow Green coalition, an organization attempting to pass development and zoning standards to protect the environment and reduce urban sprawl.
2001 Boz Scaggs appears on the season premiere of Ally McBeal.
2001 Washington, D.C. postal worker Joseph P. Curseen died of inhaled anthrax.
2002 Thirty-five-year-old bus driver Conrad Johnson became the last of 10 people killed in the Washington, D.C., sniper attacks when he was shot to death in Maryland as he was about to set out on his morning route. Three other people were injured in the attacks carried out by John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.
2002 Go To Nassau, May 15 & 16, 1980 by the Grateful Dead is released.
2002 Relentless by Jackyl is released.
2002 New Earth Mud by Chris Robinson is released.
2002 Shaman by Santana is released. That same day, the band performs on the Today show.
2002 It Had To Be You…:The Great American Songbook by Rod Stewart is released.
2002 Southern Rock Christmas is released. It features songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Charlie Daniels, 38 Special, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Canned Heat, Foghat, Dixie Dregs/Kansas/Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse, Elvin Bishop, the Tractors, BR5-49, and Alabama.
2002 Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship singer Grace Slick is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
2002 The KISS book Kiss Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History is released.
2003 Stephen Stills gives a college lecture at the University Of Florida.
2004 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee appears on The Late Show With David Letterman.
2004 Rod Stewart appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.