. 1724 ~ Giovanni Jacopo Casanova de Seingalt, Italian violinist During his life he was also a seminarian, a secretary to a cardinal, a Venetian ensign, an abbe, a gambler, an alchemist, a spy, a lover, adventurer, and a librarian.
. 1784 ~ Ludwig Spohr, German violinist, composer and conductor
. 1869 ~ Albert Roussel, French composer
. 1908 ~ Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor
. 1922 ~ Gale Storm (Josephine Cottle), Singer
. 1925 ~ Stan Levey, Musician, composer, drummer in band with Charlie Parker
. 1928 ~ Tony Williams, Singer with The Platters
. 1932 ~ Billy Bland, Singer
. 1940 ~ Tommy Cash, Songwriter, Johnny Cash’s brother
. 1946 ~ Vincent Youmans passed away. He was an American Broadway composer and Broadway producer.
. 1958 ~ Johnny Mathis’ album, Johnny’s Greatest Hits, on Columbia Records, made it to the pop music charts for the first time. The LP remained on the charts for a record 490 weeks (nearly 9~1/2 years!) The record began its stay at number one (three weeks) on June 9, 1958. Mathis studied opera from age 13 and earned a track and field scholarship at San Francisco State College. He was invited to Olympic try-outs and chose a singing career instead. He was originally a jazz-style singer when Columbia switched Mathis to singing pop ballads. Johnny would chart over 60 albums in 30 years.
. 1982 ~ After eight years of publication to the radio and recording industry, Record World magazine ceased publication and filed for bankruptcy protection.
. 1985 ~ Broadcasters banded together to play the single, We Are the World, at 10:50 a.m. E.S.T. Stations in the United States were joined by hundreds of others around the world in a sign of unification for the African relief cause. Even Muzak made the song only the second vocal selection it has ever played in elevators and offices since its inception.