. 1839 ~ John Knowles Paine, first American-born composer to achieve fame for large-scale orchestral music.
. 1880 First performance of Nikolai Andreyevich Rimski-Korsakov’s opera May Night in St. Petersburg
. 1898 ~ Gracie Fields (Grace Stansfield), Comedienne, singer
. 1899 ~ Russian pianist and composer Alexander Nikolayevich Tcherepnin was born in St. Petersburg.
. 1902 ~ Sir Rudolf Bing, Austrian-born British operatic impresario, manager of the Metropolitan Opera House from 1950 to 1972
. 1941 ~ Joan Baez, American folk singer, guitarist and songwriter
. 1941 ~ Sammy Kaye and his orchestra recorded Until Tomorrow on Victor Records. This song became the sign-off melody for Kaye and other big bands.
. 1944 ~ Scott (Noel) Engel, Singer with The Walker Brothers
. 1944 ~ Jimmy Page, Guitarist with Led Zeppelin
. 1948 ~ Walter Piston’s 3rd Symphony in E, premiered in Boston
. 1948 ~ Bill Cowsill, Singer with The Cowsills
. 1950 ~ David Johansen (Buster Poindexter), Singer with New York Dolls, actor
. 1951 ~ Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gail Webb), Singer, Loretta Lynn’s sister
. 2001 ~ Apple announced iTunes at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, for organizing and playing digital music and videos
. 2003 – A grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000.