On this day

1972 | David Bowie released ‘Starman’ as a single in the UK, which became his first hit since 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ three years before.

1980 | Gary Numan released ‘The Touring Principle’, the first long-form rock video to be made commercially available in the UK.

1994 | Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain’s occupation as Poet/Musician and his type of business as Punk Rock.

2009 | Former Beatle George Harrison was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

2013 | Justin Bieber caused outrage after writing a message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum, which stated he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan.

Born on this day

1932 | Loretta Lynn, country singer, the first woman to be named Country Music Artist Entertainer Of The Year.

1945 | English guitarist and songwriter Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple.

1948 | Larry Ferguson, Hot Chocolate, who had the 1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’.

1980 | Win Butler, lead vocalist, songwriter with the Grammy Award-winning indie rock band Arcade Fire.