On this day

1969 | Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes was kidnapped at knifepoint by a maintenance man who worked in the building she lived in. She later escaped unharmed by jumping out of his car on the San Diego freeway. The kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days later.

1978 | Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy’, the singers fifth UK chart topper.

1978 | Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand’s ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ was at No.1 on the US singles chart.

1983 | MTV aired the full 14-minute version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video for the first time.

2001 | Singer Valerie Jones died aged 45.

2002 | Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested and charged with assault after he Kung-Fu kicked a police officer.

2006 | 25 year old singer and actress Beyonce was set to earn more money than any other black actress for her performance in her latest film ‘Dreamgirls’.

2008 | American singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter, and a civil and human rights activist Odetta died of heart disease age 77.

2012 | Led Zeppelin received a prestigious award from Barack Obama for their significant contribution to American culture and the arts.

2013 | Reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for the 1976 hit song ‘Police and Thieves’, died in Jamaica aged 67.

2016 | Duran Duran said they were “outraged and saddened” at losing a High Court fight to reclaim US rights to some of their most famous songs.

Born on this day

1960 | Rick Savage, bass player, Def Leppard.

1978 | Canadian singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado.

1978 | Chris Wolstenholme, bassist from English rock band Muse.

1981 | Britney Spears, US singer.

1991 | American singer and songwriter Charlie Puth best known for writing and singing on Wiz Khalifa’s US No.1 single ‘See You Again’, taken from the Furious 7 soundtrack.