On this day

1965 | ‘Downtown’ made Petula Clark the first UK female singer to have a No.1 on the US singles chart since Vera Lynn in 1952.

1971 | George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a No.1 when ‘ ‘My Sweet Lord’ went to the top of the UK single charts.

1976 | David Bowie released his tenth studio album Station to Station.

1988 | Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’.

2000 | Santana started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Supernatural’.

2003 | R Kelly was arrested on new child pornography charges.

2017 | African-American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and record producer Bobby Freeman died of natural causes aged 76.

Born on this day

1974 | Kita, drummer with Lordi. They became Finland’s first ever Eurovision Song Contest winners after their song ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ won the contest held in Athens in 2006.

1975 | Nick Harmer, bass guitarist with Death Cab for Cutie.