David Lynch was born.
The Flamingos form in Chicago as a quintet comprising cousins Jake and Zeke Carey (who sing bass and tenor, respectively), Paul Wilson (baritone), Johnny Carter (tenor) and lead singer Earl Lewis (who is quickly replaced by Sollie McElroy).
Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley & His Comets) was a hit.
Algeria is declared an independent nation by France.
"Give Us Your Blessings" by the Shangri-Las charts at #29.
"I'll Keep Holding On" by the Marvelettes charts at #34.
Brian Jones is found dead in his swimming pool.
The Move hits #11 in the UK with "Tonight".
Rush releases self-titled debut album.
Chet Atkins parts ways with RCA Records after 30 years. He signs with Columbia Records, for which he will record six albums.
Van Halen hits #38 with "Dancin' in the Street".
Japan hits #9 in the UK with "I Second That Emotion".
Human League hits #1 in the US with "Don't You Want Me"
Kansas hits #17 with "Play the Game Tonight".
Heart hits #33 with "This Man of Mine".
Every Breath You Take (The Police) was a hit.
The Flame (Cheap Trick) was a hit.