1968: The Beatles began recording the “White Album.”
1978: Swan Song Records announced that Led Zeppelin had entered the recording studio for the first time since the death of Robert Plant’s son a year earlier. The sessions became the band’s final album, “In Through The Out Door.”
1990: The band Midnight Oil gave a free concert on flatbed trucks outside of an Exxon building in response to the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez in Alaska.
1992: Singer Paul Simon married singer Edie Brickell.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Clint Walker (“Cheyenne”) is 88. Actor Keir Dullea (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) is 79. Actor Michael J. Pollard is 76. Guitarist Lenny Davidson of The Dave Clark Five is 71. Actor Colm Meaney (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 62. Actor Ted McGinley (“Hope and Faith,” ”Married…With Children”) is 57. Actor Ralph Carter (“Good Times”) is 54. Country singer Wynonna Judd is 51. Guitarist Tom Morello of Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine is 51. Guitarist Patrick Dahlheimer of Live is 44. Singer-actress Idina Menzel is 44. Singer Cee Lo Green (Gnarls Barkley, Goodie Mob) is 40. Rapper Remy Ma is 35. Guitarist James Smith of Underoath is 33. Actor Jared Gilmore (“Once Upon A Time,” ”Mad Men”) is 15.
1961: Chuck Berry opened Berry Park, an outdoor amusement park in Wentzville, Missouri.
1976: The Who got into the “Guinness Book of World Records” as the loudest rock band ever, when their concert in England measured 120 decibels. That record has since been broken.
1978: The Trammps’ “Disco Inferno” album went gold.
1990: “Seinfeld” made its debut as “The Seinfeld Chronicles” on NBC.
In 1995, Ted Nugent placed his handprint and signature in cement in the Hollywood Rock Walk.
In 1996, singer Elsbeary Hobbs, who sang bass with The Drifters, died of throat and lung cancer in New York. He was 59.
In 1998, singer Geri Halliwell, better known as Ginger Spice, quit the Spice Girls.
In 2000, singer Johnnie Taylor died of an apparent heart attack at a hospital in Dallas. He was 62. He’s probably best known for songs like “Who’s Making Love” and “Disco Lady.” That same day, Latin bandleader Tito Puente (PWEN’-tay) died in New York from complications from open heart surgery. He was 77.
In 2006, Katie Couric appeared for the last time on NBC’s “Today” show after 15 years on the program. She left to anchor the “CBS Evening News.”
Today’s Birthdays: Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 85. Singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is 77. Keyboardist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornadoes and the Sir Douglas Quintet is 75. Actress Sharon Gless (“Cagney and Lacey”) is 72. Actor Tom Berenger is 65. Actor Gregory Harrison is 65. Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso (“Jurassic Park III” ”Lords of Dogtown” is 60. Actor Kyle Secor (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) is 58. Comedian Chris Elliott is 55. Actress Lea Thompson (“Caroline in the City,” ”Back to the Future”) is 54. Singer Corey Hart is 53. Rapper DMC of Run-DMC is 51. Actress Brooke Shields is 50. Country bassist Ed Adkins of The Derailers is 48. Actress Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”) is 43. Actor Colin Farrell is 39. Trumpet player Scott Klopfenstein of Reel Big Fish is 38. Drummer Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy is 35. Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is 29. Actor Curtis Williams Jr. (“Parent’Hood” ) is 28. Singer Normani Hamilton is 19.