1964: The Rolling Stones met two of their idols during a recording session, when they ran into bluesmen Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters at Chicago’s Chess studios.
1966: A Beatles record featuring a new audio effect was released. “Rain” used a tape played in reverse. John Lennon said the reverse-tape effect wasn’t planned; the tape was just put on the wrong way.
1967: Actor Spencer Tracy died, just weeks after he finished filming “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” He was 67.
1990: The band 311 played their first gig, opening for Fugazi in Omaha, Nebraska.
1992: A Texas law enforcement agency called for a national boycott of “Cop Killer” by Ice-T. Sales of the song skyrocketed.
1993: Burt Reynolds filed for divorce from Loni Anderson after five years of marriage, blaming irreconcilable differences.
2005: Singer Ray Charles died of liver disease at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was 73.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles is 74. Actor Andrew Stevens is 60. Bassist Kim Deal of The Pixies and The Breeders is 54. Singer Maxi Priest is 54. Actress Gina Gershon is 53. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 52. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan) is 51. Actress Kate Flannery (“The Office”) is 51. Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is 50. Guitarist Joey Santiago of The Pixies is 50. Guitarist Emma Anderson (Lush) is 48. Country guitarist Brian Hofeldt of The Derailers is 48. Singer Mike Doughty (DOH’-tee) (Soul Coughing) is 45. Singer JoJo of K-Ci and JoJo is 44. Singer Faith Evans is 42. Singer Lemisha Grinstead of 702 is 37. Actor DJ Qualls (“Hustle and Flow”) is 37. Actor Shane West (“ER”) is 37. Country singer Lee Brice is 36. Singer Hoku is 34. Actress Leelee Sobieski is 33.