On September fourth, 1959, a New York radio station banned the song "Mack The Knife" in response to a wave of stabbings.
In 1962, The Beatles, with their new drummer, Ringo Starr, recorded "Love Me Do" at EMI Studios in London. (The more familiar version with substitute drummer Andy White and Starr playing the tambourine was recorded a week later.)
In 1964, The Animals made their American debut in Brooklyn, New York.
Also in 1964, "Gilligan's Island" premiered on CBS.
In 1965, The Who had their equipment van stolen in England while they were inside an animal shelter buying a guard dog.
In 1968, radio stations in several U.S. cities banned the Rolling Stones song "Street Fighting Man" because of fears it might incite violence.
In 1977, the rock musical "Godspell" closed on Broadway.
In 1986, musician Gregg Allman was arrested for drunk driving in Florida. He had just gotten his driver's license back after a five-year suspension.
In 1991, singer Dottie West died during surgery in Nashville. She had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier. West was 58.
In 1993, actor Herve Villechaize died at the age of 50. He's probably best known for playing Tattoo on "Fantasy Island."
In 1996, Yusaf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, emerged from retirement in London to sign copies of his first album in 18 years. Music fans were disappointed, because the album "Life of the Last Prophet" was 80 percent talk.
In 2002, Kelly Clarkson was named the winner on "American Idol," beating out Justin Guarini and winning a recording contract. Nearly 22.5 million people tuned in to watch.
In 2006, Steve Irwin of the TV show "Crocodile Hunter" was killed when a stingray's barb hit him in the heart while Irwin was filming an underwater documentary. Irwin was 44.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 81. Actor Kenneth Kimmins ("Coach") is 71. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips is 70. Actress Jennifer Salt ("Soap") is 68. Bassist Ronald LaPread (The Commodores) is 62. Actress Judith Ivey is 61. Drummer Martin Chambers of The Pretenders is 61. Actress Khandi Alexander ("ER," "NewsRadio") is 55. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 52. Guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden is 52. Actress Ione Skye is 42. Singer Richard Wingo of Jagged Edge is 37. Actor Wes Bentley ("American Beauty") is 34. Actor Max Greenfield ("New Girl") is 33. Singer Dan Miller of O-Town is 32. Singer Beyonce' Knowles (Destiny's Child) is 31. Singer-guitarist Tom Gossin of Gloriana is 31. Actor Carter Jenkins is 21. Actor Trevor Gagnon ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") is 17.
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