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- 1991 ~ Kiss drummer Eric Carr dies in New York of cancer at 41. Doctors removed a cancerous tumor in Carr’s heart in April but the cancer had already spread to his lungs. He joined Kiss in 1982 when founding drummer Peter Criss left the group.
- 1991 ~ Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at 45. Queen’s biggest hits were the No. 1 songs “Another One Bites the Dust,” which sold more than 2 million copies, and the million-selling “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” The group is also well known for the double-sided hit “We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You.”
- 1991 ~ Cyndi Lauper is married in Manhattan to actor David Thornton.
- 1985 ~ Blues singer Big Joe Turner dies. His biggest hits are “Chains of Love,” “Honey Hush” and “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”
- 1985 ~ No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Separate Lives,” Phil Collins & ;Marilyn Martin. Songwriter Stephen Bishop is nominated for an Oscar for the song, which appears in the movie “White Nights.”
- 1968 ~ No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Love Child,” Diana Ross & the Supremes. The group introduces the song on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
- 1961 ~ Howlin’ Wolf arrives in London for his first European tour.
- 1955 ~ No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sixteen Tons,” Tennessee Ernie Ford.