1912– Woodie Guthrie is born. He would write thousands of songs, many that remain unrecorded as lyric sheets in the Guthrie Archives.
1979– Donna Summer scored her third No.1 US single with ‘Bad Girls’ the album of the same name also started a five week run at No.1. The inspiration for her to write the song came after one of her assistants was offended by a police officer who thought she was a street prostitute.
1992– Aretha Franklin opens the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York by singing the national anthem.
1992– Olivia Newton-John makes public her bout with breast cancer, which she will eventually beat.