1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song "Great Balls Of Fire."
1968 - Cass Elliot debuted as a solo act in Las Vegas, NV. She cancelled the two-week gig after one show because of tonsillitis and lack of rehearsal.
1971 - "Imagine" was recorded by John Lennon.
1977 - Billy Joel released his album "The Stranger."
1980 - Bob Marley collapsed onstage during a show in Pittsburgh, PA. It was the last show he would ever perform. He died seven months later of cancer.
1980 - Prince released the album "Dirty Mind".
1984 - Anne Murray won the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year Award for "A Little Good News". Murray was the first woman to achieve this award.
1987 - Chuck Berry was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987 - The Chuck Berry biographical film "Hail, Hail Rock & Roll" premiered.
1988 - Keith Richards appeared as a musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."
1992 - The U.S. Postal Service announced the commemorative stamp booklet that would include Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington, and Otis Redding.
1994 - "Elvis Aaron Presley - The Tribute" was aired as a pay-per-view special.
1996 - Jimmy Chamberlin, formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins, pled guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the heroin related death of Jonathan Melvin.
2001 - Liza Minnelli performed at the White House at a Columbus Day celebration.
2004 - Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison on a gun-possession charge that stemmed from a traffic stop in 2002.
2004 - It was announced that all legal documents for Britney Spears' marriage to dancer Kevin Federline had been filed. The marriage had taken place on September 18, 2004.