1960 – Popular American disc jockey Alan Freed (a.k.a. “Moondog”) is indicted along with seven others by a federal grand jury in connection with a scandal over payola—the practice of DJs accepting cash and gifts from music promoters in exchange for playing their records. Freed is credited with introducing radio listeners across the U.S. to the blend of music that came to be called “rock ‘n roll.”
1962 – Marilyn Monroe takes center stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden as she sings “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy. About 15,000 people are on hand for the star-studded gala that takes place 10 days before JFK’s actual birthday.
1951 – Joey Ramone, born Jeffrey Ross Hyman, guitarist and lead singer of the punk rock band The Ramones (“Blitzkrieg Bop,” “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” “Rockaway Beach”) (d. 2001)
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Congress passes the Emergency Quota Act, establishing national quotas on the immigration of foreigners into the U.S.