1956 – Elvis Presley enters music charts for the first time with “Heartbreak Hotel.”

1967 – The Beatles record the crashing piano chord at the end of “A Day in the Life.” Down the hall, Pink Floyd are working on their debut album.

1968 – Genesis release their first single, “The Silent Sun.”

1969 – David Bowie opens for T-Rex at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. He performs a one-man mime show rather than music. (read more about Bowie’s mime act and his relationship with Marc Bolan here)

1987 – Andy Warhol dies.

1993 – Radiohead releases their debut album, Pablo Honey.

2006 – The one billionth song is downloaded on iTunes; the song is Coldplay’s “The Speed of Sound.”

2011 – Adele releases her sophomore album, 21. The album sells 5.82 million copies by the end of the year.

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.