In 1920, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck was born. Brubeck was a jazz legend who defied convention while retaining commercial appeal, and his work influenced countless artists across the genre spectrum. He died on 12/5/12 of heart failure. RIP Dave. Let's all 'Take Five' for Dave Brubeck.
In 1956, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is born.
In 1969, The Rolling Stones played the infamous free festival at Altamont in California. Also on the bill were Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell's Angels who'd been hired to police the event. It's claimed Hunter was waving a revolver. Film of the incident was incorporated into the Rolling Stones documentary "Gimme Shelter."
In 1978, Sid Vicious smashed glass in the face of Patti Smith's brother Todd during an altercation at New York rock club Hurrah. Vicious was out on bail after being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
In 1988, singer/songwriter Roy Orbison died of a heart attack aged 52.
In 1995, during a rehearsal for his HBO special, Michael Jackson: One Night Only at The Beacon Theater in New York, M J collapsed. He was treated for dehydration at Beth Israel Medical Center North.
In 2005, British pop star Robbie Williams accepted substantial libel damages over claims that he was secretly homosexual. The People newspaper, Star and Hot Stars magazines in 2004 published stories alleging Mr Williams had engaged in casual homosexual sex. The publications' owners, MGN Limited and Northern & Shell plc, admitted the stories were untrue and agreed to undisclosed damages. Tom Shields QC, told the court: "Mr Williams is not, and has never been, homosexual."