In 1970, singer Joni Mitchell announced her retirement from live performances. She was back to doing shows within the year.
In 1971, James Taylor made his prime-time TV debut on "The Johnny Cash Show." Taylor sang "Fire and Rain" and "Carolina on My Mind."
In 1979, The Clash kicked off its first U.S. tour in New York.
In 1982, jazz pianist Thelonius Monk died after a long illness at the age of 64.
In 1988, in Hollywood, Florida, a 12-year-old fan of Motley Crue set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the group's "Live Wire" video. He suffered burns over 10 percent of his body. Motley Crue said the band's stunts should not be tried at home.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Hal Holbrook is 88. Singer Bobby Lewis is 80. Comedian Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) is 79. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 78. Actress Christina Pickles ("The Wedding Singer," "St. Elsewhere") is 78. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 74. Actress Brenda Fricker is 68. Actress Rene Russo is 59. Actor Richard Karn ("Home Improvement") is 57. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 51. Comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 50. Singer Chante Moore is 46. Guitarist Tim Mahoney of 311 (three-eleven) is 43. Actor Dominic Purcell ("Prison Break") is 43. Actress Denise Richards is 42. Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is 41. Actor Jerry O'Connell is 39. Country singer Bryan White is 39. Actor Jason Ritter ("Joan of Arcadia") is 33. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 32. Actor Chord Overstreet ("Glee") is 24.