1979: Former studio musician Rupert Holmes had the last number one record of the seventies with "Escape" (The Pina Colada Song). The tune stayed at the top for two weeks and the follow-up, "Him", also made the Top 10. Holmes had previously done studio work for The Drifters, The Platters and Gene Pitney. "Escape" made #23 in the UK.
1974: Harry Chapin enjoys his only number one single with "Cat's In The Cradle". The song's theme about a distant father and son relationship was suggested to Harry by his wife, after he expressed disappointment about being on tour instead of attending his son's birth.
1980: Twelve days after John Lennon was shot dead, "Just Like Starting Over" became his first UK solo #1.
1986: A California Superior Court Judge refuses to reinstate a lawsuit brought against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of a teenager who committed suicide while listening to Osbourne's "Suicide Solution". The judge ruled that Ozzy is protected by The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gives him the right to freedom of speech.
1971: Sly And The Family Stone had the number one album on the Billboard chart with "There's A Riot Going On". The original title of the LP was "Africa Talks to You", but was renamed in response to Marvin Gaye's landmark album "What's Going On".