1977: A&M Records in Britain signed the Sex Pistols in a ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, two months after EMI nulled its contract with the band. A&M ended its association with the band nine days later.
1988: Pop singer Andy Gibb died of a heart condition in Oxford, England. Gibb was 30.
1992: Prince received a lifetime achievement award at the Soul Train Awards. Winners of other awards included Natalie Cole and Color Me Badd.
1993: Ventriloquist Shari Lewis and the puppet “Lamb Chop” testified before a House subcommittee, saying that there weren’t enough good TV shows for kids.
2003: The Police reunited for their first show together in 18 years, at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Today’s Birthdays: Bluegrass/country singer-musician Norman Blake is 78. Actor Chuck Norris is 76. Playwright David Rabe is 76. Singer Dean Torrence (Jan and Dean) is 76. Actress Katharine Houghton is 74. Actor Richard Gant is 72. Rock musician Tom Scholz (Boston) is 69. TV personality/businesswoman Barbara Corcoran (TV: “Shark Tank”) is 67. Actress Aloma Wright is 66. Blues musician Ronnie Earl (Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters) is 63. Producer-director-writer Paul Haggis is 63. Alt-country/rock musician Gary Louris is 61. Actress Shannon Tweed is 59. Pop/jazz singer Jeanie Bryson is 58. Actress Sharon Stone is 58. Rock musician Gail Greenwood is 56. Magician Lance Burton is 56. Movie producer Scott Gardenhour is 55. Actress Jasmine Guy is 54. Rock musician Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) is 53. Music producer Rick Rubin is 53. Rock singer Edie Brickell is 50. Actor Stephen Mailer is 50. Actor Philip Anthony-Rodriguez is 48. Actress Paget Brewster is 47. Actor Jon Hamm is 45. Country singer Daryle Singletary is 45. Rapper-producer Timbaland is 44. Actor Cristian de la Fuente is 42. Rock musician Jerry Horton (Papa Roach) is 41. Actor Jeff Branson is 39. Singer Robin Thicke is 39. Actress Bree Turner is 39. Contemporary Christian singer Michael Barnes (Red) is 37. Actor Edi Gathegi is 37. Rock musician Matt Asti (MGMT) is 36. Country singer Carrie Underwood is 33. Actress Olivia Wilde is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Emeli Sande is 29. Country singer Rachel Reinert is 27. Actress Emily Osment is 24.