On May 22nd, 1955, police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, canceled a dance that featured Fats Domino. Authorities were worried that rock and roll music could cause a riot.
In 1958, reporters at a London airport asked Jerry Lee Lewis about his marriage, and he revealed his wife was his 13-year-old cousin. The ensuing controversy forced Lewis to cancel most of his British tour.
In 1966, Bruce Springsteen began his songwriting career by co-writing two songs with The Castiles, Springsteen’s first band.
In 1967, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” made its premiere on PBS.
In 1974, Ten Years After played their last show, in London. They broke up the next year.
In 1992, Johnny Carson hosted his last “Tonight” show. There were no guests. Carson showed favorite clips from past shows.
In 2002, the members of Alien Ant Farm were hospitalized after their tour bus collided with a truck about 120 miles west of Madrid, Spain. Singer Dryden Mitchell fractured a vertebra, and the bus driver was killed.
Also in 2002, Rosie O’Donnell hosted her last talk show. It had run six years.
In 2010, singer Alanis Morissette married rapper Souleye at her home in Los Angeles.