"The Day the Music Died" plane crash kills musicians Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, J. P. Richardson and pilot near Clear Lake Iowa.
- Loi Tolhurst, rocker (Cure-Hell's Kitchen)
- Yasuharu Konishi, Japanese musician (Pizzicato Five)
- Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
- The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, dies in plane crash at 28