Elvis has a first, The Beatles have a last, and there are four dead in Ohio.

May 4, 1970:

attends the premiere of "CSNY Déjà Vu" held at Eccles Theatre during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2008 in Park City, Utah.

National Guard troops kill four students and wound eleven others at Kent University. The students were taking part in a campus demonstration protesting the Vietnam War. Neil Young wrote 'Ohio' within a few hours of hearing the news, and CSNY recorded it and released it within days.

May 5, 1956:

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Elvis Presley has his first number 1 hit with 'Heartbreak Hotel'. It was also his first million seller.

May 6, 1965:

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Keith Richards comes up with the guitar riff to 'Satisfaction' while in Clearwater, Florida. He had recently purchased a Gibson fuzz-box and was trying it out.

May 7th, 1972:

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Reginald Dwight officially changes his name to Elton Hercules John.

May 8th, 1970:


The Beatles release 'Let It Be', their twelfth and final record. Though it was recorded before 'Abbey Road', it was released later. It was also originally titled 'Get Back'