Music History for Thursday, 5/30/13
2010 – After years of trying to have more children, singer Celine Dion and her husband-manager Rene Angelil announced through their rep she was 14 weeks pregnant with twins.
2009 – Ozzy Osbourne filed suit against Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi over royalties and over ownership of the band’s name.
2008 – Green Day had the number one album in the country with their 8th studio album, 21st Century Breakdown.
2000 – Sax player and vocalist Tex Beneke, who took over leadership of the Glenn Miller Orchestra after Miller died, passed away at age 86.
1999 – After a bomb threat, more than three thousand people had to be evacuated from a Kenny Rogers concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1999 – In New Jersey, Lenny Kravitz walked offstage after 40 minutes and collapsed from heat exhaustion. He had been performing in a fur coat.
1999 – Faith Hill had a surprise guest as her opening at her show at New York City’s Beacon Theater — her husband, Tim McGraw.
1997 – Neil Young canceled his European tour because he had cut his finger while slicing a ham sandwich.
1993 – Avant garde jazz great Sun Ra died at the age of 79.
1992 – Paul Simon married Edie Brickell. It was the 24-year-old Brickell’s first marriage and the third for 50-year-old Simon. One of Simon’s exes was actress Carrie Fisher.
1990 – Midnight Oil closed down 6th Avenue in New York City as they played a protest concert in front of Exxon’s offices in reaction to the Exxon Valdez disaster.
1988 – George Michael had the number one song with “One More Try.”
1987 – Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz was arrested for allegedly hitting a female fan during a concert in Liverpool, England.
1973 – “My Love” by Paul McCartney & Wings was the number one single. It was McCartney’s first number one with his new group.
1966 – Dolly Parton married her husband, Carl Dean. They’re still married today and have no kids.
1963 – Lesley Gore had the number one single with “It’s My Party.”
General History for Thursday, 5/30/13
1922 – The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington.
1937 – Ten people were killed when police fired on steelworkers demonstrating near the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago.
1958 – Unidentified soldiers killed in World War Two and the Korean conflict were buried at Arlington National Cemetary.
1967 – Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 16 automobiles in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, California.
1981 – The president of Bangladesh, Ziaur Rahman, was assassinated in a failed military coup.
1991 – The Supreme Court ruled prosecutors can be sued for the legal advice they give police and can be forced to pay damages when that advice leads to someone’s rights being violated.
1996 – Britain’s Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their ten-year marriage.
1997 – Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, New Jersey, of raping and strangling a seven-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired “Megan’s Law,” which requires communities to be notified when sex offenders move in.
2001 – Basketball great Moses Malone entered that sport’s hall of fame.
2008 – The film version of HBO’s series Sex and the City premiered in theaters, raking in 55.7 million dollars in its opening weekend.
2010 – Officials announced the Seychelles Coast Guard and the Australian Navy stopped separate pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden, officials.
2011 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to end nuclear power by 2022.
2012 – Charles Taylor, former Liberian president, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role during the Sierra Leone Civil War.