This Day in History 6-6/ 6-7


Music History for Thursday, 6/6/13

2009 – Eminem began a two-week run at the top of the album chart with Relapse, his 6th studio album.

2006 – Musician Billy Preston, known to many as “The Fifth Beatle,” died of kidney failure.  He was 59.  Besides The Beatles, Preston collaborated with The Rolling StonesElton John and Eric Clapton, among many others.

2004 – Avril Lavigne had the number one album with Under My Skin.

2003 – Dave Rowberry, keyboardist for The Animals in the ‘60s, died at the age of 62.

2002 – Diana Ross entered a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Malibu, California.

2002 – Former Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby died at the age of 42 after an eight-year battle with Aids.

2000 – Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones checked himself into a rehab clinic in London.  He wanted to get clean before a scheduled Stones world tour.

1999 – The Backstreet Boys started a five-week run at the top of the album chart withMillennium, their first number one album.

1998 – Brandy and Monica began their domination of the top of the singles chart for 11 weeks with their hit, “The Boy Is Mine.”

1995 – Pink Floyd released the double-live CD, Pulse. Initial copies came with a blinking red light on the outside package.

1994 – Paul Stanley and his wife, Pamela Bowen Stanley, welcomed a son, Evan Shane.

1993 – A re-formed Velvet Underground performed at London’s Wembley Arena.

1992 – David Bowie married fashion model IMAN in a church ceremony in Florence, Italy.

1991 – Jazz sax legend Stan Getz died of liver cancer in Malibu, California.  He was 64.

1990 – U.S. District Judge Jose Gonzalez, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ruled rap group 2 Live Crew‘s album As Nasty as They Wanna Be was obscene.  That ruling was later overturned.

1987 – Michael Jackson severed his ties with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

1987 – British singer Kim Wilde had the number one song with a cover of The Supremes‘ hit, “You Keep Me Hanging On.”

1977 – Stevie Wonder delivered an unannounced lecture to a UCLA class studying the record industry.

1971 – The final episode of CBS’ Ed Sullivan Show featured Gladys Knight & The Pips.

1971 – Frank Zappa and The Mothers were joined live on stage at The Fillmore East in New York City by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

1969 – Rod Stewart signed a solo recording contract with Mercury Records.

1966 – The Rolling Stones had the number one single with “Paint It Black.”

1966 – Roy Orbison’s wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck ran into the motorcycle she was riding on with Roy.  She was 25 years old.

1962 – The Beatles had their first recording session at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London. They recorded four tracks, including “Love Me Do,” which became their first single.

General History for Thursday, 6/6/13

1833 – Andrew Jackson became the first U.S. president to ride in a train.

1925 – Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corporation.

1933 – The first drive-in movie theater opened, in Camden, New Jersey.

1934 – The Securities and Exchange Commission was founded.

1942 – Japanese forces retreated in the World War Two Battle of Midway.

1944 – The “D-Day” invasion of Europe took place during World War Two, as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.

1949 – George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published.  The book’s all-seeing leader, “Big Brother,” became a universal symbol of intrusive government and oppressive bureaucracy.

1966 – Black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he marched along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.

1971 – The final episode of The Ed Sullivan Show aired on CBS after more than two decades.  Gladys Knight and the Pips were the musical guests.

1978 – 20/20 debuted on ABC.

1982 – Israeli forces invaded Lebanon to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the country.

1985 – Authorities in Brazil exhumed a body later identified as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious “Angel of Death” of the Nazi Holocaust.

1998 – HBO aired the pilot episode of Sex and the City.

1992 – New York Mets first baseman Eddie Murray broke Mickey Mantle’s record for career RBIs (runs batted in) by a switch hitter when he drove in the one thousand, 510th run of his career.

1999 – Arthur Miller‘s Death of a Salesman won Best Revival, Side Men won Best Play and Fosse won Best Musical at The Tony Awards.

2001 – U.S. District Court Judge Matsch rejected a request to delay the execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy Mcveigh.

2001 – Democrats formally assumed control of the Senate, after Vermont RepublicanJames Jeffords became an independent. His defection from the party caused the Republicans to lose their majority.

2010 – Prosecutors say Mohamed Mahmoud Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, planned to travel to Somalia to “wage violent jihad.” The men, from New Jersey, arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

2010 – Protesters gathered in lower Manhattan mid-day Sunday to demonstrate against plans to build a mosque near the site of Ground Zero, where the twin towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed by Islamist hijackers on September 11, 2001.

2011 – After weeks of denials and claims his account had been hacked, Democrat Rep.Anthony Weiner admitted to sending inappropriate messages and photos “of an explicit nature” to women online. The disgraced politician stepped down from office.

Music History for Friday, 6/7/13

2012 – Fleetwood Mac alum Bob Welch passed away in Antioch, Tennessee. He was 66.

2009 – Elton John’s Billy Elliot: The Musical was the big winner at the 63rd annual Tony Awards. The musical took home 15 awards, including the Tony’s top prize for Best Musical. During the Tony’s, Bret Michaels performed and was injured when a piece of the set fell on his head. The Poison frontman didn’t suffer any serious injuries.  2008 – 3 Doors Down had the number one album in the country with their self-titled fourth effort.

2007 – Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album was certified platinum.

2007 – Kelly Clarkson joined Reba to sing “Does He Love You” at the CMA Music Festival.

2005 – Johnny Cash’s single, “Hurt,” was certified gold.

2003 – Kenny Chesney headlined his first stadium show, playing to more than 61 thousand fans at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. Brooks & DunnRascal Flatts and Keith Urban were also on the bill.

2002 – In Chicago, R. Kelly was booked on child pornography charges. He had been arrested two days before and released after posting bond.

2002 – Virgin Records announced it was dropping former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham(“Posh Spice”) from its roster after her debut solo album only sold 50-thousand copies.

2000 – The party called “Prince: A Celebration” began at Paisley Park Studios.  The weeklong event was in celebration of The Artist reclaiming his name Prince after a seven-year battle with Warner Brothers.

1999 – VH1 teamed up with NBC’s Today show for a musical instrument drive to benefit Save the Music. Over a thousand instruments were collected.

1998 – Nokia Presents the George Strait Chevy Truck Music Festival, Brought to You by Wrangler, wrapped up at Rice Stadium in Houston.  It was country music’s first stadium tour and featured Tim McGrawJohn Michael MontgomeryFaith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, and Asleep At The Wheel.

1998 – George Strait kicked off the first stadium tour in country music history at Houston’s Rice Stadium. Tim McGrawFaith HillJohn Michael Montgomery and Lee Ann Womack were also on the bill.

1997 – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill began a six-week stay at number one with “It’s Your Love.”

1997 – The rock festival called the Tibetan Freedom Concert — supporting the cause of Tibetan freedom from China — took place in New York City.  Organizers the Beastie Boys, as well as Foo FightersU2Patti SmithBjork and Radiohead were among the performers.

1995 – Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood was admitted to the hospital after his ear was leaking blood.  Turns out he had been moving his arm way too much from continuous guitar playing.

1993 – Ground was broken on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

1993 – Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol.

1991 – The youngest Osmond brother, 28-year-old Jimmy, married 24-year-old college student Michelle Larson in Salt Lake City.

1991 – Alan Jackson joined the Grand Ole Opry.

1986 – Madonna had her third number one single with “Live to Tell.”

1983 – Shawn Michelle Stevens became wife number five for Jerry Lee Lewis.

1981 – Barbara Mandrell recorded her album Barbara Mandrell Live in Nashville.

1979 – Chuck Berry performed at the White House at the request of President Jimmy Carter. One month later, Berry was sentenced to four months in jail for tax evasion.

1978 – Prince‘s first single, “Soft and Wet,” was released.

1977 – Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

1975 – Elton John‘s album Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy became the first album ever to debut at number one on Billboard’salbums chart.

1975 – John Denver had the number one single with “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”

1970 – The Who performed the rock opera Tommy at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

1969 – The supergroup Blind Faith made its live debut in London’s Hyde Park in front of 150,000 people.

1969 – ABC aired the first episode of The Johnny Cash Show with special guests Bob DylanJoni Mitchell and Doug Kershaw.

1969 – Johnny Cash debuted his own network variety series on CBS-TV.

1963 – The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut on Thank Your Lucky Stars.

General History for Friday, 6/7/13

1769 – Frontiersman Daniel Boone first began to explore what we now know as Kentucky.

1776 – Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed to the Continental Congress a resolution calling for a “Declaration of Independence.”

1864 – Abraham Lincoln was nominated for another term as president at his party’s convention in Baltimore.

1929 – The sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence.

1948 – The Communists completed their takeover of Czechoslovakia with the resignation of President Eduard Benes.

1967 – Author and critic Dorothy Parker died in New York City.

1998 – James Byrd Junior, a 49-year-old black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas.  Two white men were later sentenced to death for the crime; a third received life in prison.

1999 – Gunmen killed popular Mexican TV host Francisco “Paco” Stanley.

2000 – U.S. Federal Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the breakup of Microsoft Corporation.

2000 – announced it had sold almost 400-thousand copies of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, making it the biggest selling book in e-tailing history.

2002 – Michael Skakel was convicted of beating his neighbor Martha Moxley to death in 1975.  The two were 15 years old at the time.

2007 – Grey’s Anatomy producer ABC Television Studios announced the contract option for embattled star Isaiah Washington was not renewed for the series’ fourth season.  Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke on the hit drama, came under fire at the Golden Globe Awards earlier in the year when he uttered an anti-gay slur backstage while denying he once used it on the set in reference to gay co-star T.R. Knight.

2010 – Federal Officials Arrested 22-Year-Old U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst Spc. Bradley Manning of Potomac, Maryland. Manning was accused of stealing and leaking scores of top secret documents that were spread all over the globe when he gave them to Wikileaks.

2011 – Nintendo released the Wii U, a new video game system with a touch-screen display.

2011 – New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted to sending electronic messages and salacious photos of himself to a number of women via various social networking sites. The lawmaker, who later resigned, was married.

2012 – Denmark approves same-sex marriage.


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