This Day In History


Music History for Tuesday, 6/18/13

2011 – Clarence Clemons, the famed saxophonist and bandmate of Bruce Springsteenand his E Street Band, died at 69, from complications of a stroke.

2010 – John Lennon‘s autographed lyrics for “A Day in the Life” from the groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band fetched $1,202,500 on the block at Sotheby’s Auction house in New York City.

2008 – The Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles filed suit against record producer Phil Spector for 110 thousand dollars in unpaid bills.  The hotel housed Spector and his defense team during his six-month murder trial in 2007, and the Westin said Spector stopped paying the bills for the rooms four months in.

2007 – Singer and producer Hank Medress died at the age of 68 of lung cancer.  Medress sang on The Tokens’ hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and produced the hit single “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons as well as “Knock Three Times” by Tony Orlando.

2002 – U2 lost a bid to prevent the demolition of Hanover Quay studio in Dublin, where the band recorded its album All That You Can’t Leave Behind.

1998 – David Cassidy began selling a two-CD set exclusively on the cable TV shopping network QVC.

1998 – Heart, featuring Ann Wilson, kicked off a U.S. tour in Chicago.

1997 – Country Music Association entertainers of the year, Brooks & Dunn, played a special show for their fan club at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  After the show, the duo stuck around to sign autographs for all two thousand fans that came to the concert. Brooks & Dunn started signing at 9 p.m. and finished at 5 a.m. the next morning.

1997 – U2 played the first of two nights at the Oakland Coliseum. Oasis was the opening act.

1996 – Beck released his Odelay album.

1995 – Notorious B.I.G., real name Christopher Wallace, was arrested in Camden, New Jersey on robbery and aggravated assault charges.

1994 – The Beastie Boys debuted at number one on the album chart with Ill Communication.

1987 – A woman sued Motley Crue for five thousand dollars, claiming she lost her hearing due to the loud volume of their concert.

1987 – Bruce Springsteen officially separated from his wife, Julianne, the same day pictures of him with Patti Scialfa appeared on Entertainment Tonight.

1983 – The Swiss electronic band Yello released the first 3-D picture disc. It came with 3-D glasses.

1980 – The Blues Brothers movie premiered in New York City.

1977 – Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols were stabbed and beaten in a parking lot outside a London pub.

1977 – Fleetwood Mac had their first and only number one single with “Dreams.”

1976 – ABBA gave a command performance for the King of Sweden.

1975 – Elvis Presley had a facelift at Mid-South hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave its first U.S. performance at the Monterey Pop Festival.

1965 – The Four Tops had the number one song with “I Can’t Help Myself.”

General History for Tuesday, 6/18/13

1812 – The War of 1812 began as the U.S. declared war against Great Britain. The conflict began over trade restrictions.

1815 – At the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22nd.

1942 – The U.S. Navy commissioned its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.

1948 – The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights.

1975 – Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, a triple and a single in a game against the Detroit Tigers.

1979 – In Vienna, President Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) 2.

1983 – Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

1999 – Walt Disney’s Tarzan opened.

2002 – In Jerusalem, a suicide bomber killed 19 people and injured at least 50 more on a city bus.  The Islamic militant group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

2010 – Campbell Soup Co. announced a recall of 15 million pounds of canned SpaghettiOs with meatballs because of possible under-cooking. That’s a lotta O’s.

2011 – Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds became the first female commander of Parris Island, the storied South Carolina military base that has trained thousands of young Marines.

Music News for Wednesday, 6/19/13

2012 – Celine Dion marked her 800th performance overall at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. That counts both her performances with her first show, A New Day, which opened in 2003, and her performances with her new show, Celine, which debuted in March of 2011. In addition, that day also marked the 31st anniversary of Celine’s showbiz debut. Her first-ever TV appearance took place June 19, 1981, on the Quebec TV Show Michel Jasmin. She was just 13, and sang a song she co-wrote with her mom and her brother titled “It Was Only a Dream.”

2011 – A representative for Amy Winehouse announced the cancellation of two upcoming European tour dates after a disastrous performance in Belgrade, Serbia. The singer was booed off stage after several songs, often forgetting lyrics and stumbling around the stage. The singer, who had been plagued by alcohol and drug problems, was found dead at her home a little more than a month later.

2009 – A piece of music history went up in smoke when fire gutted the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia. The 19th-century building hosted some of the earliest shows from TheB-52sR.E.M. and the Indigo Girls.

2006 – Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes married his partner, Richard Cullen, in a civil ceremony on London.

2001 – Animated versions of rapper Nelly and his associates, St. Lunatics, made their online starring debuts in the Flash Game Rip Van Nelly.

1998 – The second annual Lilith Fair kicked off in Portland, Oregon. Sinead O’Connoropened the show.

1990 – Prince started a twelve-night sold-out run at Wembley Arena in London.

1988 – Over 3,000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson. Jackson was performing a concert on the other side of the wall in West Berlin.

1988 – Teen star Debbie Gibson had the number one single with “Foolish Beat.”

1980 – Donna Summer was the first act signed to David Geffen‘s new record label, Geffen Records, through Warner Brothers.

1976 – Wild Cherry‘s “Play that Funky Music” was released.

1971 – Carole King had a double-A-sided number one single with “It’s Too Late/I Feel The Earth Move.”

1967 – In an interview with Life magazine, Paul McCartney admitted he had taken LSD.

1966 – The Beatles had the number one single with “Paperback Writer.”

1961 – Pat Boone had the number one single with “Moody River.”

General History for Wednesday, 6/19/13

1536 – Anne BoleynHenry Viii‘s second wife, was beheaded.

1846 – The New York Knickerbocker Club played the New York Club at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. It’s considered the first organized baseball game.

1862 – President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories.

1865 – The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed in Texas.

1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor, a gift from France.

1905 – The world’s first nickelodeon opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It seated 95 people, and admission was five cents to watch a film or a live vaudeville act.

1912 – The U.S. government established the eight-hour workday.

1934 – Congress established the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The commission was to regulate radio and, later, TV broadcasting.

1942 – Norma Jeane Mortenson, the birth name of Marilyn Monroe, and her 21-year-old neighbor Jimmy Dougherty were married.  They were divorced in June of 1946.

1953 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. They had been convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

1973 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got his two-thousandth career hit.

1986 – University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died of a cocaine-induced seizure.

1987 – The Supreme Court struck down the Louisiana law that required that schools teach creationism.

1999 – Stephen King was struck from behind by a mini-van while walking along a road in Maine.

1999 – The Dallas Stars won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Buffalo Sabres in the third overtime of game six.

2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the First Amendment, which called for the separation of church and state.

2002 – Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai was sworn in.

2011 – Four people were executed in a pharmacy shooting in Medford, New York. The suspect, David Laffer, was arrested for murder, while his wife, Melinda Brady, 29, was also arrested on charges of robbery and obstructing governmental administration. She was reported to be the getaway driver. Sources say Laffer carried out the murders so he could steal more than 11,000 pain pills to feed an addiction.


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