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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.



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 – Amazon.com 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.


This Day in History


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.