This Day in History

This Day in History

This Day in History

2015

Former REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath dies at 65 after suffering complications from a stomach ailment brought on by alcoholism.

2009

Kanye West, disappointed that “Single Ladies” didn’t win, interrupts 19-year-old country singer Taylor Swift onstage as she accepts the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video. He snatches the mic from her and announces, “Yo, Taylor I’m really happy for you, I’m-a let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!”

2007
The N-F-L dishes out 750-thousand dollars in fines against the New England Patriots and the team’s head coach, Bill Belichick, for using video cameras to steal the signals of opposing teams. The team was caught in the act while trouncing the New York Jets days earlier. The team would also lose a first-round draft pick.
2006
Lukas Rossi is declared the winner of C-B-S T-V’s Rock Star: Supernova and takes the lead vocal role in the band of the same name.
2005
Paul McCartney releases Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, his first studio album in four years.
2004
Each of the 276 studio audience members at Oprah Winfrey‘s season premiere receives the keys to a new Pontiac!
2004
The law banning private possession of 19 types of semi-automatic weapons expires. The Bush administration is criticized for bowing to the National Rifle Association, which opposed extending the ban, and for not urging Congress to extend it.
2001
Secretary of State Colin Powell names Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States; limited commercial flights resume for the first time in two days.
2000
With the government all but abandoning its case against him, former Los Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee pleads guilty in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to a single count of mishandling nuclear secrets, for which he serves nine months in jail.
2000
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic primary to run for the Senate from New York.
2000
Santana picks up three awards at the Latin Grammy Awards, capping an award-laden year for the veteran rocker.
1998
Former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace dies at age 79.
1997
Funeral services are held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa.
1996
Tupac Shakur dies in a Las Vegas hospital–six days after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
1993

Late Night With Conan O’Brien premieres on NBC.

1989
Natalie Cole marries her second husband, record producer Andre Fischer. They will divorce in 1995.
1989

Fay Vincent is named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti.

1989

Bruce Springsteen records “Viva Las Vegas” for The Last Temptation of Elvis, a British Elvis Presley tribute album.

1985
Stevie Wonder releases the In Square Circle album.
1983

Huey Lewis and the News release Sports.

1980

Elton John performs a free concert before an estimated 450,000 fans in New York’s Central Park. It’s within earshot of the Dakota, where his pal John Lennon lives, so Elton includes “Imagine” in his set.

1980

“Fame” by Irene Cara peaks at number-four on the pop chart.

1980

Hold Out becomes the first chart-topping album of Jackson Browne‘s career.

1976
The Brothers Johnson‘s Look Out for #1 album is certified platinum.
1976
Peter Frampton‘s fourth solo album, Frampton, is certified gold, setting the stage for the multi-platinum explosion of Frampton Comes Alive.
1975
The Guess Who performs at the Forum in Montreal. It’s the last show for lead singer Burton Cummings, who is about to launch a solo career.
1975
The Captain & Tennile sing “Love Will Keep Us Together” on Muhammad Ali‘s A-B-C special. Aretha Franklin and Barry White also perform on the show.
1975
The Isley Brothers top the Billboard album chart for the first time with The Heat Is On.
1974
Stevie Wonder begins his first tour since a near-fatal car accident a year earlier. At a party in Wonder’s honor the night before, well-wishers included Mick JaggerRoberta Flack and Dudley Moore.
1972

Chuck Berry gets a gold record for “My Ding-a-Ling.” After 17 years of writing and playing classic rock and roll, it’s his first million-selling single.

1971
The four-day rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York ends with the deaths of 33 inmates and 10 guards as state troopers and police storm the prison.
1971
James Taylor gets a gold record for “You’ve Got a Friend.”
1971
Paul and Linda McCartney have a daughter, Stella.
1969
The Plastic Ono Band, featuring John LennonEric Clapton and Yoko Ono, plays the Toronto Rock ‘n’ Revival Show alongside Chuck BerryLittle RichardJerry Lee LewisGene Vincent and Fats Domino. The performance is recorded and released on the album Live Peace in Toronto.
1969
Santana‘s self-titled debut enters the Billboard album chart, on its way to number-four.
1967

Frankie Valli gets a gold record for “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

1965
The Beatles release “Yesterday” b/w “Act Naturally” in the U-S.
1965
Ringo Starr‘s wife Maureen gives birth to their son Zak Starkey.
1965
The Supremes sing “Nothing but Heartaches” on the fall season opener of Hullabaloo. Also appearing are Sonny & Cher (“I Got You Babe”), The Strangeloves (“I Want Candy”) and The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic”).
1962
President Kennedy denounces the burning of churches in Georgia and endorses a voter registration drive in the South.
1959

Elvis Presley meets 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu when Airman First Class Currie Grant brings the step-daughter of Capt. Joseph Beaulieu to Elvis’s residence in Bad Nauheim, West Germany.

1955
Little Richard records “Tutti Frutti.”
1949
The Ladies Professional Golf Association of America (L-P-G-A) is formed in New York City.
1948
Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine is elected to the Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
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