2017 David Cassidy has not fallen off the wagon, the former Partridge Family star explains two days after giving what appeared to be a drunken performance at a concert outside of Los Angeles, complete with slurring and stumbling over lyrics. He tells People magazine the real reason for his behavior: dementia. Cassidy, whose grandfather and mother (actress Evelyn Ward) both had the disease, decides to stop touring, saying, "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life."
2011 Katy Perry launches her worldwide California Dreams Tour in support of her Teenage Dream album, starting in Lisbon, Portugal, where she transforms the venue into a candy-coated wonderland. "It's very kitsch," she says. "I'm borrowing from The Wizard of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, Black Swan, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and a little John Waters. People are raising the bar so you either have to get to that level or you're out of the game."
2008 The Brit Awards take place, with Amy Winehouse performing two songs.
2003 At a Great White show in The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, while the band opens with "Desert Moon," a fire erupts when pyrotechnics ignite the soundproof insulation at back of the stage, and spreads to the ceiling. In the ensuing chaos, fans rush toward the main entrance. Of the 462 concertgoers, 100 are killed (including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and WHJY DJ Mike "The Doctor" Gonsalves, the concert's MC). In addition, 230 are injured from smoke inhalation, burns or being trampled in crowd. As a result, Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is sentenced to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter (he was paroled in 2008). The nightclub owners also receive criminal sentences.
2000 The biographical TV movie Little Richard airs on NBC, with mononymous actor Leon in the title role.
1993 Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard tops Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for the 13th week.
1985 Julia Volkova (of t.A.T.u.) is born in Moscow, Russia (then part of the Soviet Union).
1982 Death Wish II is released in the USA with a soundtrack by Jimmy Page.
1981 Rick James releases "Give It To Me Baby."
1979 George Harrison issues his eighth, self-titled album.
1976 Kiss immortalize their hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1975 Brian Littrell of Backstreet Boys is born in Lexington, Kentucky. His cousin is bandmate Kevin Richardson.
1975 "Johnny Cash Day" is declared in Los Angeles.
1969 Ringo Starr's X-rated film, Candy, premieres in London.
Public Enemy and Sinead O'Connor are nominated for Grammy Awards, but skip the ceremony: PE has beef because the rap award isn't televised, and Sinead says they "respect mostly material gain." She wins anyway, taking the trophy for Best Alternative Music Performance for her album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got.Read more
2009 The White Stripes, favorites of the host, play "We're Going To Be Friends" on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. It ends up being the last performance by the group, which splits up two years later.
1967 Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is born in Aberdeen, Washington.
1951 Randy California of the band Spirit is born in Los Angeles. Born Randy Craig Wolfe, he writes and performs the guitar instrumental "Taurus," which Led Zeppelin incorporates into the intro of "Stairway To Heaven."
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