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Pick a Day

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2018 Kendrick Lamar's album DAMN. wins the Pulitzer Prize for music, making him the first rapper to win the award, which traditionally goes to classical composers or jazz musicians.

2008 Barbra Streisand donates $5 million to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for a women's heart education and research program.

2003 Luther Vandross suffers a stroke that leaves him confined to a wheelchair. The singer, whose album Dance With My Father is released in June and goes to #1 in America, dies two years later.

2003 Jerry Lee Lewis files for divorce from his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver, who was once the president of his fan club.

1999 Skip Spence of Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape dies of lung cancer two days before his 53rd birthday.

1996 Judy Collins marries her second husband, designer Louis Nelson.

1995 Bob Seger has his second child: a daughter named Samantha Char.

1995 Gabrielle gives birth to her son Jordan. Eight months later, Jordan's father murders his stepfather and is sentenced to life in prison.

1994 Harry Connick, Jr. marries Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre in New Orleans.

1993 Billy Burnette leaves Fleetwood Mac to pursue a country music career.

1992 David Milgaard is released from jail in Canada after serving 23 years for a crime he didn't commit. The Tragically Hip, who have helped in his fight for justice, write the song "Wheat Kings" about the ordeal.

1992 Nirvana appears on the cover of Rolling Stone with Kurt Cobain wearing a T-shirt that reads, "Corporate Magazines Still Suck."

1980 Academy Award-winning composer Morris Stoloff - who worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dinah Shore during his long tenure as music director at Columbia Pictures - dies at age 81.

1977 Stevie Wonder becomes a father for the second time when his son Kieta is born.

1977 David Soul's "Don't Give Up On Us," written by Tony MacAulay, hits #1 in the US.

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Tribute Concert Celebrates Nelson Mandela's Release

1990

The Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa concert is held in Wembley Stadium, London, to celebrate the release of Mandela, who had been imprisoned since 1962. Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt all perform.

Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist and leader of the African National Congress, was given a life sentence in prison on charges of sabotage against the South African government. Before his conviction, he said: "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

After serving 27 years in prison, the future president of South Africa (1994-1999) is greeted with a six-minute standing ovation from 72,000 rock fans at Wembley Stadium. He urges the crowd to continue to support the fight against apartheid and help institute a nonracial democracy in his country. Musical guests echo Mandela's cry for freedom. In addition to a star-studded solo lineup that includes everyone from Neil Young to Lou Reed to Natalie Cole, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman - who respectively sing "Biko" and "Talkin' Bout A Revolution" - celebrate with a duet of "Don't Give Up." Meanwhile, Simple Minds sing "Mandela Day," a tune they penned for Mandela's 70th birthday celebration two months earlier. Rappers Neneh Cherry, Stetsasonic, and the Jungle Brothers are also on hand to remind the crowd of South Africa's plight, chanting "Free South Africa."

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