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Pick a Day

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2013 Christina Amphlett (frontwoman of The Divinyls) dies after a long battle with breast cancer at age 53.

2008 Soul singer Al Wilson dies at age 68 of kidney failure.

2007 Rock guitarist Lobby Loyde (of Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs, The Coloured Balls) dies at age 65 of lung cancer.

2003 Nina Simone dies at age 70 after a long battle with breast cancer.

2003 EMI and Universal Music sue the file-sharing service Napster for copyright violations.

2003 British pop group S Club 7 announces it is splitting up after five years.

2001 Peter Buck of R.E.M. gets unruly on a British Airways flight and is arrested. He is accused of drinking 15 glasses of wine, overturning a service cart and engaging in other bad behavior, but charges are eventually dropped. Buck claimed that ingesting both a sleeping pill and wine caused him to lose it.

2000 Neal Matthews Jr. (of Elvis Presley's backing group, The Jordanaires) dies of a heart attack at age 70.

1993 Bill Wyman, formerly of The Rolling Stones, marries his third wife, 33-year-old fashion designer Suzanne Accosta, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.

1990 "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor hits US #1 for the first of four weeks.

1990 Paul McCartney sets a new world record for attendance at a concert by a single artist when his tour-ending show at the Maracana Stadium in Rio draws 184,000 people.

1979 Amii Stewart's "Knock On Wood" hits #1 in America. The song was originally recorded by Eddie Floyd in 1966.

1978 31-year-old Fairport Convention lead singer Sandy Denny dies of a cerebral hemorrhage after four days in a coma.

1977 Elvis Presley begins his last concert tour in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1977 ABC airs Frank Sinatra's TV special Frank Sinatra And Friends, featuring guest stars Natalie Cole and John Denver.

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American Idol Voters Eliminate Jennifer Hudson

2004

Future Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson gets voted off season three of American Idol, where she finishes in seventh place.


After performing Barry Manilow's "Weekend In New England," Chicago-born Jennifer Hudson is voted off American Idol. The 22-year-old singer, who had been performing on Disney Cruise Lines in a production of Hercules before auditioning for the show, seemed to win favor with the Idol voters two weeks earlier with a performance of Elton John's "Circle of Life." After she's eliminated from the Top 7, theories arise to explain the shocking loss: Was she the target of racism (the bottom three of the week are all African-American females)? Did a power outage in her native city block crucial votes? Elton John comes to Hudson's defense, calling the voters who snubbed her "incredibly racist." Hudson also refuses to take the loss in stride. She tells MTV: "I don't think it was based on talent, but if it was, I was robbed."

Fantasia Barrino eventually wins the title, but Hudson will earn a few titles of her own off the Idol stage. Her breakthrough comes two years later in the form of an Academy Award-winning role in the movie Dreamgirls. Her self-titled debut album in 2008 lands at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and earns four Grammy nominations, with a win for Best R&B Album.

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