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2017 Pepsi posts a commercial featuring the Skip Marley protest song "Lions" that is pulled the next day amid controversy that it makes light of actual protests.More

2015 Marilyn Manson is sucker punched by a fellow patron at a Denny's in Alberta, Canada. The rocker, who stopped by the restaurant for a late-night meal after a show promoting his Pale Emperor album, denies claims that he insulted the assailant's girlfriend and spurred the incident.

2014 Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes announce the end of their 25-year marriage that included the birth of three sons. The pair met in 1983 when both were working on the film Staying Alive (Marx on the soundtrack, Rhodes as a dancer).

2012 The single "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber debuts at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's the third-highest first-week sale at 600,000 copies sold. Lots of teenage girls want to be Bieber's girlfriend.

2009 At the Public Hall in Cleveland, Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Run-DMC and Bobby Womack are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2008 The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones concert documentary Shine A Light hits theaters. The next week, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jack White appear on the cover of Rolling Stone with the headline, "Blues Brothers."

2008 Procol Harum's Gary Brooker wins an appeal in London to an earlier ruling, which stated that Harum organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to 40 percent of the royalties from the band's 1967 smash "A Whiter Shade Of Pale." Though the new ruling notes that Fisher wrote the organ line and should be co-credited, it also overturns the royalty award by noting that Fisher waited 38 years to sue.

2008 New Kids on the Block announce their upcoming reunion tour during NBC's Today show in New York City.

2007 An article is published in New Musical Express quoting Keith Richards as saying, "I snorted my father." Richards later claims it was an April Fools' joke.

2005 A man who won an out-of-court settlement in 1994 against the singer for a similar charge testifies in Michael Jackson's current molestation trial.

2003 The Rolling Stones make their stage debut in India, performing at Bangalore Palace in the middle of a monsoon!

1996 More trouble for Wilson Pickett, who after serving a one-year jail sentence in 1994 is arrested at his New Jersey home and charged with possession of two grams of cocaine. Still on probation, he enters a rehab center in August.

1996 Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia's ashes are scattered in the Ganges river in India by Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Garcia's widow, Deborah.

1992 Beastie Boys make their first concert appearance playing instruments at a show at The Palladium in Los Angeles.

1987 Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond and used in the movie Mannequin, hits #1 in the US.

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Jay-Z And Beyoncé Get Married In Secret Ceremony


After years of quiet courtship, Jay-Z and Beyoncé get married in a secret ceremony, becoming the most powerful couple in entertainment.

The couple (he's 38, she's 26), started dating around 2002 and did their first collaboration that year on the song "'03 Bonnie And Clyde." They kept coy, but by the time they released "Crazy In Love" in 2003, it was clear they were a couple. Despite numerous public appearances together, they keep quiet about their relationship - a tactic that helps preserve it. When the wedding finally happens, it's on the down-low, taking place at Jay's penthouse apartment in New York City with 40 guests in attendance. There is no wedding party, and no exchange of rings: husband and wife each get "IV" tattooed on their ring fingers, a reference to their magic number 4, as they were both born on the 4th of a month (note the wedding date: 4/4). The next day, Jay resumes his "Heart of the City" tour with Mary J. Blige, who breaks the news on stage when she says, "Congratulations to my man Jay-Z and my girl B." Beyoncé shows off her engagement ring at one of her husband's concerts a few days later, but doesn't talk about the nuptials until six months later, when she tells Essence magazine: "What Jay and I have is real." On their 2014 "On The Run" tour, Jay and Bey unveil video from the wedding, which plays in between their performances.



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