1986 At a soggy Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen gets a huge ovation when he takes the stage with the band. Twenty months earlier, Allen's left arm was severed in a car accident, and after extensive rehab and some warm-up gigs, he makes a triumphant return at the festival, playing barefoot behind a drum kit modified with electronic pedals. Scorpions and Motörhead are also on the bill, which is headlined by Ozzy Osbourne.
1969 It's Day 2 of Woodstock, featuring performances by the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and Santana. One memorable moment comes during The Who's set, when the activist Abbie Hoffman interrupts their set and grabs the microphone. After saying a few words about fellow activist John Sinclair, Pete Townshend hits him with his guitar.
2014 To announce Syro, his first Aphex Twin album in 13 years, Richard James arranges for a blimp to fly over London with his iconic logo on one side and the year on the other. The same logo is also spraypainted on New York sidewalks.
2005 Country/Bluegrass fiddler Vassar Clements (of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys) dies of lung cancer in Jamestown, New York, at age 77.
2003 The USPS unveils a new commemorative postage stamp of recently deceased composer Henry Mancini, famous for the Pink Panther theme and several other film works.
2002 Twenty-five years after the death of Elvis Presley, an album containing 30 of his #1 hits is released with "A Little Less Conversation" as a bonus track - a remix of that one went to #1 UK in June.
2000 Guitarist Alan Caddy (of The Tornados) dies at age 60 after a lifelong battle with alcoholism.
1997 Greyson Chance is born in Wichita Falls, Texas. After finding success on YouTube, he releases his first album at age 13.
1997 A tribute concert is held in Memphis, Tennessee, remembering Elvis Presley on the 20th anniversary of his death. Daughter Lisa Marie unveils the music video "Don't Cry Daddy," a virtual duet with her father that features his original vocals from the 1969 tune along with her own.
1997 The seventh annual Lollapalooza tour comes to a close at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, with Korn, Snoop Dogg and Tool headlining. With alternative music on the wane, it's the last Lollapalooza until 2003, when a more limited version of the tour is launched.
1996 With the help of Broadway star Chita Rivera, over 50,000 baseball fans at Yankee Stadium break the record for the largest group dance when they bust a move to the "Macarena," the decade's latest dance craze.
1994 Neil Young releases Sleeps with Angels, the title of which is inspired by the death of Kurt Cobain. Young's 20th studio album, its dark, brooding sound contrasts sharply with his previous album, Harvest Moon.
1994 Barenaked Ladies release their second studio album, Maybe You Should Drive.
1991 Wilfrid Thomas, broadcaster and radio commentator, dies in London, England, at age 87. Wrote the English lyrics to "Rose, Rose, I Love You," recorded by Frankie Laine in 1951.
The King is dead. Elvis Presley dies at his home in Graceland as a result of an overdose from prescription drugs.
Elvis is found dead at the age of 42 in the bathroom of his Graceland mansion, lying face down on the floor having suffered a heart attack. Although not noted on his death certificate, his condition was exacerbated if not directly caused by an overdose of prescription drugs. His autopsy finds that he had taken 14 different drugs on the night of his death including morphine, quaaludes and valium. He had hired a personal live-in doctor, George Nichopoulos, known in celebrity circles as Doctor Nick, to prescribe him with a variety of painkillers in the belief that this formal method of supply would distinguish him from a common "junkie." In the preceding eight months, Doctor Nick has written prescriptions for more than 8,000 pills, phials and injectables. At the time of his death, Elvis is a shadow of his former self. Over the last few years his health has steadily deteriorated as his intake of drugs - initially intended to control his weight - increased. His live shows had become erratic and his appearance more unkempt. His weight had ballooned to about 350 pounds. Still, he remained a huge draw and had recently filmed a CBS TV special in which his health problems were clear but his performance strong. Elvis's father, Vernon, attempts to protect the singer's reputation by sealing his autopsy report - which details his habitual drug use - for 50 years, but this has the unintended effect of adding fire to rumors that the star has faked his death. The scene of his death is not photographed or forensically analysed, since there are no suspicious circumstances. Conspiracy theories abound in the decades to come, with the singer being sighted everywhere from Graceland itself to touting T-shirts outside an Oasis concert in London. One famous photograph even appears to show him behind a screen door at Graceland after his death. Other "evidence" of Elvis remaining alive includes the spelling of his middle name on his gravestone, which reads: Elvis Aaron Presley - January 8th 1935 - August 16 1997 For most of his life Elvis had used the spelling "Aron," but had always wanted it to be spelled "Aaron," "like in the Bible." Elvis's name on his birth certificate is spelled Aaron. His family spelled it Aron. He was going to change it but then realized it had been legally spelled with a double-a all along. The record clerk had "corrected" the spelling when registering his birth. Alleged Elvis sightings are commonplace throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with him turning up in places as diverse as Ottawa, Michigan and Kalamazoo. Even as late as 2016, video emerges of a white-haired groundsman at Graceland who bears a strong resemblance to how the King might have looked had he made it to his 81st year.
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