23 August

Pick a Day

23 AUGUST

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2019 Taylor Swift releases Lover, an upbeat album that stands in contrast to her previous release, the serpentine Reputation.More

2014 The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack, an awesome mix of '70s hits, goes to #1 in America, where it stays for two weeks.More

2013 In an interview with AARP Magazine, Linda Ronstadt reveals she has Parkinson's disease, which ended her singing career in 2009.

2008 Erykah Badu joins My Morning Jacket during their performance in Dallas to perform her song "Tyrone."

2005 Bay City Rollers' lead singer Les McKeown is arraigned on cocaine possession and distribution charges in London. He is eventually acquitted of the intent to distribute.

2000 Kenny Loggins is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers marries his third wife, Patti Arnold, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

1996 The movie She's The One, with a soundtrack by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, opens in theaters. Jennifer Aniston and Edward Burns, who star in the film, appear in the video for "Walls."

1995 Industrial/techno musician Dwayne Goettel (of Skinny Puppy) dies of a heroin overdose in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at age 31.

1993 News of Michael Jackson's child molestation investigation is finally made public by the Los Angeles police.

1990 David Rose (leader of David Rose & His Orchestra) dies of natural causes in Burbank, California, at age 80.

1989 Ric Ocasek of The Cars marries the model Paulina Porizkova. They met when she starred in the video for the Cars hit Drive.

1987 At a 20th anniversary "Summer Of Love" celebration concert in Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angel Camp, California, featuring the Grateful Dead, a man who escaped from a drug treatment facility shoots a policeman and is then shot dead.

1980 David Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes" hits #1 on the UK chart.

1978 Steve Martin's "King Tut" is certified Gold.

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Call Him Dr. May

2007

Brian May of Queen gets a degree from London's Imperial College. It's not one of those honorary degrees either - he earned a PhD in astrophysics. He would have gotten it sooner, but he was busy being a rock star.


A full 36 years after abandoning his studies to tour the world with Queen, Dr. Brian May hands in his 48,000 word thesis - at the age of 60. He re-registered in 2006 after being contacted by Michael Rowan-Robsinson - the Head of Astrophysics at Imperial College London - who had heard him speaking in interviews of his desire to complete his doctorate. Since graduating in 1970 with his bachelor's degree in physics at Imperial College London, May has remained fascinated by the stars. For many years he has appeared semi-regularly as a guest on the British astronomy TV show The Sky At Night. In 2006 he co-authored a book with the show's host, British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, entitled Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe. May's work is the culmination of his original 1970-74 studies on the kinematics of the zodiacal dust cloud made from the island of Tenerife - which he studied over a period of 33 years. Following a tough three-hour oral examination (or viva voce) he is awarded a category two pass - meaning some further revisions are required - and he says he is keen to continue with further research in his specialist area.

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