28 August

Pick a Day


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2020 Katy Perry releases her sixth album, Smile. It's bundled with the video game Katy's Quest, which she is seen playing in the video for the title track.

2016 At the MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé wins Video of the Year for "Formation." In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, she brings four mothers of shooting victims with her onto the red carpet. By the end of the evening, Bey (along with her production designer, choreographer, director, cinematographer and editor) has eight trophies.More

2009 Three days before the release of their second studio album, The First Days of Spring, Noah and the Whale lead singer Charlie Fink's brother Doug announces that he will leave the band to pursue a career in medicine. In a 2011 interview, Charlie says that Doug is still the one he consults first on matters concerning the band. "He can always see where I'm going, even when something is embryonic and sounds like madness."

2009 Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein dies of what is ruled as an accidental overdose at age 36 in his New York City apartment. This comes nearly a year after AM and his friend Travis Barker survived a fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of four others.

2005 To promote their new line of fall denim, the Gap recruits seven artists to cover their favorite songs on a commercial that airs during the MTV Video Music Awards. Joining Alanis Morissette, who sings Seal's "Crazy" in the clip, are Keith Urban, Joss Stone, Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child), Jason Mraz, John Legend, and Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd.More

2005 For the second time in two years, Art Garfunkel is arrested for marijuana possession.

2004 Lou Rawls is awarded an honorary doctorate from Ohio's Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United Negro College Fund and his "lifelong service to the education of historically disadvantaged populations."

2004 A woman claims to be badly injured by Rick Springfield's butt when he ventures into the audience as part of his show in Syracuse, New York. Her lawsuit is the butt of many jokes but is a real pain in the ass for the singer. The case isn't decided until 2015, when a jury rules in Springfield's favor.

2001 Weezer releases "Island in the Sun," the second single from Weezer (aka The Green Album).

2001 With nu-metal still alive and well, Puddle Of Mudd release their debut album, Come Clean. It sells over 3 million copies thanks to the hits "Blurry," "Control," and "She Hates Me."

2001 Mary J. Blige releases her fifth studio album, No More Drama.

1998 The Frankie Lymon biopic Why Do Fools Fall In Love opens in theaters. Named after Lymon's famous song, the film stars Larenz Tate, Halle Berry and Vivica A. Fox.

1998 The movie Studio 54, about the legendary New York Disco, opens starring Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers as the club's owners.

1997 In Leeds on the U2 Popmart tour, Bono responds to George Harrison's comment, "Bono and his band are so egocentric," by holding up a middle finger and saying, "This one's for you George!"

1996 Isaac Hayes officially protests the use of Sam and Dave's classic "Soul Man" (which he wrote) by the Bob Dole US Presidential campaign (which had renamed it "I'm A Dole Man").

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Blood In The Streets Of The Town Of Chicago


At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, overzealous police in riot gear brutally beat protestors who are demonstrating against the Vietnam War. The Doors, Graham Nash and Chicago all write songs about it.

The incident is a clear case of police brutality that energizes the antiwar movement. For Chicago (using the band name Chicago Transit Authority), it really hits home, as it takes place on their turf. On their 1969 debut album, they respond with the song "Someday (August 29, 1968)," which includes sections of the famous chant that broke out: The whole world is watching. Jim Morrison writes the event into the Doors song "Peace Frog," where he ominously sings, "Blood in the streets of the town of Chicago." Graham Nash covers it on his 1971 track "Chicago (We Can Change The World)," a call for politicians to open their eyes to the reality of what's going on in America. His song also brings up the "Chicago Seven" who were charged with inciting the riot. Image: National Archives



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