2003 Britney Spears and Madonna share a big, juicy kiss during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna then plants one on Christina Aguilera, but we only get a glimpse of it because the director cuts to a shot of a thunderstruck Justin Timberlake in the audience.More
1968 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.More
1965 Shania Twain is born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
1963 Martin Luther King delivers his famous "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The music connection: Peter, Paul and Mary play their hit version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" before King speaks.
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."
2001 Weezer releases "Island in the Sun," the second single from Weezer (aka The Green Album).
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.
After the latest in a series of incidents between feuding brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, Oasis finally split, with Noel walking out for good. "It is with some sadness and great relief... I quit Oasis tonight," he says. "People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."
The end comes backstage before their appearance at the Rock-en-Seine festival outside of Paris. According to Noel, Liam threw a plum across the room, then came unhinged and began wildly swinging his guitar. The show is hastily cancelled along with all future performances. It's been a long time coming for the notoriously fractious band: Noel walked out on their first US tour after Liam hit him with a tambourine, and in 2000 declared he would no longer tour internationally after a drunken row in Barcelona. Each time he has eventually returned, but this split will be the last. Their last two albums, Don't Believe the Truth (2005) and Dig Out Your Soul (2008), earned Oasis renewed critical acclaim, but there is just too much bad blood between these brothers and the band has lost much of the camaraderie that was at the foundation of its popularity. Other than the Gallagher brothers, every original member of the band has been replaced, and they now exclusively use session musicians in lieu of a permanent drummer. You can also blame it on changing times: At their zenith, as the vanguard of the "Cool Britannia" movement, Oasis were feted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair following the left-wing Labour Party's landslide victory. Following the 2008 financial crash, the political mood has drifted rightwards and the band seem increasingly out of kilter both at home and abroad. Main songwriter Noel goes on to start a solo career under the name Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and the rest of the band, led by singer Liam, continue under the name Beady Eye until 2014. Neither act goes on to reach anything like the success of Oasis.
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