1988 Yo! MTV Raps premieres on MTV, with Run-DMC hosting the pilot episode.
1981 Stevie Nicks releases her first solo album, Bella Donna.
1973 A devastating car accident drops Stevie Wonder down to two senses, as he temporarily loses smell and taste after the vehicle he's riding in runs into the back of a logging truck, and a log hits him in the face. He is in a coma for four days, but makes a strong recovery and returns to the studio in a few weeks.
1960 Chubby Checker performs "The Twist" for the first time on TV when he does it on Dick Clark's Saturday Night Beechnut Show. The song goes to #1 and starts a huge dance craze.
2012 Composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch dies from complications after a kidney transplant at age 68 in Los Angeles, California. He wrote the music for "The Way We Were."
2005 Carlo Little (The Rolling Stones' original drummer) dies of lung cancer at age 66 in Cleadon, Tyne and Wear, England.
2004 R&B superstar Rick James dies from a culmination of health problems - including heart issues, diabetes and stroke - at age 56 in Los Angeles, California.
1998 Jazz performer Nat Gonella, founder of the big band The Georgians, dies in Gosport, Hampshire, England at age 90.
1997 In a Spinal Tap moment, U2's giant lemon they are supposed to emerge from onstage doesn't open at a show in Oslo.
1994 Singer/actor Domenico Modugno dies of a heart attack at age 66 in Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy.
1993 31-year-old Sheryl Crow releases her first album, Tuesday Night Music Club. It takes about a year to catch on, but eventually sells over 7 million copies.
1989 With their song "F--k tha Police" causing an uproar, Detroit police stop N.W.A's performance before they can perform the song, and escort them back to their hotel. No charges are filed, and officers tell the rappers that they just "wanted to show the kids that you can't say 'F--k the police' in Detroit."
1988 More than a year after it was released, Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite For Destruction, goes to #1 in America.
1988 Thanks to its inclusion on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, the Contours' 1962 hit "Do You Love Me" makes another chart run, peaking at #11.
1984 Eric Roberts (bassist for Gym Class Heroes) is born in Edmeston, New York.
1981 Travis "Travie" McCoy (lead singer of Gym Class Heroes) is born in Geneva, New York.
1972 Geri Halliwell (The Spice Girls' "Ginger Spice") is born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.
1972 Procol Harum records "Conquistador" (live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra).
Hamilton, a hip-hop-infused musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, opens on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre six months after a sold-out Off-Broadway debut.
Hamilton was a Founding Father of the United States and was the country's first Secretary of the Treasury, not to mention the long-appointed frontman of the ten-dollar bill. The musical is inspired by historian Ron Chernow's 2004 biography of Hamilton's storied life and was adapted for the stage by Lin-Manuel Miranda, also known for the 2008 Tony Award-winning Broadway hit In the Heights. Led by a multiracial cast with Miranda in the lead role, the story unfolds with an orphaned Hamilton arriving in New York City ("Alexander Hamilton") and quickly becoming the leader of a group of revolutionaries ("My Shot") and continues with his roles as George Washington's right-hand man during the American Revolution ("Right Hand Man"), an advocate of the US Constitution ("Non-Stop") and a mastermind behind the national bank ("Cabinet Battle #1). The musical is hailed as the must-see show of 2015 by critics, celebrities, and politicians alike, also making tickets a coveted item among eager theatergoers. The accompanying album by the original cast is a chart success, debuting at #12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, topping the Billboard Rap Albums chart, and peaking at #2 on the Billboard Best Albums of 2015 chart. It will also earns a Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.
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