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May 20, 2012 Lady Gaga appears on The Simpsons, where she tries to help Lisa improve her social standing in the episode "Lisa Goes Gaga."

July 27, 2007 The Simpsons Movie debuts. Early in the film, Green Day sink into Lake Springfield.

March 13, 2006 Isaac Hayes quits the TV series South Park after an episode airs mocking his religion, Scientology.More

November 10, 2002 Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, and Brian Setzer guest star on The Simpsons in an episode where they run a rock and roll fantasy camp. The first rule of the camp: There are no rules! Second rule: No outside food.More

January 2, 1999 "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" from the TV series South Park hits #1 in the UK.More

January 5, 1997 Johnny Cash plays Coyote, Homer Simpson's imaginary guru, on The Simpsons. Coyote tells Homer to buy more material possessions.

October 15, 1995 Paul McCartney and his wife Linda appear on an episode of The Simpsons where they help Lisa become a vegetarian. Paul explains that if you play "Maybe I'm Amazed" backwards, you'll hear a recipe for lentil soup.

September 30, 1993 George Harrison and David Crosby play their animated selves on the Season 5 premiere of The Simpsons, "Homer's Barbershop Quartet."

November 21, 1991 An animated Aerosmith perform "Walk This Way" on the "Flaming Moe's" episode of The Simpsons. The band is one of the first musical guests on the show.

September 19, 1991 Michael Jackson is a guest voice on The Simpsons, where he plays a mental patient Homer befriends named Leon Kompowsky.

September 8, 1990 The New Kids On The Block cartoon series makes its debut. Lasting just one season on ABC, the animated New Kids travel the world and face challenges like getting to concerts on time.

December 17, 1989 The Simpsons debuts on Fox with the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." The show quickly attracts big-name guest stars, including many musicians. In Season 3, Michael Jackson, Sting and Aerosmith appear.

July 29, 1966 A US magazine targeted to teenagers called Datebook causes an uproar when they reprint some of John Lennon's interview from four months earlier in the London Evening Standard where Lennon said, "We're more popular than Jesus now." The American media jump on the quote and turns it into a major story.

December 9, 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas makes its debut, airing on CBS in place of The Munsters. The famous score, which becomes synonymous with the Peanuts, is written by the jazz musician Vince Guaraldi and performed by his trio.More

September 23, 2007 Lionel Richie appears on The Simpsons in the episode "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs."

May 11, 2003 Jackson Browne appears on the "Brake My Wife, Please" episode of The Simpsons.

January 5, 2003 Little Richard guest stars on the "Special Edna" episode of The Simpsons.

February 24, 2002 Charlie Daniels appears on the "Peggy's Fan Fair" episode of the animated Fox TV series King Of The Hill.

March 26, 2001 Gorillaz release their debut self-titled album, which becomes a surprise chart success in the US. Although the band's vocalist, Damon Albarn, is well known in Europe through his band Blur, he is virtually unknown in the States, leading to low expectations for the release. The album eventually sells over a million copies in America and peaks at #14.

November 5, 2000 The Who guest star on the "A Tale of Two Springfields" episode of The Simpsons.

October 27, 1999 KoRn debut their new song "Falling Away From Me" on the season premiere of South Park, "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery." The animated version of the band appears in the episode.

February 14, 1999 Elton John appears on the "I'm with Cupid" episode of The Simpsons, where he does a re-worked version of "Your Song."

February 18, 1998 Robert Smith of The Cure battles Barbra Streisand on the show South Park.

October 29, 1995 Paul Anka guest stars on the "Treehouse of Horror VI" episode of The Simpsons.

November 23, 1993 The Beavis And Butt-Head Experience, an album where the animated morons offer their thoughts on songs like "I Got You Babe" and "Search And Destroy," is released. It sells over 2 million copies in America.

April 29, 1993 Barry White guests on The Simpsons, where he serves as MC of Whacking Day.

November 19, 1992 Linda Ronstadt appears on the famous "Mr. Plow" episode of The Simpsons, where she appears in a commercial for Homer's rival, Plow King (Barney Gumble).

November 5, 1992 Tom Jones appears on The Simpsons in the episode "Marge Gets a Job."

April 11, 1991 Ringo Starr appears on the Season 2 episode of The Simpsons "Brush With Greatness."

December 4, 1990 The Simpsons extend their pop culture dominance into music with the album The Simpsons Sing The Blues. Led by the Michael Jackson-assisted single "Do The Bartman," it sells over 2 million copies in America.More

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