2013 After five years and 387 shows, Leonard Cohen wraps up his "Grand Tour" in Auckland, New Zealand. It's the last concert he ever plays, as he dies three years later.
2005 Elton John and his partner David Furnish take part in a civil ceremony (gay marriage is not legal in England) to make their union official. Guests at the ceremony, which takes place in Windsor, England, include George Michael, Sharon Stone, and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Nine years later, with gay marriage legal, they get married.
1991 "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes back to #1 on the UK charts after the death of Freddie Mercury and stays there for five weeks. In America, the song gets new life the next year when it is used in the movie Wayne's World.
1979 Willie Nelson makes his acting debut in the Sydney Pollack film The Electric Horseman, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. He also sings five songs for the soundtrack, including the #1 country hit "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys."More
1974 Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle" hits #1 in the US.
2014 With gay marriage now legal in England, Elton John marries David Furnish, exactly nine years after they were joined in a civil ceremony.
2012 Lee Dorman (bassist for Iron Butterfly) dies in Laguna Niguel, California, at age 70.
2007 Tim Burton's film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim/Hugh Wheeler musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opens in US theaters. Johnny Depp stars as the Demon Barber himself, and manages to earn the respect of critics for his singing performance on the film's soundtrack.
2001 The movie How High opens in theaters. The film stars Method Man and Redman as stoners who get into Harvard.
1999 DMX releases his third album, ...And Then There Was X. Led by the singles "What's My Name" and "Party Up (Up in Here)," it goes to #1 in America, where it sells nearly 5 million copies.
1996 En route to a White House dinner with the Clintons, Tony Bennett suffers a ruptured hernia and is rushed to the hospital.
1996 Fourteen months after it was released, No Doubt's album Tragic Kingdom goes to #1 in America, where it spends nine weeks.
1996 Liz Phair and husband Jim Staskauskas welcome baby boy James Nicholas.
1992 Bluesman Albert King dies of a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 69.
1989 Carlos Santana (of Santana) and his wife Debbie welcome their daughter Angelica Faith.
1988 Paul Avron Jeffreys (bassist for Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel) is killed en-route to his honeymoon when he and his wife, Rachel, become victims of the Lockerbie terrorist bombing (of Pan Am Flight 103). He was 36. The Four Tops were also slated to be onboard the plane but overslept after a late-night recording session.
1985 Dante Bonutto's Phil Lynott interview is screened. It would be the singer's last TV appearance before his death.
The Cure release their debut single, "Killing An Arab," an existential song about a man who contemplates the meaning of life after murdering an Arab on a beach. Based on the controversial title, the band faces accusations of provoking anti-Arab sentiment.
Cure frontman Robert Smith was inspired by Albert Camus' 1942 novel, The Stranger, when he wrote "Killing An Arab," particularly a scene when the main character reflects upon his murderous actions. He had no idea he would be fielding accusations of racism throughout the rest of his career because of it. It becomes a particularly thorny issue when the song is introduced to US audiences via the band's Standing On A Beach compilation in 1986. It's released a month after the US launches air strikes in Libya in retaliation for its leader, Muammar Gaddafi, allegedly orchestrating the Berlin discotheque bombing that leaves two American servicemen dead. As a result, some American deejays take the title quite literally and start using the single as a propaganda tool to stoke anti-Arab sentiment. When The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee gets wind of the situation, they demand Elektra Records pull the track from future pressings of the album. Instead, the copies feature a sticker bearing a disclaimer from Smith that decries the racist allegations. He writes: "The song 'Killing An Arab' has absolutely no racist overtones whatsoever. It is a song which decries the existence of all prejudice and consequent violence. The Cure condemn its use in furthering anti-Arab feeling." It's a message he'll continue to reiterate when the accusations during the Persian Gulf War and following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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