1996 During Michael Jackson's performance of "Earth Song" at the 1996 BRIT Awards, Jarvis Cocker of the band Pulp jumps on stage and makes demeaning gestures toward Jackson. Cocker says he did it because Jackson was "pretending to be Jesus."More
1995 Baywatch's Pamela Anderson marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The bride wears a white bikini.
1987 At the Palomino Club in Hollywood, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan and George Harrison are in the audience for a Taj Mahal concert. When Taj calls them onstage, Dylan goads Fogerty into playing "Proud Mary" by saying that if he doesn't, everyone will think it's a Tina Turner song.More
1940 Smokey Robinson is born William Robinson Jr. in Detroit. Nicknamed "Smokey Joe" by his uncle, he fronts the Motown group The Miracles and is a top songwriter and producer for the label.
2022 Gary Brooker, the lead singer, piano player, and songwriter for Procol Harum, dies of cancer at 76.
2020 The rapper Pop Smoke is shot and killed at age 20. Five months later, his debut album, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, is released and goes to #1 in the US.
2020 In a promotion for Buffalo Wild Wings, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony announce they have changed their name to Boneless Thugs-N-Harmony because they love the restaurant's boneless wings.
2017 Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell dies at age 73.
2009 Kelly Groucutt of Electric Light Orchestra dies of a heart attack at age 63.
2008 Jagjaguwar Records officially release Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago in the US.
2008 Jazz musician Teo Macero dies at age 82.
2005 Good Charlotte's "I Just Wanna Live" peaks at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2003 Johnny Paycheck dies of respiratory failure at age 64. His most famous song: "Take This Job and Shove It."
2002 A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting four of the five counts brought against the singer.
2002 Ten months after his death, Joey Ramone's only solo album, Don't Worry About Me, is released. He worked on it at the end of his life while battling lymphoma.
2001 French singer Charles Trenet dies at age 87.
1998 With Brian Setzer leading the swing revival at the helm of The Brian Setzer Orchestra, he reunites Stray Cats for a show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, with proceeds going to the Carl Perkins Center For The Prevention Of Child Abuse.
1998 Country singer Lorrie Morgan denies a Star magazine report that she had "a wild ride in the back seat of a limousine with President Bill Clinton." Her statement reads: "The only accurate information in the article with regard to my relationship with President Clinton was that I joined him onstage for the Christmas tree lighting in Washington - I have never met with him in a private situation."
1998 Grandpa Jones, famous for his banjo performances and appearances on Hee Haw, dies at age 84.
Ozzy Osbourne urinates on a statue near the Alamo, desecrating a Texas landmark.
In San Antonio for a show on his Diary of a Madman tour, Ozzy has a few dozen too many drinks and passes out in a stupor. His wife/manager Sharon clothes him in her dress and ballerina shoes to deter him from going outside. The plan fails. Ozzy wanders out into the San Antonio night in his wife's clothes. He eventually feels the need to empty his bladder and selects a seemingly insignificant statue upon which to do the deed. After being accosted by police, The Prince of Darkness quickly discovers that the statue is anything but insignificant. Rather, it is the Alamo Cenotaph, a 60-foot-high statue raised in 1939 to honor the Texans who died there. It is adjacent to the mission in The Alamo Plaza, and Texans do not take kindly in its defilement. Ozzy is banned for life from San Antonio. The story sneaks into the media and quickly morphs into the legend that Ozzy peed on the Alamo itself, which is not actually quite true. It is, in fact, very fortunate for Ozzy that it was not the Alamo Mission, as an Alamo guide explains that the rock star would have been "beaten within an inch of his life" if it had been. Ozzy instantly regrets the incident. He is released on $40 bond paid by Jack Orbin, the promoter of Osbourne's concert at HemisFair that night. The concert still sees problems as fans who are unable to get into the sold-out show decide to riot, and 24 are arrested. Ten years later, Ozzy donates $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and his ban from the city is lifted. He chalks the whole thing up to the evils of intoxication.
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