20 February

Pick a Day

20 FEBRUARY

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2017 David Cassidy has not fallen off the wagon, the former Partridge Family star explains two days after giving what appeared to be a drunken performance at a concert outside of Los Angeles, complete with slurring and stumbling over lyrics. He tells People magazine the real reason for his behavior: dementia. Cassidy, whose grandfather and mother (actress Evelyn Ward) both had the disease, decides to stop touring, saying, "I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I've been without any distractions. I want to love. I want to enjoy life."

2016 Ne-Yo marries Crystal Renay Williams, who is pregnant with their son Shaffer.

2011 Katy Perry launches her worldwide California Dreams Tour in support of her Teenage Dream album, starting in Lisbon, Portugal, where she transforms the venue into a candy-coated wonderland. "It's very kitsch," she says. "I'm borrowing from The Wizard of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, Black Swan, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and a little John Waters. People are raising the bar so you either have to get to that level or you're out of the game."

2003 Olivia Rodrigo is born in Murrieta, California. She stars on the Disney shows Bizaardvark and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series before releasing her debut single, "Drivers License," in 2021.

2000 The biographical TV movie Little Richard airs on NBC, with mononymous actor Leon in the title role.

1993 Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard tops Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for the 13th week.

1991 While two Garth Brooks hits ("The Dance," "Friends In Low Places") are among the nominees for Best Country Song at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards, Kathy Mattea's "Where've You Been" takes the prize. The tender ballad was written by Mattea's husband, Jon Vezner, and Nashville songwriter Don Henry. The tune also earns Mattea the trophy for Best Female Vocal Country Performance.

1991 Alison Krauss wins her first Grammy Award when I've Got That Old Feeling takes Best Bluegrass Recording. By 2016, Krauss wins 26 more statuettes, surpassing Aretha Franklin as the most-awarded female artist in Grammy history and tying for second place with Quincy Jones as the most-awarded living recipient.

1985 Julia Volkova (of t.A.T.u.) is born in Moscow, Russia (then part of the Soviet Union).

1982 Pat Benatar marries her guitarist, Neil Giraldo. Many rock-and-roll and marriages flame out quickly, but this one takes. They have two children together and keep their musical partnership alive as well, with Giraldo stepping in as a producer.

1982 Death Wish II is released in the USA with a soundtrack by Jimmy Page.

1981 Rick James releases "Give It To Me Baby," a #1 R&B hit filled with that funk, that sweet, that funky stuff.

1979 George Harrison issues his eighth, self-titled album.

1976 Kiss immortalize their hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1975 "Johnny Cash Day" is declared in Los Angeles.

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Snoop Dogg Is Innocent!

1996

Snoop Doggy Dogg is acquitted of murder, ending an ordeal that started in 1993 when his bodyguard shot and killed a rival gang member from the Jeep Snoop was driving.


On August 25, 1993, Snoop and his bodyguard, McKinley Lee, confronted a rival, Philip Woldemariam, in a Los Angeles park. What happened next is the subject of the murder trail that started in November 1995, with Johnnie Cochran, fresh off the O.J. Simpson trial, representing the Snoop and Lee, the defendants. Details in the case are murky, but we know that after exchanging verbal threats, Snoop drove his Jeep to the park with Lee in the passenger seat. Lee stood up and shot the rival, killing him, and Snoop drove off, turning himself in a week later. Cochran makes the case that Woldemariam reached for his gun first, and Lee shot in self-defense. He also claims the LAPD bungled evidence and botched the investigation, the same arguments that helped him free O.J. Simpson. The jury agrees. Snoop and Lee are cleared of charges. At the time of the shooting, Snoop was Dr. Dre's protégé, known for rapping on Dre's first solo album, The Chronic. When Snoop turned himself in on September 2, 1993, it was at the MTV Video Music Awards just after presenting an award with Dre and George Clinton. He was signed to the fledgling Death Row Records, run by Dre and Suge Knight, which posted his $1 million bail. It was a agonizing ordeal for Snoop, but it stoked anticipation for his debut album, Doggystyle, which went straight to #1 when it was released in November. The acquittal is a second chance for Snoop, who takes advantage, becoming one of the best-known and most-beloved personalities in hip-hop, making a mark not just in music, but in movies and TV as well.

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