3 February

Pick a Day

3 FEBRUARY

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2015 Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight is rushed to the hospital after pleading not guilty in his connection with a fatal hit-and-run just days before. His friend Terry Carter was killed in the incident and actor Cle Denyale Sloan was injured during an altercation over the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Knight faces charges of murder and attempted murder, along with two counts of hit-and-run.

1997 David Bowie releases the electronica-influenced album Earthling, including the Grammy-nominated song (Best Male Rock Vocal Performance) "Dead Man Walking," and the paranoia-tinged track "I'm Afraid Of Americans," featuring Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

1990 Sean Kingston is born in Miami.

1986 The Firm release Mean Business, their second and final album.

1981 At The Who concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London, Pete Townshend drinks four bottles of brandy onstage, and instead of playing, mouths off to the crowd. His bandmates just keep playing without him. Months later, Townshend gets treatment for his alcoholism but turns to drugs, once again putting his life in danger. In early 1982, he rehabs again and finally gets sober.

1980 Studio 54 throws one last bash with A-list regulars Diana Ross, Andy Warhol and Richard Gere before the owners, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager go to jail for tax evasion.

1979 The Blues Brothers' album Briefcase Full of Blues hits #1 in the US - not bad for two comedians (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) who formed the duo for Saturday Night Live.

1979 "Y.M.C.A." by The Village People goes to #2 in America, where it stays for three weeks, unable to overtake fellow disco stalwarts "Le Freak" and "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?." In many other territories, including Australia, Canada and the UK, the song goes to #1.

1979 20 years after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Del Shannon and The Drifters perform a tribute show in Clear Lake, Iowa, where Holly's last concert took place.

1978 Harry Chapin, who has started an organization to fight hunger called World Hunger Year, meets with US President Jimmy Carter to discuss the project.

1978 The TV-movie Dead Man's Curve, the first to deal with the tragic Jan & Dean story, premieres on ABC.

1973 Elton John's reptilian rocker "Crocodile Rock" hits #1 in America for the first of three weeks, giving him his first chart-topper in that country.

1971 Lynn Anderson's "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden" is certified Gold.

1969 Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr hire Allen Klein as the group's new manager, against the express wishes of Paul McCartney, who preferred his father-in-law Lee Eastman. The dissension would prove to be the deciding factor in the group's breakup a year later.

1968 The Lemon Pipers' "Green Tambourine" hits #1.

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Beyoncé Rules Super Bowl Halftime Show

2013

Beyoncé invigorates the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show with a performance that reunites Destiny's Child.

The group split up in 2006 on a high note, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a BET Award for Best Group that year. Seven years later, Beyoncé is a superstar, and along with her husband Jay-Z (whom she married in 2008), half of the biggest celebrity couple. And while Beyoncé has established herself as a solo sensation with the hit albums B'Day, I Am... Sasha Fierce and 4, many fans are eager to see Destiny's Child together again. With lots of pyro and a bevy of backup dancers, Beyoncé blasts through a tasting menu of her hits, including "Crazy In Love" and "Baby Boy," Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams launch out of the stage, and the circle is complete. The trio sing their hits "Bootylicious" and "Independent Women Part I," then join in on Beyoncé solo smash "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." It's a rare Super Bowl where just about everyone agrees that the game and the halftime show are both exciting (the Ravens beat the 49ers 34-31).

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