17 January

Pick a Day

17 JANUARY

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2015 Police are called to the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas in the wee hours of the morning, where a fight involving The Weeknd is raging. The R&B singer is arrested after allegedly punching a cop who tries to intervene.

2012 Johnny Otis, the bandleader and talent scout who discovered Etta James, dies at age 90.

2011 Don Kirshner (promoter behind The Monkees, The Archies) dies of heart failure at age 76.

2008 After stopping off at a local shop in London on her way home from visiting her husband, who remains in prison, Amy Winehouse blows off some steam and attacks a photographer, which leads to the singer being escorted away by the police.

2006 Kristen Hall announces she is leaving Sugarland. According to a statement by fellow bandmates, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, Hall chose to quit so she could "stay home and write songs."

2001 After failing to convince his bandmates to take a year off so they can all pursue side projects, bass player Jason Newsted leaves Metallica. He is eventually replaced by Robert Trujillo.

1992 Mick Jagger attends the premiere of his film Freejack at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1990 The Fifth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Who.

1986 Olivia Newton-John gives birth to her daughter, Chloe. The father is her husband Matt Lattanzi, who co-starred with Olivia in Xanadu.

1976 Earth, Wind and Fire's album Gratitude hits #1 in America.

1974 Singer Dino Martin (not to be confused with his more famous father, Dean) is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of firearms. He is arraigned and released the next day on $5,000 bail.

1972 Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee, is renamed "Elvis Presley Blvd."

1971 Kid Rock is born Robert James Ritchie in Romeo, Michigan.

1971 Halftime entertainment at Super Bowl V in Miami comes courtesy of the Southeast Missouri State Marching Band. Marvin Gaye does the national anthem.

1970 Nina Simone's "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" peaks at #76, where it will stay for one week.

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Trump Fires Gene Simmons

2008

Gene Simmons is the third contestant fired by Donald Trump on Season 7 of The Celebrity Apprentice.

The billionaire real estate mogul calls Simmons a "great genius marketer," but says the KISS bassist's stubborn independent streak prevents him from taking advice. Simmons led his team in that week's Kodak Challenge by creating a slogan that focused on the brand's quality, but rival team Hydra won with a campaign about affordability. Simmons, whose business prowess transformed KISS into one of the leading brands in music, sneers at the Kodak execs who snubbed his campaign. "They are not qualified to know anything. I have guitar picks older than they are," he says. But he holds no ill will towards The Donald. During the 2016 presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Simmons doesn't outwardly endorse the Republican candidate, but praises him for shaking up the status quo. "He doesn't want your money. This guy funds his own campaign, and he is going to say things that tens of millions of people actually say quietly because politically it's 'incorrect,'" he tells People magazine. He continues in an Associated Press interview, "If I were him, I'd pull back on some of the stuff, but, hey, that's his decision. Hillary Clinton is much more experienced, been around the world. But at the end of the day, who cares what I think? You should go into the voting booth and vote your conscience." Simmons isn't so magnanimous after the election, however, when Trump's win incites an outcry among liberal celebrities, whom he tells to "shut their pie holes."

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