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2021 Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers dies at 78.

2019 Lifetime airs the first installment of the six-part series Surviving R. Kelly, which documents the singer's alleged sex crimes. John Legend is among those speaking out against Kelly in the series.

2014 Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers dies of complications from lung disease at age 74.

2008 Britney Spears suffers from a mental breakdown in Beverly Hills, where she refuses to hand over her sons Jayden James and Sean Preston to their father, Kevin Federline. Britney is eventually taken to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center via ambulance and is admitted as a "special needs" patient.

1995 Canadian news anchor Byron MacGregor, who reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974 with his version of "Americans," dies of complications from pneumonia in Detroit, Michigan, at age 46.

1989 The Arsenio Hall Show debuts in syndication, bringing a spate of contemporary musical acts - including many hip-hop artists - to late night during its five-season run. Highlights include Mariah Carey's national TV debut in 1990, and a 1992 appearance by Bill Clinton, who uses his airtime to win over young voters on this way to the White House.

1981 David Bowie finishes his Broadway run as the title character in the play The Elephant Man.

1980 R&B singer and pianist Amos Milburn dies after a series of strokes in Houston, Texas, at age 52. He is known for the 1953 hit "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer."

1980 Mellow rocker Kurt Vile is born in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

1976 American interest in The Bay City Rollers peaks as their song "Saturday Night" hits #1 for one week, which is good enough to get their faces on cereal boxes.

1974 Bob Dylan begins a 6-week tour in Chicago with The Band, who do double duty: backing Dylan and then playing their own set. In July, the double album Before The Flood is released, featuring highlights from the shows.

1970 Davy Jones announces he's leaving The Monkees, essentially dissolving the group, which had dwindled to a duo.

1970 Four days after learning that their movie Let It Be will be released in theaters, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr meet at Abbey Road Studios and record "I Me Mine" for the film and soundtrack.

1970 B.J. Thomas' "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" hits #1 in the US for the first of four weeks.

1970 Melody Maker names Al Stewart's Love Chronicles its folk album of the year.

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Britney Spears Gets A Quickie Wedding

2004

Britney Spears marries her childhood friend Jason Alexander (not the actor) at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.


The Chapel is a popular spot for fast and easy weddings - they claim that Mary Tyler Moore, Natalie Maines, Slash and Paul Newman all got married there. The 22-year-old Spears had just released her fourth album, In the Zone, and is asserting her independence, drawing rapt attention from the tabloid press with her unpredictable behavior. Team Britney doesn't like this at all, and her publicist goes into crisis mode, playing down the wedding by announcing that the couple took their "joke too far." The marriage is annulled 55 hours later, but nine months out, Spears gets married again, this time to Kevin Federline. They part ways two years later.

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