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2015 For the first time ever, Rush make the cover of Rolling Stone. The magazine and their cohorts at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (which didn't induct the band until 2013), have given Rush short shrift throughout their career, but even diehard fans are pleased with the piece.

2014 On her website, Jewel announces she will be divorcing husband Ty Murray after almost six years of marriage.

2014 In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a new group called The Raskins play their first show on the Mötley Crüe Final Tour, which also includes Alice Cooper. They later süe the Crüe, claiming they paid $1 million for the privilege, but received heaps of abuse in return.More

2001 Liverpool renames its airport the "Liverpool John Lennon Airport" after its famous native.

2001 Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher welcomes his first child, Gene Gallagher, with girlfriend (and future wife) Nicole Appleton (of All Saints).

1994 Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong marries Adrienne Nesser. The next day, Adrienne discovers she is pregnant with their son, Joseph.

1992 Mick Jagger's daughter Jade makes him a grandfather when her daughter Assisi Lola Jackson is born.

1991 In his first acting role, Ice Cube stars alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. in the acclaimed drama Boyz N the Hood. Writer/director John Singleton wrote the role of troubled gangster Darrin "Doughboy" Baker specifically for the ex-N.W.A rapper.More

1986 The second Prince movie, Under the Cherry Moon, hits theaters. Unlike the first, Purple Rain, Prince directs it himself.More

1983 Michelle Branch is born in Sedona, Arizona.

1982 Harmonica player DeFord Bailey dies at age 82. A cast member at the Grand Ole Opry throughout the 1930s, he was the first African American inducted into the institution. In 2005, he entered the Country Music Hall of Fame.

1981 Bruce Springsteen plays the first of six sold-out shows at the new Byrne Arena in New Jersey. His average show lasts 28 songs.

1980 Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bob Weir are arrested and charged with inciting a riot at San Diego Sports Arena to break up a drug bust.

1976 A battered Tina Turner leaves husband Ike in Dallas, Texas, after one final blowout. She files for divorce later in the month.

1973 Brian Eno quits Roxy Music over a spat with lead singer Bryan Ferry.

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Jimi Hendrix Discharged From Army After Unimpressive Stint As Soldier

1962

Jimi Hendrix is honorably discharged from the Army after serving a little over a year of his 3-year commitment. The reason for his discharge is "unsuitability," as his superiors agree he will never be a good soldier, in part because he's more interested in his guitar than his rifle.


When he joined the Army on May 31, 1961, it quickly became clear that Private James Hendrix of the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles) was not cut out to be a soldier. In his first year of service, he was disciplined a number of times for missing bed check, sleeping on duty, and showing a general disregard for authority. In recommending his discharge, his sergeant wrote: At times, Hendrix isn't able to carry on an intelligent conversation, paying little attention to having been spoken to. At one point, it was thought perhaps Hendrix was taking dope and was sent to be examined by a medical officer with negative results. His section leader added: Pvt Hendrix has shown a lack of interest and drive, and apparent inability to concentrate on an assigned task. Even the most simple instructions often must be repeated several times before the task is carried out. Constant supervision is necessary to obtain even barely satisfactory results from Pvt Hendrix. One letter cites his guitar playing as a detriment, as he "cannot function while performing duties and thinking about his guitar." Hendrix rarely talks about his time in the Army, but when questioned, he cites an ankle injury from a parachute jump as reason for his discharge. The real reason isn't revealed until his military files become public in 2005.

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