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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.

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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Ice Cube Stars In Boyz N The Hood

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.

In his directorial debut, 23-year-old John Singleton explores the lives of three friends who deal with the complexities of growing up in the ghetto, a story he knows well from his childhood in South Central Los Angeles. Ice Cube covered the same volatile territory on the title song, which he wrote at 17 and was recorded by his group N.W.A. and its member Eazy-E in the '80s. Although the rapper was more a witness than a participant of the thug life, he understood how his drug-dealing character was drawn into the scene. Singleton originally envisioned N.W.A. as Doughboy's entourage, but the group's acrimonious split forced him to recast the roles. The movie is a critical and commercial success, with Roger Ebert calling it "an American film of enormous importance" in his five-star review. The soundtrack also peaks at #12 on the US albums chart and #1 on the R&B albums chart. Singleton encourages Ice Cube to write screenplays and the rapper takes his advice, writing and starring in the popular Friday films.

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