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2020 On Twitter, Kanye West announces he's running for president. He forms his own political party, the "Birthday Party," telling supporters, "When we win, it's everybody's birthday."

2015 Ariana Grande licks some donuts on a display counter at Wolfee Donuts in Lake Elsinore, California.More

2014 The first Beatles movie, A Hard Day's Night, is re-released in American theaters to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

2013 Jay-Z releases his twelfth studio album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail, as a free download, but only for Samsung customers who can access it through the Jay-Z Magna Carta app. Non-Samsung users will have to tough it out and buy the album at retail price four days later.

2010 After attending a gay pride parade in London, George Michael crashes his Range Rover into a Snappy Snaps photo store in Hampstead, England. Convicted of driving under the influence of cannabis, he goes to prison on September 21 and serves four weeks.

2009 Drake Levin (guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders) dies of cancer at age 62.

2009 Allen Klein, an influential music publisher who simultaneously managed The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, dies of respiratory failure at age 77 after years of diabetes-related complications and an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

2007 Bill Pinkney (of The Drifters) dies of a heart attack at age 81.

2005 Rockabilly entertainer "Big" Al Downing dies of leukemia at age 65.

2003 Barry White, age 58, dies two months after suffering a severe stroke while awaiting a kidney transplant.

2002 Michael Abram, the man who attacked and nearly murdered George Harrison some 19 months earlier, is given a conditional release by a Mental Health Review Tribunal, to the fury of George's widow, Olivia. Says Abram: "If I could turn back the clock I would give anything not to have done what I did. But I have come to realise that I was very ill at that time, really not in control."

1995 Backstage at the Lollapalooza stop in George, Washington, Courtney Love of Hole punches Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna in the face. Hanna presses charges, and Love pleads guilty to fourth degree assault.

1992 John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas receives a liver transplant in Los Angeles.

1988 Kylie Minogue releases her debut album, Kylie, featuring her hit cover of "The Loco-Motion." The album marks a rebirth of disco, a genre Minogue proudly embraces.

1987 Genesis close out their Invisible Tour with a sold-out show at Wembley Stadium in London. They played the venue the previous three nights as well, also to sell-out crowds.

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American Top 40 Debuts

1970

Casey Kasem debuts the radio show American Top 40, where he counts down the Billboard hits (the #1 song: "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" by Three Dog Night). He hosts the show until 2004, when Ryan Seacrest takes over.


The 3-hour show takes about 18 hours to record and is distributed to seven radio stations: KDEO in El Cajon, California WMEX in Boston WPGC in Washington, DC KPGC in Las Vegas KMEN in San Bernardino, California KHYT in Tucson, Arizona KPOI in Honolulu, Hawaii Casem is a DJ on KRLA in Los Angeles, but that station doesn't carry the show. Along with the Top 40 hits, Casem throws in interesting bits about each song and plays a few "American Top 40 Extras" to fill the time. Later, he adds "Long Distance Dedications," which are requests from listeners dedicating a song to someone special in their lives. The first song played on the show, at #40, is "End Of The Road" by Marvin Gaye.

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