2009 After a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Michael Jackson's public funeral is held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Most TV networks cover the event, where Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Andrae Crouch Choir, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Brooke Shields, Usher and Stevie Wonder all participate.More
1980 In West Berlin, Led Zeppelin play their last concert with drummer John Bonham, who dies in September.
1977 Styx tie in with the date (7-7-77) by releasing their 7th album, The Grand Illusion.
1969 John Lennon releases "Give Peace A Chance" in the US, a song he and Yoko, along with a chorus of guests, recorded at their "bed-in" in a Montreal hotel room.
2009 Lionel Richie got his first big break when The Commodores snagged 42 dates in the opening slot for The Jackson 5 in 1972. Thirty-seven years later on the same date, he performs The Commodores song "Jesus is Love" at a memorial service for the late Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2005 Former calypso artist Arthur Edlin Frederick is one of 52 innocent people killed in the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London.
2001 Sharon becomes the first Corr to wed when she marries Gavin Bonnar, a Belfast barrister. They will have two children, Cathal Robert Gerard and Flori Jean Elizabeth.
2001 Fred Neil, a folk singer-songwriter known for writing Harry Nilsson's hit "Everybody's Talkin'," dies during a battle with skin cancer at age 65.
1998 Barenaked Ladies release their fourth studio album, Stunt. It's the Canadian band's breakthrough record in the US, where it lands at #3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
1998 Along with his financial partner Don Barden, Michael Jackson announces plans to build an entertainment complex in Detroit called "The Majestic Kingdom." It never materializes.
1993 Mia Zapata (lead singer of The Gits), age 27, is murdered after being accosted by a stranger outside of Seattle's Comet Tavern. The case goes unsolved for years until DNA evidence links the crime to Florida fisherman Jesus Mezquia in 2003, who eventually is sentenced to 36 years in prison.
1992 Dream Theater release their second album, Images And Words, a progressive metal landmark.
1973 Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round In Circles" hits #1 in America.
1971 Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA are married in Verum, Sweden (it lasts eight years).
1969 The Beatles release "Here Comes The Sun."
1968 The Yardbirds perform their final gig in Luton, England.
Live Earth, a series of concerts to initiate action against global warming, takes place around the world.
Following the tradition of benefit concerts like Live Aid and Live 8 to combat famine and poverty, and No Nukes to protest the use of nuclear energy, Live Earth is a call to action against global warming – with a twist. This concert series sends over 150 musical acts around the world and broadcasts its environmentally friendly message to over 130 countries via TV, radio, and the Internet. The green concert is spearheaded by producer Kevin Wall, founder of the environmental activist group Save Our Selves, and former US Vice President Al Gore. Gore, continuing his global warming-awareness campaign that was the subject of the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, challenges artists and concertgoers alike to sign a 7-point pledge. This includes using energy-efficient transportation and fighting to pass laws to expand the use of renewable energy sources. Live Earth fails to attract TV audiences in the US and UK, but sets a record for online entertainment with over 15 million streams during the live concert and 40 million more throughout the next month. Acts include Genesis, Duran Duran, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, Shakira, and Lenny Kravitz. But it's not easy being green. Despite the organizers' intentions of making the event as eco-friendly as possible, Mother Nature has to pay a hefty price for the energy used to transport artists, crew members, and spectators across the globe. ABC News reports that over 100,000 trees need to be planted to offset the carbon emissions released during the concert, which also left a 1,000 ton pile of garbage in its wake. While Gore stands by Live Earth's success in raising awareness of the climate crisis, John Mayer, who didn't sign Gore's pledge, shared a different take. "If you want to peg me as not being entirely eco-friendly, you'll win," he told the press after his performance at the New York/New Jersey concert. "We're just getting together saying 'We want to be healthier.'"
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