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2013 Taylor Swift poses for photos with KYGO radio DJ David Mueller before her concert in Denver. She later accuses him of putting his hand up her dress, and Mueller is fired. In 2015, he sues her, but Swift countersues and wins a sexual assault case against him. "He grabbed my bare ass," she says in her testimony.

2011 Pink and her husband, Carey Hart, welcome their first child, a daughter named Willow Sage.

2011 Jazz pianist/composer Ray Bryant (of The Ray Bryant Combo) dies at age 79.

2010 After being awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Paul McCartney sings "Michelle" to First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House performance.

2008 Bo Diddley dies of heart failure at age 79.

2006 Vince Welnick (keyboardist for The Tubes, Grateful Dead) commits suicide at age 55 after a long battle with depression.

2006 Jackson Browne, Dar Williams and Pete Seeger play a hayloft in Garrison, New York, to kickstart Orleans founder John Hall's congressional campaign.More

2003 A painting of Kylie Minogue wearing gold hot pants causes tempers to fray among drivers in Brighton. Artist Simon Etheridge put up the almost life-size picture in his own Art Asylum gallery as part of a Festival and since then motorists have caused regular traffic hold-ups as they stopped to take a second look.

2002 Pop Idol winner Will Young's version of The Doors' 1967 classic "Light My Fire" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.

2002 The wedding ring that Paul McCartney had given his fiancée Heather Mills ends up thrown out of the window of the hotel where the couple is staying in Miami. Hotel staff use metal detectors to find the $25,000 ring the next day. Despite the quarrel, Paul and Heather go ahead with the wedding.

2002 Rockabilly singer-songwriter Boyd Bennett (of the Rockets), known for the '50s hits "Seventeen" and "My Boy, Flat Top," dies of a lung ailment at age 77.

2002 S Club 7 member Hannah Spearitt announces she is quitting the group two months after her boyfriend and band member Paul Cattermole had left the group.

2001 "Lady Marmalade," a #1 US hit for Labelle in 1975, returns to the top spot with a cover featured in the movie Moulin Rouge! This version is produced by Missy Elliott and features Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim.

2000 Western swing bandleader Adolph Hofner dies less than a week before his 84th birthday.

1999 Junior Braithwaite (of Bob Marley's Wailers) is gunned down in front of a fellow musician's home in Kingston, Jamaica. Junior, age 47, is the third Wailer to be murdered, following Peter Tosh and Carlton Barrett's 1987 deaths.

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Rolling Stone, 52, Marries Girl, 18

1989

Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman, 52, marries 18-year-old Mandy Smith in a 15-minute civil ceremony held at a registry office in Suffolk, England. The only witnesses are Smith's sister and Wyman's son. A proper celebration takes place three days later.


Wyman and Smith started dating in 1984, when she was just 13. Already part of the nightclub scene, Smith's parents were divorced and she lived with her mother, who approved the relationship. For most of their courtship, they were far from exclusive. "For the first time in years, I'm trying to cut down on the number of women I'm sleeping with," Wyman said in 1986 as he declared himself smitten with Smith. On Easter Sunday, 1989, Wyman proposed. Their wedding is scheduled for June 5 at St. John's Church in Hyde Park, London, but the couple make it official three days earlier, possibly in an effort to thwart the press, which has a keen interest in their nuptials. They go ahead with a "blessing" that day, with Wyman and Smith exchanging vows in front of roughly 500 guests, including all of Wyman's bandmates. At the reception, there are plenty of jokes about the age difference, with one guest presenting Wyman with a walker as a gift. Eric Clapton gives silk pajamas, because "at Bill's age, you shouldn't be hopping into bed unclothed." Stones drummer Charlie Watts is less sanguine. "I've never said this would be a good match," he says. The marriage lasts just nine months before the couple separate. In 1993, Wyman's 31-year-old son, Stephen, marries Smith's 46-year-old mother, Patsy. That same year, Bill gets married again, this time to Suzanne Accosta, who is in her 30s. Stephen isn't invited to the wedding. Had both Wyman/Smith marriages succeeded, Stephen would have become Mandy's stepson and stepfather, and Bill would be his son-in-law as well as his father.

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