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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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Whitney Houston Releases Hit-Filled Second Album

1987

Whitney Houston's second album, Whitney, is released. It contains four #1 hits, including the enduring "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)."

Houston's debut, Whitney Houston, made her a superstar, a title the 23-year-old singer secures on her sophomore effort. It contains four #1 hits, each composed by a different set of songwriters: "So Emotional" - Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, the team that wrote "Like A Virgin" for Madonna and "True Colors" for Cyndi Lauper. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - Written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, who record as Boy Meets Girl. They wrote Houston's earlier hit, "How Will I Know." "Didn't We Almost Have It All" - Written by Michael Masser and the lyricist Will Jennings, who later writes the words for the titanic hit "My Heart Will Go On." "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" - Written by the soul singer Chuck Jackson and Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn. Like her debut, Whitney is produced by Narada Michael Walden, performed by a team of top session musicians, and released with Arista Records' promotional machine behind it (Arista head Clive Davis champions Houston wholeheartedly). The results are similar: #1 in most territories and worldwide sales estimated at 20 million.

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