1986 Guns N' Roses sign with Geffen Records, which in addition to making sure the band records an album, has to keep them alive and out of jail, which is no easy task. It pays off when Appetite For Destruction goes on to sell over 18 million copies just in America.
1972 America's first single, "A Horse With No Name," rides to #1 on the Hot 100, and the group's self-titled debut album also takes the top spot on the Albums chart. The group becomes one of the most successful acts of the decade, with subsequent hits "Sister Golden Hair," "Ventura Highway" and "Tin Man."
1947 Elton John is born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, England. His stage name, taken at age 20, comes from two members of the band Bluesology: Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.
2020 It's the 15,561st day since Elvis Presley died, the exact number of days he lived, making him now dead longer than he was alive.
2018 Founding member Steven Page, who left the Barenaked Ladies nine years earlier, performs with the band at the Juno Awards, where they are honored for their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip, who died the previous year, earns Artist of the Year.
2016 Two weeks after Major Lazer made history as the first US act to perform in Cuba since democratic relations eased between the two countries, The Rolling Stones play their first-ever Cuba gig, performing a free show for 1.2 million fans at Havana's Cuidad Deportiva. The Stones spend around $7 million to finance the trip, which follows President Obama's historic visit to the island.
2009 Dan Seals (of England Dan & John Ford Coley) dies of cancer at age 61.
2008 The Raconteurs release Consolers of the Lonely.
2007 Elton John sets the record for the most performances at New York's Madison Square Garden when he performs there for the 60th time – on his 60th birthday.
2006 Country musician Buck Owens dies of a heart attack at age 76, hours after giving his final performance at the Crystal Palace music hall in Bakersfield, California.
2004 "Suspicion," the final episode of The Chris Isaak Show - an adult comedy starring Chris Isaak - airs on Showtime.
2001 At the Academy Awards, where she is nominated for Best Song from her movie Dancer In The Dark, Bjork wears a swan dress complete with a purse that looks like an egg, which she "lays" on the red carpet. Such bold fashion would not be seen again until Lady Gaga's emergence.
2000 The Razzies aren't done with Madonna yet. After saddling her with three prizes for Worst Actress (Shanghai Surprise, Who's That Girl, Body of Evidence) and one for Worst Supporting Actress (Four Rooms) throughout her film career, the Golden Raspberry Awards names her Worst Actress of the Century. Will Smith is also a star of the evening at the 20th annual ceremony, where he wins Worst Original Song for "Wild Wild West." The movie of the same name (which he also starred in) is named Worst Picture.
1997 Kenny Moore, a songwriter who was Tina Turner's musical director, dies of apoplexy at age 45.
One Direction fans freak out when Zayn Malik announces he is leaving the group.
After five years as one of five heartthrobs with the Irish-English pop band One Direction, Zayn Malik quits the group, saying he just wants to be a "normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight." Days earlier, the stressed-out singer pulled out of the band's On The Road Again Tour after a performance in Hong Kong. The rest of the guys are supportive in the press but admit to being a little mad at Malik for ditching them, especially with their success as a five-man outfit. Not only are they the first band to have four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but they also had the highest-grossing concert tour ever for a vocal group with the 2014 Where We Are tour, clocking in at $282 million. As for the fans… mad doesn't cover it. Distraught One Directioners react to Malik's departure by sharing emotional videos full of tears and screams on social media and tweeting messages of despair. Teenage drama aside, the reactions veer into disturbing territory with threats of suicide and blatant self harm. One fan even carves "I Love You Zayn" in her arm and shares the bloody image on Twitter with the hashtag #cut4zayn. Some go straight to a higher power, organizing candle-light vigils and prayer meetings to talk God into forcing Malik to stay with the band. It kinda works. The singer announces he'll pursue a solo career in his own direction.
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