2000 Britney Spears' second album, Oops!… I Did It Again, sells 1.3 million copies in its first week, setting a new record for highest debut by a female artist.
1980 Elvis Presley's doctor, George Nichopoulous, is brought before the Memphis medical board and officially charged with 14 counts of abusing his right to prescribe medication. Though he will be acquitted in November, his case will be reopened twelve years later, when his license will be revoked.
2012 Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," dies at age 75.
2010 Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio succumbs to stomach cancer at age 68.
2003 Hoboken, New Jersey, names its post office after its favorite son, Frank Sinatra.
2003 While undergoing dialysis, Barry White suffers a stroke. Though his sister publicly claims he will soon perform again, it proves to be the end of White's public life.
2002 Cher appears on the TV show Will & Grace for the second time. This episode is titled "A.I.: Artificial Insemination."
2001 Brian Pendleton (rhythm guitarist for Pretty Things) dies of lung cancer at age 57.
2000 With his Warner Bros. contract terminated, Prince starts using that name again. He changed it to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993 after a dispute with the label.
1998 Keith Richards injures his ribs and chest when he falls from a chair at his Connecticut home, and The Rolling Stones are forced to reschedule the first four dates of their upcoming tour while he recovers.
1993 R&B singer Marv Johnson, Motown's earliest performer, dies of a stroke at age 54.
1990 Sammy Davis Jr. dies of complications from throat cancer at age 64.
1990 Famous puppeteer Jim Henson, who was also a songwriter and musician, dies of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome at age 53.
1987 U2 earns its first #1 hit in the US when "With Or Without You" leaps to the top of the Hot 100.
Five years after it was first released (in Danish) "Torn" goes to #1 on the US Airplay chart with a version by the Australian actress Natalie Imbruglia.
The song was written by Anne Preven, Scott Cutler and Phil Thornalley in 1991, and first released (in Danish) by the Danish singer Lis Sørensen in 1993. Preven and Cutler released the first English version with their band Ednaswap in 1995, but it was Imbruglia's 1997 version that got noticed.
Imbruglia made her mark on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, in which she starred from 1992-1994. When she launched her singing carrer with the album Left Of The Middle, Thornalley was brought in as a producer, and he introduced her to the song.
Released as a UK single in October 1997, "Torn" debuted at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, and held that position for three weeks, with only "Barbie Girl" in the way. In America, it took a while for Imbruglia's record company to realize the song's potential, but when they finally gave it a push, the song became a huge hit on radio and MTV. After reaching the top of the Billboard Airplay chart, it stays there for 11 weeks, becoming one of the biggest songs of the summer.
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