25 May

Pick a Day

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1996 Seventeen-year-old basketball phenom Kobe Bryant takes the singer Brandy, also 17, to his prom in Philadelphia. The pair met earlier that year at the Essence Awards. They never get romantically involved but remain friends.

1996 Powered by their funked-up cover of "Killing Me Softly," Fugees hit #1 in America with their second album, The Score. It ends up being the group's last album, as personal and professional differences lead to their breakup soon after.

1994 Jazz guitarist Eric Gale (of Stuff) dies of lung cancer at age 55.

1992 Boyz II Men is touring as the opening act for MC Hammer's 2 Legit 2 Quit tour when their manager, Khalil Rountree, is murdered by three gunmen at a Chicago hotel.

1991 It's peak Michael Bolton as his album Time, Love & Tenderness goes to #1 in America. Hits from the set include the Diane Warren-penned title track and his cover of "When a Man Loves a Woman."

1987 The Cure find mainstream success in America with the versatile double album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, featuring the hit singles "Why Can't I Be You?" and "Just Like Heaven."More

1978 A London concert by The Who turns out to be the last for drummer Keith Moon, who dies a few weeks later.

1978 Keith Moon performs for the last time with The Who at the Shepperton Film Studio in England for the movie The Kids Are Alright.

1976 In Salt Lake City, Utah, Bob Dylan performs "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" live for the first and only time. He writes some of the lyrics on his shirt in case he forgets mid-performance.

1973 Mike Oldfield releases "Tubular Bells" in the UK. Part of it becomes theme music for the movie The Exorcist.

1970 Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green plays his last official show with the band, although he does fill in a few years later when they lose their lead guitarist.

1969 The Hollies record "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."

1965 Dave Davies of The Kinks falls and injures himself on stage in Cardiff, Wales, forcing cancellation of the group's tour.

1962 The West Side Story soundtrack goes to #1 in the US, where it stays for a record 54 (non-consecutive) weeks.

1961 Ral Donner records "You Don't Know What You've Got."

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Star Wars Debuts With Disco Hit And Iconic Theme

1977

George Lucas' space opera Star Wars debuts in theaters, accompanied by an instantly iconic score from John Williams.

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