1998 After his concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Marilyn Manson has a backstage run-in with Spin magazine editor Craig Marks, who claims that Manson assaults and threatens to kill him.More
1992 Miley Cyrus is born Destiny Hope Cyrus in Franklin, Tennessee. Nicknamed "Smiley," later shortened to "Miley," she is the first child of country star Billy Ray Cyrus. She also has a famous godmother: Dolly Parton.
1991 Queen frontman Freddie Mercury issues a statement confirming he has AIDS and calling for help in fighting the disease. "I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me," he writes. "However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease." Mercury dies the next day.
1991 Twenty-five years after the original version of the Percy Sledge soul classic "When A Man Loves A Woman" hit #1 in America in 1966, Michael Bolton's cover tops the chart.
1970 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord," his first single as a solo artist. The spiritual tune goes to #1 in the US and UK.
1963 The first episode of Dr Who is broadcast; it features the classic electronic music theme.
2020 Country singer-songwriter Hal Ketchum dies at 67 from complications of dementia.
2014 Clive Palmer (of The Incredible String Band) dies at age 71.
2011 In Austria, George Michael is hospitalized mid-tour due to a serious bout with pneumonia. All remaining tour dates are postponed as the singer is placed in intensive care.
2011 Lady Gaga's 90 minute A Very Gaga Thanksgiving special airs on ABC. Gaga directed the program, which features her singing, eating, visiting her old school, and being interviewed by Katie Couric.
2009 Little Richard has hip replacement surgery, which does not go well. The rocker will never walk again and remains in constant pain.
2006 Jazz singer Anita O'Day dies of a cardiac arrest at age 87.
2004 Robert Downey, Jr. releases his debut studio album, The Futurist.
2001 Juan Hinojosa (drummer for Los Fabulosos Cuatro), along with his 28-year-old son, dies in a car crash in Texas.
2001 O.C. Smith, known for the 1968 hit "Little Green Apples," dies of a heart attack at age 69.
2000 Jonathan King is arrested for sexual abuse of minors in the '80s (one year later he receives a seven-year jail sentence).
2000 Twelve-year-old Billy Gilman sings "One Voice" during festivities at the Dallas Cowboys-Minnesota Vikings football game. Gilman is joined by Jessica Simpson for the halftime show.
1998 A businessman convicted of second-degree murder in the drowning of the ex-wife of Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson is sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Donald Bohana, 61, listens as Jackson family members urge a lengthy prison sentence for the boyfriend convicted of killing Delores "DeeDee" Jackson.
1995 Junior Walker (of Junior Walker & the All-Stars) dies of cancer at age 64.
Fourteen years after Axl Rose started working on it, the Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy is released.
Following the 1993 release of The Spaghetti Incident? members of the band drop off one by one, leaving Axl as the only core member by 1997. With a new team, he continues work on the album, encouraged by his label, Geffen Records, which offers a $1 million if he can deliver it by March 1999. That date comes and goes, as do the producers and musicians working on the project. A summer 2000 target date passes quietly, but in 2001, things are looking good for a release as the band plays some shows and Axl previews tracks for Rolling Stone. In 2002, the band goes on the Chinese Democracy tour, even though there is no album. The delays continue, and in 2004, guitarist Buckethead, a key player in this drama, leaves the band. In 2006, three tracks from the album are leaked online, with one of them, "I.R.S.," making the Rock Radio Airplay chart in America. Axl posts an open letter to fans, setting the new release date at March 6, 2007. He is off by about 16 months. By the time the album arrives, at least six different producers have worked on it, and upwards of $13 million has been sunk into the project. The album is met with tepid reviews and modest sales, but is remembered as the greatest musical boondoggle in the history of rock.
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