2004 The Vote for Change tour wraps up in Washington, DC. with a concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., The Dave Matthews Band, Dixie Chicks and James Taylor. The goal of the tour is to get president George W. Bush voted out of office in the November elections. Bush wins by a narrow margin.
2003 Justin Timberlake makes his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, doing double-duty as host and musical guest. It's the first of many appearances he makes on the show through the coming years; his sketches eventually grow to include a Bee Gees parody, a sketch about dating Lady Gaga, a bailiff in a courtroom trial of an alligator, "the Target lady," appearing in drag onstage with Beyoncé, and the infamous "Dick in a Box" bit.
1991 Apple Computers reaches an agreement with The Beatles' Apple Corps, paying $26.5 million for the rights to run music software - an update to their 1981 deal that prohibited the computer maker from selling anything music-related. The deal is revised from time to time as Apple Computer makes music a major part of their business.
1981 Opening a show for The Rolling Stones at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Prince gets booed off the stage. The Stones have good intentions in bringing in a rising star, but his act isn't a good fit for this crowd, and when he opens his trench coat to reveal bikini briefs, it gets ugly. Prince never again performs as an opening act.
1975 Saturday Night - a title later changed to Saturday Night Live - makes its debut on NBC. Music is a big part of the show, and the first episode features two musical guests performing two songs each: Janis Ian doing "At Seventeen" and "In the Winter," and Billy Preston playing "Nothing from Nothing" and "Fancy Lady."More
2018 The Music Modernization Act is passed into law, clarifying how artists, songwriters and producers are compensated for music played on streaming services, online radio, and satellite radio. It also grants royalties for songs written before 1972.
2016 Rod Stewart is knighted at Buckingham Palace, becoming Sir Roderick David Stewart.
2013 Lady Gaga makes her movie debut playing shape-shifting assassin La Camaleon in the Robert Rodriguez action-crime flick Machete Kills.
2011 George "Mojo" Buford (harmonica player for Muddy Waters's band) dies after a long illness in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 81.
2006 Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band The Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation.
1999 The City of Miami, under threat of legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union and Havana Caliente Records, allows Cuban dance band Los Van Van to perform at the James L. Knight Center.
1999 Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's second wife, files for divorce. She was a nurse at the office of Jackson's plastic surgeon.
1992 Rapper and reality star Cardi B is born Belcalis Almanzar in Edgewater, New Jersey.
1992 Amy Grant and her songwriter husband Gary Chapman have their third child: Sarah Cannon.
1988 Sarah McLachlan releases her debut album, Touch, through Nettwerk Records. The album would be re-mixed and re-released the following year.
1976 Donna Summer's Four Seasons Of Love concept album is released.
Lionel Richie releases his second solo album, Can't Slow Down, which goes on to sell over 10 million copies in America.
Richie released his first (self-titled) solo album in 1982, the year he left the Commodores. With the hits "Truly" and "You Are," it's a huge success, but Can't Slow Down takes him to a new level, thanks in part to MTV, which post-Thriller, now welcomes black artists.
The first single is a party song: "All Night Long (All Night)." A #1 hit, it incorporates some Caribbean and African sayings in the lyrics, along with some made-up words that sound fun. "Running With The Night" follows, and then another #1 hit, "Hello," famous for its video where Richie shares a moment with a blind pottery student.
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