12 October

Pick a Day

12 OCTOBER

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1997 With Backstreet Boys mania building worldwide, the group has to cancel a free, open-air concert at the Mostenses Plaza in Madrid when too many fans show up.

1996 Though they've refused to release it on video for 27 years, largely due to dissatisfaction over their own performance, The Rolling Stones finally release their landmark 1968 all-star BBC television special, The Rolling Stones' Rock And Roll Circus.

1995 Tupac Shakur is released from jail after Death Row Records boss Suge Knight posts a $1.4 million bond to release him. Knight puts the rapper to work, flying Tupac to LA, to record his fourth album, All Eyez on Me. Tupac had been serving time on sexual abuse charges stemming from a 1993 incident.

1994 MTV airs the reunion concert special of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, entitled Unledded.

1993 Faith Hill releases her debut album, Take Me As I Am, featuring the #1 singles "Piece Of My Heart" and "Wild One."

1991 The Day on the Green Festival takes place at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. Headlined by Metallica, the lineup also includes Queensrÿche, Faith No More and Soundgarden.

1987 INXS release their breakthrough album Kick, with the hits "Need You Tonight," "Devil Inside" and "New Sensation."More

1985 Ricky Wilson (guitarist for B-52s) dies of AIDS in New York City, at age 32.

1981 U2 release their second album, October. Reflecting their Christian faith, it's filled with allusions to the Bible, notably on the song "Gloria."

1979 Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson has his right eye torn open by a thorn, situated on a rose an adoring fan threw on stage at the band's Madison Square Garden concert.

1974 "Rollermania" takes hold as the Bay City Rollers' debut album, Rollin', hits #1 in the UK.

1974 Olivia Newton-John's LP If You Love Me, Let Me Know hits #1.

1972 The movie Lady Sings The Blues, a musical biopic of singer Billie Holiday that launches the movie career of star Diana Ross, opens in theaters.

1972 Joseph Kahn is born Ahn Jun-hee in Busan, South Korea, but will be raised in the Jersey Village suburb of Houston, Texas. Kahn grows up to be the go-to director for pop videos of the late-'90s into the new millennium, helming clips for everyone from Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Taylor Swift to Chris Brown and Eminem.More

1971 Rock 'n roller Gene Vincent dies from a ruptured stomach ulcer in California, at age 36.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Makes Broadway Debut

1970

Jesus Christ Superstar opens on Broadway, telling the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus.

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