1998 The Wilkinsons make their first official appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. They had made an informal appearance on the Opry once before, when they joined Vince Gill onstage before they had a record deal.
1996 Composer Berthold Goldschmidt dies in London, England, at age 93.
1995 Sting's former financial adviser, convicted of bilking the singer to the tune of $9.4 million, is sentenced in a London court to six years in jail.
1993 Criss Oliva (lead guitarist for Savatage) is killed by a drunk driver in Zephyrhills, Florida, at age 30.
1991 Sixties British singer Sandie Shaw is arrested and fined 100 pounds for refusing to take a breathalyzer test outside her home in London.
1991 John Mellencamp faints during a radio station appearance in Seattle and is rushed to the hospital, where the cardiologist cites "too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast" as the cause. His chain-smoking doesn't help either.
1989 The first practice by the San Francisco band Four Non Blondes is postponed because of an earthquake, which also disrupts the World Series. The band later has a hit with "What's Up."
1987 "Lost in Emotion" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam goes to #1 in the US.
1984 Blues singer/songwriter Alberta Hunter dies in New York City, at age 89. Composed "Downhearted Blues" in 1922.
1980 Bruce Springsteen releases The River.
1972 R&B singer Billy Williams, known for his hit 1957 cover of Fats Waller's "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," dies in Chicago, Illinois, at age 62.
1971 Chris Kirkpatrick is born in Clarion, Pennsylvania. He joins 'N Sync, and also makes cameo appearances in music videos for A Day to Remember's "2nd Sucks," and Good Charlotte's "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous."
Lynyrd Skynyrd release Street Survivors, the last album with frontman Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, as both are killed only three days later after the band's plane goes down en route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.Read more
2005 Fats Domino returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.
1998 "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies hits #1 in the US, where it stays for... one week.
1995 Rhino releases all 58 episodes of the The Monkees in a deluxe VHS box set. It's a big box: 21 tapes, making it the largest video release of all time.More
1987 "You Win Again" by the Bee Gees hits #1 in the UK, making them the first group with UK chart-toppers in three different decades (the '60, '70s and '80s).
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