1999 Twenty-year-old Eve hits #1 in America with her debut album, Ruff Ryders' First Lady. It's the third chart-topper of 1999 for the red-hot Ruff Ryders label, following DMX' Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood and the collaborative Ruff Ryders Ryde or Die Vol. 1. Another female rapper doesn't claim the top spot until Nicki Minaj in 2012 with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
1999 David Bowie offers a virtual guided tour of the controversial art show "Sensation: Young British Artists From The Saatchi Collection" at davidbowie.com. The show includes Damien Hirst's shark suspended in formaldehyde (titled "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living") and Tracey Emin's tent (titled "Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995").
1998 Paul McCartney does an anonymous Q&A on the official site of his ambient duo The Fireman to promote their new album, Rushes.
1997 Juanita L. Evans files suit against Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Method Man, rapper Redman, and a Pennsylvania university and its student government. Evans claims that she was distracted by Redman and therefore did not see Method Man when he leaped off stage and landed on her. Evans was knocked unconscious.
1994 Following their Bridge School benefit performance in Mountain View, California, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers part ways with their original drummer, Stan Lynch. "Stan had lost all allegiance to us and was auditioning with other bands," Petty explains. "I had the feeling he was only staying around for the money." He is replaced by Average White Band drummer Steve Ferrone.
1992 Madonna's racy "Erotica" video, featuring footage from the making of her Sex book, debuts on MTV. The clip, which features the sultry singer guiding viewers through increasingly sexual scenarios, airs just three times before being banned.
1989 After years of poorly received output, Neil Young returns to form with Freedom, his 17th studio album. Having ditched Geffen Records after years of problems, Young records Freedom with his original label, Reprise. The album features three songs ("Don't Cry," "Eldorado" and "On Broadway") first released on the EP Eldorado earlier in the year.
1986 The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1985 Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1983 ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog is involved in a car crash in Skane, Sweden, and suffers a concussion but soon recovers.
1982 The word "jobsworth" appears for the first time in the London Times, having been popularized - if not coined - by singer-songwriter Jeremy Taylor.
1982 Accept's fourth studio album, Restless and Wild, is released. Self-produced by the band, the album would include two different front covers (one of two Flying V's aflame, the other a live shot of the band) and spawn a track which many consider the birth of speed metal, "Fast as a Shark."
Tom Petty, 66, goes into cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. He is taken to UCLA medical center, but cannot be revived. Later that night, after his friends and family gather, he is taken off life support.Read more
2002 Return of the King: 25 years after his death, Elvis Presley has a #1 album in 17 countries - including the United States - when Elv1s 30 No. 1 Hits makes its debut.
1995 (What's the Story?) Morning Glory is released and makes worldwide stars of the British rock band Oasis. The epic "Champagne Supernova" - exclusively released as a single in the US - reaches #1 on the Modern Rock chart.
1982 "Jack And Diane," a little ditty about two American kids growin' up in the heartland, hits #1 in America. It's the first and only #1 on the tally for John Cougar, who later reverts to his real name, John Mellencamp.
1954 Elvis Presley makes his one and only appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, where he sings "Blue Moon Of Kentucky." It doesn't go over well with the crowd, which does not approve of his take on traditional country music. The Opry's talent director, Jim Denny, reportedly tells Presley he should go back to driving a truck. Elvis swears never to return.
1951 Sting is born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in Wallsend, Northumberland, England. He earns his nickname when a fellow musician says he looks like a bee in his yellow-and-black striped sweater. He is working as a schoolteacher when his band The Police hit the big time.More
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