1989 Cuban bandleader/musician Perez Prado dies of a stroke in Mexico City, Mexico, at age 72.
1987 American Bandstand becomes the longest-running entertainment show in America.
1985 The TV series The Golden Girls debuts on NBC. Its theme song is "Thank You for Being a Friend," written by Andrew Gold but sung by a jingle singer named Cynthia Fee. Gold's version was released in 1978 and reached #25 in the US.
1983 Amy Winehouse is born in Southgate, London, England.
1979 It's "Kenny Rogers Day" in Los Angeles as the singer gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6666 Hollywood Blvd.
1979 The film version of Quadrophenia, The Who's 1973 rock opera about growing up mod in London, premieres at the Toronto Film Festival.
1977 Cheryl Lynn appears on the Gong Show, where she wows the judges with her version of "You Are So Beautiful." This earns her a deal with CBS Records, which issues "Got To Be Real" as her first single. The disco track is her only big Hot 100 hit, but she becomes a regular on the R&B chart.
1976 Bob Dylan's TV special Hard Rain airs.
1973 Rapper Nas is born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York.
1973 Donny Osmond's "The Twelfth Of Never" is certified Gold.
1970 Craig Montoya (bassist for Everclear) is born in Spokane, Washington.
1970 Stevie Wonder marries his first wife, singer and former Motown secretary Syreeta Wright, in Detroit. They divorce in 1972.
1968 The Archies Saturday morning cartoon TV show debuts.
2001 Program directors at Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, begin circulating a list of songs that might be considered offensive in light of the September 11 attacks.More
1998 MTV debuts Total Request Live, a countdown of the Top 10 fan-requested music videos, hosted by Carson Daly. By the end of its 10-year run, the show is a cultural phenomenon.More
1982 Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, dies the day after suffering a stroke at the wheel and driving her car off a cliff. The 52-year-old former actress garnered acclaim in the 1956 musical comedy High Society alongside Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. She was also one of many stars name-checked in Madonna's "Vogue."
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