2008 Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction is certified for sales of 18 million by the RIAA, overtaking Boston's self-titled album (at 17 million) to become the all-time best-selling debut album in America. Ten years later, Hootie & the Blowfish earn the title when their album Cracked Rear View is certified at 21 million.
2007 Lionel Richie appears on The Simpsons in the episode "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs."
2006 The Australian band Sick Puppies post a video set to their song "All The Same" where lead singer Shim Moore gives out free hugs to strangers, igniting the "Free Hugs" campaign. The video quickly goes viral and earns Moore an appearance on Oprah.
2004 Country singer Roy Drusky, known for the 1965 chart-topping duet "Yes Mr. Peters" with Priscilla Mitchell, dies of complications from lung cancer at age 74.
2000 Tim McGraw is featured on the cover of TV Guide, due to his various nominations for the 34th Annual CMA Awards.
1998 The first ever Lilith Fair concert outside North America takes place at London's Royal Albert Hall. Before the sold-out show, Lilith founder Sarah McLahlan tells a press conference that plans are underway to bring the Fair to Europe as a touring package the following year.
1998 Elvis Presley, once rejected by the Grand Old Opry, is posthumously inducted into Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame.
1997 The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon Tour opens in Chicago. Opening acts for the North American tour include Sheryl Crow, The Dave Matthews Band, The Smashing Pumpkins, Jamiroquai, Blues Traveler and Foo Fighters.
1997 Jackson Browne releases The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne.
1997 The Rolling Stones release Bridges To Babylon.
1996 Agnetha Faltskog, one of ABBA's two female leads, publishes her biography, As I Am.
1995 Bluesman Lawrence "Booker T." Laury dies of cancer at age 81.
1986 Following a split with their record label and some lineup changes, Boston release Third Stage, their first album since Don't Look Back in 1978. The first single is "Amanda," the group's only #1 hit in America. They don't put out another album until 1994.
Bob Marley plays his final concert: a 20-song set at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh with his group, The Wailers.Read more
2011 Following a Demi Lovato concert at the Nokia Theater, Justin Bieber takes his girlfriend Selena Gomez to The Staples Center, which he has rented out so they can enjoy a private showing of Titanic in the 20,000 seat theater.
2003 OutKast's double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is released. It's really two solo albums, with Andre 3000 doing The Love Below and Big Boi doing Speakerboxxx.
1979 The crowd chants, "Hell No, We Won't Glow" at a massive 5-hour anti-nuke rally in New York City's Battery Park, where Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt are among the performers.More
1949 Bruce Springsteen is born in Long Branch, New Jersey.
1930 Ray Charles is born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Georgia.
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