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2014 All is well in Seattle as the Super Bowl champion Seahawks play the first game of the season, with local band Soundgarden performing during the pregame.

2009 The-Dream and Christina Milian elope in Las Vegas; they separate three months later, though the split is not made public until July 2010.

2007 The Bob Dylan "biographical" movie, I'm Not There: Suppositions On A Film Concerning Dylan, premieres at the Venice (Italy) Film Festival.

1997 Accepting the award for Best New Artist, 19-year-old Fiona Apple rages against the machine, saying: "This world is bulls--t. And you shouldn't model your life about what you think we think is cool, what we're wearing, and what we're saying."More

1991 Country singer Dottie West, 58, dies five days after getting in a car accident on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

1986 Gregg Allman is arrested in Belleview, Florida, when a police officer sees his 1985 Trans Am weaving on Route 441. He blows a .27 (legal limit: .10) and is charged with drunken driving and driving with an expired license. Allman is sentenced to five days in jail and ordered to do community service, which he serves by playing a drug-and-alcohol-free graduation party for area high schools. He does his time in January 1987, a month before his aptly titled solo album I'm No Angel is released.

1980 Pop singer Dan Miller (of O-Town) is born in Laconia, New Hampshire.

1972 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on Jerry Lewis' muscular dystrophy telethon.

1971 At a Bruce Springsteen show at the Student Prince in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the E Street Band comes together when sax player Clarence Clemons joins the band on stage for the first time, a story recounted in the song "Tenth Avenue Freeze-out."

1970 The Rolling Stones release Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

1969 The Youngbloods, a rare rock band scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, are scratched. Carson says it's because they were being disrespectful; the band says they were slated to play two songs: a new one and their hit "Get Together," but when the show went long, the producers nixed the new song, so they walked.

1968 The Beatles play to a live audience for the first time in two years when they record promotional films for "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" at Twickenham Studios in front of an audience of about 100. It goes so well, they decide to make a documentary, which becomes Let It Be.

1965 While The Who shop for a guard dog, their van and $10,000 worth of equipment is stolen.

1964 The Animals play America for the first time with a show at New York's Paramount Theatre.

1960 Kim Thayil (lead guitarist for Soundgarden) is born in Seattle, Washington. He would be raised near Chicago in Park Forest, Illinois.

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Kelly Clarkson Crowned First American Idol


Kelly Clarkson beats Justin Guarini to become the first winner of American Idol.

Clarkson, a 20-year-old cocktail waitress from Burleson, Texas, takes the stage during the live broadcast at Hollywood's Kodak Theater alongside Pennsylvania native Justin Guarini, 23, a favorite among screaming adolescents throughout the inaugural season. It's been a whirlwind eight weeks of finals, with Clarkson and Guarini out-singing their competition with renditions of Motown classics, Big Band numbers, and Burt Bacharach love songs. Tonight, they face off with three performances each, including Clarkson's cover of Otis Redding's "Respect," and Guarini's signature take on Brenda Russell's "Get Here." An estimated 15.5 million viewers cast their votes for the first American Idol. The two finalists hold hands as Ryan Seacrest announces the winner: Kelly Clarkson. "I didn't actually hear them say I won," Clarkson, who earned 58% of the votes and an RCA recording contract, recalled. "Justin just hugged me." In an iconic Idol moment, Clarkson tearfully performs her coronation song, "A Moment Like This," one of two singles released immediately after the finale. Leaping 52 spots to #1, the ballad breaks The Beatles' record for the fastest jump to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. But Clarkson is no one-hit-wonder. She goes on to release dozens of hit singles and earns multiple Grammy Awards, becoming one of the most successful Idol alums of the show's 15-season run. Her success is a boon to FOX's TV talent contest, which continues to be a ratings juggernaut throughout the decade and inspires several copycats on rival networks. Riding high on the Idol tidal wave, Clarkson and Guarini team up for the 2003 movie musical From Justin to Kelly, a box-office bomb that earns a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst 'Musical' of Our First 25 Years. Thankfully, the fallout doesn't extend to Clarkson's singing career. Her debut album, Thankful, lands at #1 on the Billboard 200. As for Guarini, his self-titled debut peters out at #20, a fact Seacrest later blames on the show's lack of foresight, explaining, "After the first season, they learned to capitalize on the window of opportunity for non-winners keeping them in the public eye with singles, videos, rushed CDs, etc., something that didn't happen for Justin."



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