7 September

Pick a Day

7 SEPTEMBER

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2020 Lily Allen marries David Harbour (Hopper on Stranger Things) at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, with an Elvis impersonator presiding.

2019 Thanks to an appearance in the Netflix show Someone Great where Gina Rodriguez gets tipsy and sings it to get over a breakup, "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo goes to #1 in America nearly two years after it was first released.

2018 Lenny Kravitz releases his 11th studio album, Raise Vibration, which features guest vocals from the late Michael Jackson on the single "Low." Kravitz collaborated with the King of Pop on Jackson's track "(I Can't Make It) Another Day" from the posthumous album Michael.

2018 Country singer Kathy Mattea ends a six-year recording hiatus when she releases the folk album Pretty Bird, featuring covers of Joan Osborne's "St. Teresa," Mary Gauthier's "Mercy Now," and Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe." It also debuts a new voice from the husky-throated singer, whose vocal problems forced her to learn to tap into her lower register.

2018 Rapper Mac Miller dies at 26 of an apparent drug overdose.

2010 The xx take home the 2010 Mercury Prize.

2008 While performing the song "Morning Glory" at the V Festival in Toronto, Noel Gallagher of Oasis is attacked by a concert-goer who rushes the stage and pushes him into his monitor. The band continues the show, but Gallagher is taken to a hospital that night to treat injuries to his ribs. He suffers a fractured rib and ligament damage, which forces the cancellation of several Oasis concerts.

2008 MTV makes up for trotting out a lethargic Britney Spears to open their previous year's Video Music Awards by giving her three awards for "Piece Of Me." Kanye West also debuts "Love Lockdown" on the show.

2001 The movie Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg as the lead singer of a tribute band who ends up joining his favorite group, hits theaters. A number of musicians have roles in the film, including Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe, whose song "Colorful" Wahlberg lip-synchs at the end of the film.

2001 Ryan Adams shoots the video for his song "New York, New York" with the World Trade Center in the background. Four days later, the buildings are destroyed in terrorist attacks; when the video is released, it is dedicated to the victims.

2001 Michael Jackson plays the first of two concerts at Madison Square Garden as part of his 30th anniversary tribute. Performers honoring Jackson include Slash, 'N Sync and Britney Spears. The concerts are edited and aired as a special on CBS.

1994 Fifteen-year-old Brandy releases her self-titled debut album, which goes on to sell over 4 million copies and establish her as an R&B star. Hits from the album include "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby."

1988 Barry Sadler is shot while riding in a Guatemala City taxi (he will die from his injuries 14 months later).

1988 INXS, the new sensation from Australia, are the big winners at the MTV Video Music Awards, taking five trophies, including Video Of The Year, for "Need You Tonight/Mediate." The songs are separate tracks on the album but combined for the video; the "Mediate" part is an homage to Bob Dylan's 1965 "Subterranean Homesick Blues" film.

1986 Mike Nesmith joins the other three Monkees on stage during their reunion tour concert in Los Angeles.

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Tupac Shot Five Times

1996

Rap star Tupac Shakur is shot five times in a drive-by following a boxing match in Las Vegas. He dies six days later at age 25.


Shakur's shooting is preceded by a beatdown: After watching Mike Tyson batter Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the confrontational rapper spots a rival, Orlando "Baby Lane" Anderson, and punches him in the face. Suge Knight and the rest of Tupac's entourage join in, brutally stomping the downed Crip. (The assault is caught on the hotel's video surveillance, which later lands Knight in jail.) Later that night, Tupac is riding shotgun in Knight's car when after stopping at a red light, a white four-door late-model Cadillac pulls up on their right side. They roll down a window and rapidly fire gunshots at Tupac. The rap star is hit four times: in the chest, arm and thigh, with one of the bullets going into his right lung and left testicle. Knight is hit in the head by a fragmentation. Despite their car having a flat tire, Knight drives them a mile away where a Bike Patrol stops them and alerts the paramedics. They get to the hospital; Tupac predicts his fate, saying, "I'm dying" while being carried to the emergency room. Pac's rap group Outlawz guard him as he fights for his life for nearly a week, but he finally dies from internal bleeding on September 13th. Police state that Suge Knight and the rest of the Death Row entourage that had been driving behind them refused to cooperate, giving them no real leads on the assailants. 2Pac himself refused to answer any questions about his shooter, his final words being "F--k You" to the officer questioning him. Tupac Shakur's murder is never solved. With no witnesses willing to speak, the case goes cold early. There are many theories surrounding Tupac's death, whether it be a final attack from East Coast rivals Bad Boy Records, a setup by Suge Knight before 2Pac could leave Death Row Records, or that Pac is actually still alive. Whatever the cause, the result is the same. The world lost a true artist in his prime and will never know just how much more he had to offer. Tupac left his mark during his 25 years on earth, and well beyond, with a collection of work that includes the albums 2Pacalypse Now, Me Against the World, and All Eyez on Me. The posthumous release of his final album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, moves 664,000 copies its first week; the influences behind his lyrics are studied in courses at Harvard and Berkeley; a Tupac-inspired musical shows up on Broadway. His legacy shows that Shakur was far more than a rapper - he was an idol and an inspiration.

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