Music History for Tuesday, 9/23/14
2011 - The Chi-Lites’ Clarence Johnson, who left the group in 1964 before they gained popularity, died. He was 69.
2010 - The Ray Charles Memorial Library, which was created to preserve Ray Charles’ musical history, opened in Los Angeles.
2007 - James Blunt hit No. 1 on the U.K. charts with his second studio album, All the Lost Souls.
2007 - Lionel Richie appeared on the season debut of Fox’s The Simpsons. He guest starred as himself on the "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs" episode.
2006 - Beyoncé had the number one album in the country with her second solo effort, B’Day.
2006 - Vince Gill and Alison Krauss taped an episode of CMT Cross Country in Franklin, Tennessee.
2006 - Big & Rich made their Grand Ole Opry debut singing "8th of November" and a swing version of "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)."
2003 – Dave Matthews released his solo debut, Some Devil.
2002 - Reba performed "Does He Love You" with Kelly Clarkson during the two-four Fox special American Idol in Vegas.
2001 - Jay Z started a three-week run at the top of the album chart with The Blueprint.
2000 - Country star Tim McGraw was featured on the cover of TV Guide, thanks to his many nominations for the 34th Annual CMA Awards.
1999 - Shirley Manson of Garbage unveiled her own line of lip gloss.
1999 - Coolio appeared on TV's Judge Joe Brown to settle a financial dispute with his backing band, The Wyld Bunch. The judge ruled the band was due four thousand dollars in unpaid earnings.
1998 - The first-ever Lilith Fair concert outside North America was held at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1998 - Nearly 36 million viewers tuned in for the 32nd Annual CMA Awards live on CBS.
1998 - Steve Wariner's "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" was named CMA Single and Song of the Year. The Dixie Chicks also won two trophies at the 32nd Annual CMA Awards that night.
1997 - Elton John released his new recording of "Candle in the Wind" in the U.S. All profits from the single went to the charity fund set up in the name of Princess Diana, who died earlier in the year.
1997 - The Rolling Stones opened their Bridges to Babylon tour in Chicago.
1997 - Elektra Entertainment released The Next Voice You Hear: the Best of Jackson Browne.
1997 - MCA Records reissued Average White Band’s label debut Show Your Hand as part of the band's 25th anniversary.
1991 - Izzy Stradlin left Guns N' Roses. Gilby Clarke replaced him.
1986 - Singers Freddie Jackson, James Brown and Melba Moore headlined an anti-crack rally at New York's Plaza Hotel.
1980 - Foreigner released Double Vision.
1974 - Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh died of a heroin overdose at a party in Los Angeles.
1972 - Conway Twitty went to number one with his version of "I Can't Stop Loving You."
1969 - It was reported by the London Daily Mirror that Paul McCartney was dead. It was the first time the rumor was printed.
1967 - "People Are Strange" was released by The Doors.
1956 - Future Monkee Mickey Dolenz got his start on television on the NBC series Circus Boy.
1952 - Hank Williams recorded "Take These Chains from My Heart," "Kaw-Liga" and "Your Cheatin' Heart" in his final recording session at Nashville's Tulane Hotel.
General History for Tuesday, 9/23/14
63 BC - Caesar Augustus was born in Rome.
1642 - The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was held.
1779 - John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying, "I have not yet begun to fight!"
1780 - John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point, New York, to the British.
1806 - The Lewis & Clark expedition returned to St. Louis from the Pacific Northwest.
1845 - The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was formed by Alexander Joy Cartwright. It was the first baseball team in America.
1848 - John B. Curtis of Bangor, Maine, manufactured the first chewing gum.
1939 - Sigmund Freud died in England at the age of 83.
1952 - That famous Nixon "Checkers" speech took place. Dick was a candidate for vice president at the time and had been accused of accepting illegal campaign contributions, one of which was a cocker spaniel named Checkers that was given to his daughters.
1962 - The Jetsons premiered on ABC.
1975 - John Lennon's deportation order was temporarily halted on humanitarian grounds because Yoko Ono's pregnancy had reached a critical stage.
1976 - President Gerald R. Ford and Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter clashed over the economy in a nationally televised broadcast debate that left both candidates literally speechless for 27 minutes when the sound system failed.
1987 - Playboy magazine featured topless Jessica Hahn, who said she was not a "bimbo." In the 30-page article, she told of her sexual tryst with PTL founder Jim Bakker, including his telling her "by helping the shepherd you're helping the sheep" and forcing her to have oral sex.
1994 - The Shawshank Redemption, starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, opened in theaters.
1996 - Jim Carrey and Lauren Holly married. She later filed for divorce.
1998 - Actress Mary Frann, who played Bob Newhart's wife on TV's Newhart, died at age 55.
1998 - Jamie Lee Curtis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 - Siegfried & Roy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999 - Jean-Claude Van Damme was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a license after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a restaurant. On July 10, 2000, Van Damme was given three years' probation and fined 1,200 dollars.
2001 - Thousands gathered at New York's Yankee Stadium to pray for the victims of terrorism after the September 11th attacks. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said, "Our skyline will rise again."
2004 - Hurricane Jeanne crashed into Haiti, killing thousands.
2012 - Four genetically distinct types of breast cancer were discovered by scientists.