Music History for Friday, 7/25/14
2012 - Toy corporation MGA Entertainment sued Lady Gaga, alleging that her and her managers delayed approval on a forthcoming Lady Gaga doll. MGA, citing "breach of contract," asked for $10 million.
2011 - Investigators say an autopsy on Amy Winehouse “did not establish a formal cause of death.” Further toxicology tests concluded acute alcohol poisoning killed the troubled singer.
2009 - Maxwell had the number one album in the country with BLACKsummers’night.
2005 - Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine sued former bassist David Ellefson, alleging that he used the band’s name without permission.
2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Brann died of a heart attack. He was 52.
2002 - Destiny’s Child and two former members of the group settled out of court over the lyrics to “Survivor.” Letoya Luckett and Latavia Roberson, who left the group in 2000, took issue over this line in the song: “You thought that I’d be stressed without you, but I’m chillin’. /You thought I wouldn’t sell without you, sold nine million.”
2001 - Doors drummer John Densmore and singer Bonnie Raitt were just two of the activists arrested after a public protest against loggers in Itasca, Illinois.
2001 - Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital, suffering from nervous exhaustion. She also pulled out of MTV's 20th anniversary bash, where she was supposed to be the main attraction.
2000 - Guitarist and singer Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens announced he was running for U.S. Senate in New Jersey on the Reform Party ticket.
1999 - At Woodstock '99 in Rome, New York, all hell broke loose during the Red Hot Chili Peppers' set. Fires were started and fueled by all the garbage on the concert's grounds. Days after the concert, accusations of rape and other violence were made against security guards and members of the crowd.
1998 - Jazz guitarist Tal Farlow died of esophageal cancer. He was 77.
1995 - Country singer Charlie Rich died.
1995 - Singer Nina Simone fired a gun at a pair of noisy teenagers playing near her home in the south of France. She got 18 months probation and was ordered to get mental help.
1992 - Singer Bryan Adams played Good Samaritan by helping out two motorists whose car ran into his on a highway in Switzerland. Adams was on his way from Zurich to Vienna on a concert tour when the other car skidded out of control, hit his car, then crashed into an embankment.
1990 - The Boss became a dad when Bruce Springsteen's wife, Patti Scialfa, gave birth to a baby boy, Evan James.
1990 - Comedian Roseanne Barr was booed off the field after she grabbed her crotch and spit at the end of her screechy rendition of the national anthem at a San Diego Padres game. President Bush called the performance "disgusting."
1980 - KISS introduced their new drummer, Eric Carr, at a concert at the Palladium in New York City.
1980 - AC/DC released Back in Black, their first album with Brian Johnson as lead singer.
1980 - Guitarist David Knopfler quit Dire Straits to start a solo career.
1978 - Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon gave his new band a name: Public Image. It became Public Image Limited a few months later.
1975 - The musical A Chorus Line debuted on Broadway. The show closed in 1990 after 6,137 performances.
1971 - The Beach Boys released their album Surf's Up.
1970 - The Carpenters started a four-week run at number one on the singles chart with "(They Long to Be) Close to You."
1970 - Chicago released "25 or 6 to 4."
1969 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young made their live debut at the Fillmore East in New York City. Their second performance ever would be the following week at Woodstock.
1968 - Eric Clapton recorded his guitar lead on The Beatles' tune "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," written and sung by his pal, George Harrison.
1967 - The Beatles and other U.K. rock groups urged the British government to legalize marijuana. Their comments were made in a London Times advertisement signed by all four of the Beatles.
1966 - The Rolling Stones performed their last American concert with Brian Jones, in San Francisco.
1966 - Bob Dylan suffered a broken neck vertebrae when he crashed his motorcycle near his home in Woodstock, New York.
1965 - Bob Dylan did his first electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival. The audience booed.
1962 - The Elvis Presley film Kid Galahad premiered.
1960 - Roy Orbison’s first hit, “Only the Lonely,” reached number two on the Billboard Pop chart.
General History for Friday, 7/25/14
1861 - The Crittenden Resolution, which called for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1865 - James Barry died. At least, everyone THOUGHT James had died, until it was revealed that James was REALLY Janine! After being jilted by a lover, Janine disguised herself as a man and joined the British Army. She stayed with the army for 52 years, serving in Malta and South Africa, and eventually became the Inspector General of the Medical Department. Even her servant of 32 years never guessed the truth.
1866 - Ulysses S. Grant became the first person to hold the rank of General of the United States Army.
1871 - William Schneider, of Davenport, Iowa, patented the very first merry-go-round. There was no music and the animals didn't move.
1943 - Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was overthrown in a coup.
1946 - An unknown comedy act played the Club 500 in Atlantic City. For 10 minutes, they struggled to win over the audience with Italian ballads and silly gags. Then, realizing it was a lost cause, the pair began some new, spur-of-the-moment routines by seizing trays from waiters, squirting soda down women's blouses and hurling steaks around the room, all of which got the whole room involved in a conga line. The reviews of that show launched the showbiz careers of longtime comedy team Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
1946 - The U.S. detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. It was the first underwater test of the device.
1948 - An Eastern Airlines DC-3 almost collided with a UFO over Montgomery, Alabama. At first, the Eastern pilot and co-pilot thought it was a jet zooming towards them, but they realized the craft was going faster than any jet ever could. Both the pilot and the UFO veered off to avoid a collision; the UFO was described as being 100 feet long with no wings and two long rows of windows. After the near-collision, the mystery craft shot straight up in the sky and disappeared.
1952 - Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.
1956 - Fifty-one people died when the Italian liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm off the New England coast.
1978 - Louise Joy Brown, the first "Test Tube Baby," was born in Oldham, England. She'd been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got a hit in his 38th consecutive game, setting a National League record.
1984 - Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.
1985 - Actor Rock Hudson was hospitalized in Paris with AIDS. He died about two months later on October 2.
1994 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries' 46-year-old formal state of war.
1995 - A bomb exploded on a Paris subway, killing 11 people and injuring at least 60.
1998 - President Clinton was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury regarding the Monica Lewinsky case. The subpoena was withdrawn when Clinton agreed to give videotaped testimony with his lawyers present.
1999 - The Woodstock '99 Music Festival in Rome, New York, ended in fires and looting.
2000 - A New York-bound Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris shortly after takeoff. All 109 people on board were killed, along with four people on the ground. It was the Concorde's first crash ever.
2000 - Texas Governor George W. Bush selected Dick Cheney as his running mate in the presidential election.
2002 - Zacarias Moussaoui claimed he was guilty of conspiracy in the September 11 attacks, but then changed his plea while being arraigned in Alexandria, Virginia.
2010 - Nearly 300 firefighters battled nine lightning-sparked wildfires in northeast California.
2010 - One fan stabbed another in the eye with a pen at Comic-Con in San Diego over a dispute over a seat.
2012 - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney began an overseas trip to burnish his foreign credentials. However, he got off on the wrong foot after he suggested that London might not be fully prepared to host the Summer Olympics, creating an uproar in Britain. Later during his trip, Romney was accused by some of racism when he blamed the Palestinians' "culture" for their continued poverty.
2012 - The 2012 Summer Olympics began in London.