Music History for Thursday, 4/24/14
2009 - Robin Thicke performed his 2007 hit song “Lost Without U” on The Oprah Show on the Oprah Friday’s Live segment. So many viewers complained about missing the performance that Oprah Winfrey eventually brought Robin back a month later to perform again, which was unprecedented.
2008 - Jane’s Addiction reunited at the NME Awards, an annual awards show in the U.K.
2007 - Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown divorced after 14 years of marriage.
2007 - After Mick Jagger booked the luxury suite at Vienna’s Imperial Hotel, then U.S. President George W. Bush was denied the room.
2006 - Country music singer Bonnie Owens passed away. She was 76.
2005 - Mariah Carey’s album The Emancipation of Mimi entered the U.S. album chart at number one.
2003 - The Dixie Chicks launched a publicity campaign to explain themselves after suffering a backlash stemming from their criticism of George W. Bush. During a primetime interview with Diane Sawyer, singer Natalie Maines said she remained proud of her original statement, which was quote, “We’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
2003 - Creed was sued by four fans who claimed singer Scott Stapp was quote, “so intoxicated and/or medicated that he was unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed song” during a 2002 show in Chicago.
2003 - The White Stripes performed a cover of the Dolly Parton song “Jolene” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The band played four straight nights on the show.
2003 - In a statement on her website, Sinead O’Connor told fans she was retiring from the music business. She wrote, quote, “I would request that as of July, since I seek no longer to be a ‘famous’ person, and instead I wish to live a ‘normal’ life, could people please afford me my privacy.”
2002 - Jewel was thrown from a horse and suffered a broken collarbone and a rib. She postponed her tour because she couldn't play guitar with her arm in a sling.
2001 - Tim McGraw celebrated the release of his new CD Set This Circus Down by performing at New York City's South Street Seaport and then boarding a private plane to Nashville, where he played in a circus tent.
2001 - The Bee Gees release a new CD, This Is Where I Came In, to mark their 35th anniversary as a band.
2000 - Limp Bizkit announced details of its planned 24-date tour called Back to Basics. Rappers Cypress Hill were set to open the shows.
1998 - Bruce Springsteen's father, Douglas, died in Belmont, California.
1996 - In a national radio broadcast, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo announced the band's lead singer, Scott Weiland, was in drug rehab and unable to perform. STP was forced to cancel several free shows.
1992 - David Bowie and supermodel Iman married. The wedding was announced about a week later.
1994 - Madonna visited the San Antonio Spurs locker room to congratulate David Robinson on his 71-point performance.
1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis married his sixth wife, 22-year-old Kerrie Mccarver.
1977 - Talking Heads went on their first European tour, opening for The Ramones.
1963 - Little Peggy March had the number one single with "I Will Follow Him." At 15 years old, she was the youngest female singer to have a number one single.
1961 - Bob Dylan earned a $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's recording of "Midnight Special."
General History for Thursday, 4/24/14
1800 - Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.
1898 - Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
1915 - The Ottoman Turkish Empire began the brutal mass deportation of Armenians during World War One.
1953 - Queen Elizabeth the Second knighted British statesman Winston Churchill.
1961 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters, becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.
1961 - President John F. Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" following the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
1968 - Leftist students at Columbia University in New York began a week-long occupation of several campus buildings.
1980 - The United States launched an abortive attempt to free the American hostages in Iran -- a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. servicemen.
1986 - Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, died in Paris at age 89. She was the American divorcée for whom King Edward The Eighth gave up the British throne.
1982 - Actress, model and activist Jane Fonda began a career as exercise guru with the release of Workout, the first of her many bestselling aerobics video tapes.
1990 - Junk bond king Michael Milken pleaded guilty to six felonies and agreed to pay a 600 million-dollar penalty. He was later sentenced to ten years in prison.
1998 - ABC confirmed it was canceling the TV show Ellen, the first series to feature an openly gay lead character.
2000 - ABC aired the TV movie The Three Stooges.
2000 - A teenage gunman opened fire at Washington's National Zoo, wounding seven children.
2003 - A U.S. official reported North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons.
2008 - Actor Wesley Snipes was sentenced Thursday to the maximum, three years in prison, for failing to file tax returns.
2009 - Jay Leno was released from a hospital after falling ill and checking himself into a Los Angeles hospital the day before.
2010 - The Oberoi, one of the hotels attacked in the Mumbai terror siege in November of 2008, reopened after extensive renovation. More than 160 people were killed in Islamic terrorist attacks.
2012 - London Marathon organizers accidentally published over 38,000 email addresses and home addresses of runners.