Music History for Friday, 8/22/14
2012 - Jonathan A. Kirby, 56, allegedly broke into LL Cool J's Los Angeles home. He was roughed up by the rapper during the incident, suffering a broken jaw, nose and ribs.
2011 - Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson died. He was 70. The singer was best known for his Motown hits, including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.”
2008 - James Brown was recognized at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. A plaque was unveiled in a ceremony that officially commemorated the renaming of the arena.
2006 - Keane singer Tom Chaplin admitted he entered rehab for drugs and alcohol.
2003 - The IRS confiscated personal belongings of Peabo Bryson to pay back taxes.
2001 - Country star Travis Tritt received the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 2001 Hall of Fame Award, in recognition of his distinguished service to the nation.
2001 - Stevie Nicks postponed two concerts to undergo treatment for severe bronchitis.
2000 - Violence broke out at the second annual Source Hip-Hop Music Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Police had to stop the event about two and a half hours into the show. UPN telecast the debacle later that month.
1999 - During the Lilith Fair tour stop in Toronto, Prince joined Sheryl Crow on stage for “Every Day is a Winding Road,” singing and playing guitar.
1998 - Mark David Chapman said he did not want any of the money that would be made from the sale of the signed Double Fantasy album that John Lennon signed for him the same day Lennon was killed.
1998 - Jo Dee Messina reached number one on the Billboard country chart with “I’m Alright.”
1998 - Garth Brooks promised to return to South America after his first concert there drew over 50 thousand fans during the annual Rodeo Barretos in Brazil.
1997 - Tim Weisberg sued Dan Fogelberg for fraud and breach of contract over the recording of their album, No Resemblance Whatsoever, which was the follow-up to Twin Sons of Different Mothers.
1997 - Country singer Mark Wills performed his hit single “Jacob’s Ladder” for his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1987 - Madonna had the number one single with “Who’s That Girl,” from the movie of the same name. It was her sixth number one single.
1987 - Restless Heart earned a number one Billboard country hit with “Why Does It Have To Be (Wrong or Right).”
1987 - Bon Jovi headlined the Castle Donington Monsters of Rock festival in England.
1979 - Led Zeppelin released their last album together, In Through The Out Door.
1978 - Sid Vicious gave his last live performance at London’s Electric Ballroom.
1970 - The number one album was Cosmos Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
1970 - Derek And The Dominoes began work on their first and only studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
1970 - Elton John signed with MCA Records.
1970 - Bread had the number one single with “Make It With You.”
1969 - The single “In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)” by Zager And Evans ended a six-week run at number one.
1969 - The Beatles filmed a film short for “The Long and Winding Road.”
1968 - Cynthia Lennon sued John Lennon for divorce because of his adulterous relationship with Yoko Ono.
1964 - The Supremes had their first number one single with “Where Did Our Love Go.”
1964 - Martha & The Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street” was released.
1962 - Britain’s Granada TV recorded the first-ever TV appearance by The Beatles during a lunchtime performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.
1956 - Elvis Presley began filming his first movie, The Reno Brothers. The title was soon changed to Love Me Tender.
General History for Friday, 8/22/14
1775 - The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England’s King George III.
1902 - In Hartford, Connecticut, President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. chief executive to ride in an automobile.
1938 - Hollywood’s most famous dancing duo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, were featured on the cover of Life magazine.
1950 - Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted in competition for the national championship when she entered the U.S. Open.
1956 - President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon were nominated for second terms of office by the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.
1973 - Henry Kissinger was named secretary of state by President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.
1989 - Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton was shot to death in Oakland, California. The gunman, Tyrone Robinson, was later sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
1989 - Nolan Ryan became the first Major League Baseball pitcher to strike out five thousand batters.
1990 - President Bush signed an order calling up reservists to bolster the U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf.
1992 - Category-five Hurricane Andrew struck the Bahamas and made landfall in south Florida and southern Louisiana a couple of days later. Hurricane Andrew had some of the highest winds ever recorded, at 175 miles per hour, and was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history at the time (surpassed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005), causing 65 deaths.
1995 - Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds of Illinois was convicted in Chicago of sexual misconduct involving an underage campaign volunteer.
2004 - In Oslo, Norway, a version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream and his work Madonna were stolen from the Munch Museum. This version of The Scream, one of four different versions, was a tempera painting on board.
2008 - As many as 90 Afghan civilians, 60 of them children, died in an airstrike by coalition troops in the western village of Azizabad. It was one of the deadliest airstrikes since the war began in 2001, and the deadliest for civilians. The U.S. military refuted the figures, which were confirmed by the U.N.
2009 - Actress Milla Jovovich married film director Paul W. S. Anderson in Beverly Hills, California.
2011 - The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. opened to the public
2012 - 47 people were killed in the Syrian civil war. Meanwhile, another 48 people were killed in Kenyan tribal wars.
2012 - General Hospital’s Vanessa Marcil divorced actor Carmine Giovinazzo after two years of marriage.