2005, the final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK. The show reached a peak audience of eight million at it's height during a three year run, Ozzy was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, "I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week."
2001, Sean Puffy Combs was stopped by police in Golden Beach, Miami who informed him that his driving license was suspended. Combs was not arrested because he claimed he was unaware of the suspension, but he was cited for the traffic violation.
was given 2 years probation and fined £1,800 and £3,600 costs after admitting carrying a concealed weapon. The charges followed an incident outside a club in Warren, Michigan last June when Eminem
'pistol whipped' John Guerra after he saw him kissing his wife.
1999, A charity tribute concert for the late Linda McCartney
was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Among the performers were Paul McCartney
, Chrissie Hynde
, George Michael
, Elvis Costello
and Sinead O'Connor
1994, Over 5,000 fans attended a public memorial service for Kurt Cobain
at Seattle Flag Pavilion.
1990, Tom Waits
took Doritos Chips to court for using a 'Waites', sound-alike on radio ads. The jury awarded him $2.475 million in punitive damages, Waits comments after the case, 'now by law I have what I always felt I had...a distinctive voice.'
1982, Iron Maiden
scored their first UK No.1 album with 'The Number Of The Beast.'
1976, Peter Frampton
went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Frampton Comes Alive', the biggest selling 'live' album in rock history.
1970, Born on this day, Mike Mushok, guitar, Staind
, (2001 US No.1 album, 'Break The Cycle', 2001 US No. 7 & UK No. 15 single 'It's Been A While').
1970, During a concert in Boston, Doors
singer Jim Morrison
asked the audience if 'anyone wants to see my genitals', the management switched off the power.
1970, 27 year-old Paul McCartney
issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split. McCartney said, 'I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John'.
1965, A School in Wrexham, Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in 'corduroy trousers', like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones
1964, Born on this day, Alan 'Reni' Wren, drums, The Stone Roses
, (1989 UK No.8 single 'Fool's Gold', 1989 album, The Stone Roses').
1962, The Beatles
former bass player Stuart Sutcliff died. Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg after leaving the group. Died of a brain haemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to hospital aged 22.
1959, Born on this day, Brian Setzer, guitar, vocals, The Stray Cats
, (1980 UK No.9 single 'Runaway Boys', 1983 US No.3 single 'Stray Cat Strut'). Brian Setzer Orchestra
. Has been known to hang out at The Blue Comet in Glenside, Pa occasionally.
1958, US singer Chuck Willis
was killed in a car accident aged 30. Had the 1957 US No. 12 single 'C.C. Rider').
1956, Nat King Cole
was attacked on stage during a show in Birmingham, Alabama by racial segregationists.
1950, Born on this day, Ernest Stewart, keyboards, KC and The Sunshine Band
, (1975 US No.1 single 'That's The Way, I Like It', 1983 UK No.1 single 'Give It Up'). He died on 26th April 1997.
1950, Born on this day, Dave Pevertt, vocals, guitar, Savoy Brown
, (1976 US No. 20 single 'Slow Ride'). He died on 7th February 2000.
1950, Born on this day, Eddie Hazel, Parliament
, (1978 US No.16 album 'One Nation Under A Groove'). Died Dec 23, 1992 from internal bleeding and liver failure.
1948, Born on this day, Fred Smith, bass, Television
, (1977 single and album 'Marquee Moon').
1947, Born on this day, Bunny Livingston, Bob Marley and the Wailers
, percussion, vocals, left in 1974.
1936, Born on this day, Bobbie Smith, vocals, Detroit Spinners
, (1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'Working My Way Back To You').
1932, Born on this day, Nate Nelson, The Platters
, (1959 UK & US No.1 single 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes').
1921, Born on this day, Sheb Wooley
, actor, singer, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.12 single, The Purple People Eater
, played Pete Nolan in the TV series 'Rawhide').