Join Gunner as he goes over all the important Rock dates in history weekdays at 3:50. Relive all the chart-topping moments, milestones, bad breakups and first times again.
There will be no hall pass today. Here’s what happened today in Rock N’ Roll.
1946 Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is born. He dies in 1991.
1960 Cassius Clay — the future Muhammad Ali — wins the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal.
1975 President Gerald Ford escapes an attempt on his life by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, California.
1991 R.E.M.‘s “Losing My Religion” wins MTV’s Best Video award.
1991 Former Panamanian leader General Manuel Noriega goes on trial in Miami on money-laundering and drug-trafficking charges. He is eventually convicted.
1993 Former Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro joins the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
1993 Halfway through a Pearl Jam concert at the Gorge in Washington state, hundreds of ticketless fans crash through two metal fences, slide down a 25-foot drop and try to rush the stage. More than 100 are treated for minor injuries.
1995 When the game becomes official in the bottom of the fifth inning, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. receives a standing ovation for over five minutes from the sellout home crowd at Camden Yards as he ties New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig‘s record of 2,130 consecutive games.
1996 Pearl Jam‘s No Code enters the Billboard album chart at Number One.
2001 Courtney Love appears before the California State Senate in Sacramento in an effort to change the structure of music industry contracts. Also appearing are Don Henley, Patti Austin, LeAnn Rimes, and members of the Dixie Chicks.
2001 Limp Bizkit‘s Fred Durst, Third Eye Blind‘s Stephan Jenkins, Everclear, and members of Kiss and Def Leppard attend the Los Angeles premiere of Rock Star, starringMark Wahlberg.
2005 3 Doors Down posts a public service announcement for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts at their official website, 3DoorsDown.com.
2006 Aerosmith and Motley Crue kick off their Route Of All Evil tour at the Germain Amphitheatre in Columbus, Ohio.
2006 Audioslave releases Revelations, its third and what turns out to be its final studio album.
2011 My Chemical Romance fires drummer Mike Pedicone after he is allegedly caught stealing from the band.
2012 Foo Fighters play a three-and-a-half hour, 35-song set — believed to be the band’s longest ever — at the Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the festivities surrounding the Democratic National Convention.
- Dweezil Zappa (guitarist; son of Frank Zappa) (49)
- Rose McGowan (actress, Scream, Jawbreaker, Charmed, Grindhouse; was once engaged to Marilyn Manson, key figure in the #MeToo movement) (45)
- Jerri Manthey (Survivor contestant) (46)
- Michael Keaton (actor, Night Shift, Beetlejuice, Batman, Batman Returns, The Paper, Jackie Brown, The Other Guys, RoboCop, Birdman, Spider-Man: Homecoming) (67)
- Raquel Welch (actress, Fantastic Voyage, One Million Years B.C., Mother, Jugs & Speed, American Family) (78)
- George Lazenby (actor, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; the second James Bond) (79)
- Bob Newhart (actor-comedian, The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart) (89)
- Brad Wilk (drummer, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage) (50)