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.
ON THIS DAY:
1912 Artist Jackson Pollock is born. He dies in 1956.
1915 The Coast Guard is created by an act of Congress.
1932 The first U.S. state unemployment insurance act is enacted in Wisconsin.
1970 Jimi Hendrix & the Band Of Gypsies play the Winter Festival For Peace benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In the middle of the second song, “Earth Blues,” Hendrix tells the audience, “I’m sorry, we just can’t get it together,” and walks off stage.
1978 “You Really Got Me” by Van Halen, a cover of the Kinks song, is released.
1978 Fantasy Island, starring Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize, debuts on ABC.
1982 Kiss — minus lead guitarist Ace Frehley, who doesn’t show up — lip-syncs the song “I” at Studio 54 in New York City for satellite transmission to the San Remo Music Festival in Italy. It’s the only time in Kiss history that the band has appeared as a trio.
1982 Actors Danny DeVito (Taxi) and Rhea Perlman (Cheers) are married.
1984 “I Will Follow” by U2 peaks at Number 81 on the pop chart.
1986 At 11:39 A.M. ET, the U.S. space shuttle Challenger explodes, just 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida. All seven members of the crew are killed.
1991 Rolling Stone magazine obtains court papers revealing that the marriage of Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose and Erin Everly has been annulled.
1995 The video for the Van Halen song “Amsterdam” is shot in Amsterdam.
1997 Beck‘s Odelay album is certified platinum.
1998 Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel dies at age 83.
1998 Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine becomes a parent for the second time when his wife, Pam, gives birth to a girl. The couple already have a son.
2001 Van Halen confirms that they have parted with Warner Bros. Records, the only label they have ever recorded for, after 23 years.
2002 Courtney Love is allowed by a Court Of Appeals to challenge a California labor code in her legal dispute with the Universal Music Group.
2002 More than 600 people line up to audition for the vacant guitarist spot in Limp Bizkit at the Guitar Center store in Long Island City, New York.
2003 Zwan, the band formed by singer-guitarist Billy Corgan following the demise of the Smashing Pumpkins, release their debut album, Mary, Star Of The Sea. Corgan breaks up the band later that year.
2003 George W. Bush delivers the State Of The Union address, pressing for war by making the claim — later proven false — that Iraq is trying to get uranium from Africa for nuclear weapons.
2005 Former Nickelback drummer Ryan Vikedal lashes out at his ex-bandmates over his dismissal in an interview with Canada’s Edmonton Sun, telling the newspaper that he feels “betrayed.”
2006 Avenged Sevenfold spends some time at Bolling BX Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., where they sign autographs for U.S. military personnel.
2008 Two people are injured during a Rage Against The Machine performance at an Australian festival when thousands of concertgoers surge toward the stage.
2015 Fall Out Boy notches the third Number One album of the band’s career as American Beauty/American Psycho lands at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 218,000 total copies in its first week of release.
2018 Rock/alternative winners at the 60th annual Grammy Awards include Portugal. The Man for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Mastodon for Best Metal Performance, Foo Fighters for Best Rock Song and The War On Drugs for Best Rock Album.
- Elijah Wood (actor, The Ice Storm, “Frodo Baggins” in the Lord Of The Rings movies and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Sin City) (38)
- Nick Carter (Backstreet Boy) (38)
- Joey Fatone (member of *NSYNC) (41)
- Alan Alda (actor, M*A*S*H, Murder At 1600, What Women Want) (83)
- Mo Rocca (contributor, CBS’ Sunday Morning) (50)
- Frank Darabont (director, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist, The Walking Dead) (60)
- Karen Lynn Gorney (actress, Saturday Night Fever) (74)
- Dan Spitz (guitarist, Anthrax) (56)
- Dave Sharp (guitarist, the Alarm) (60)
- Nicolas Sarkozy (former president of France) (64)
- Ariel Winter (actress, Modern Family) (21)
- Will Poulter (actor, We’re The Millers, Detroit, The Maze Runner, The Little Stranger) (26)+
And that’s what happened today in Rock ‘N’ Roll…