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.
1829 Levi Strauss, blue jeans creator, is born. He dies in 1902.
1916 Actor Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners, The Hustler, the Smokey And The Bandit movies) is born. He dies in 1987.
1920 Actor Tony Randall (The Odd Couple) is born. He dies in 2004.
1928 Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Fats Domino is born. He dies in October 2017.
1932 Country music titan Johnny Cash is born. He dies in 2003.
1951 The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, limiting a president to two terms in office.
1977 “Hard Luck Woman” by Kiss peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.
1991 Iraqi president Saddam Hussein announces on Baghdad Radio that he has ordered his forces to withdraw from Kuwait.
1993 A terrorist bomb explodes in an underground parking lot of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people, wounding more than 1,000 others, and causing $591 million in damage.
1994 Actor-comedian Bill Hicks dies at age 32.
1999 Creed‘s My Own Prison and the Offspring‘s Americana are both certified triple platinum.
2001 U2 is named Best International Group and is given the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award at the annual Brit Awards in London, while Coldplay nabs awards for Best British Band and Best British Album.
2001 David Bowie, Moby, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Dave Matthews, and many others perform at the annual Tibet House benefit concert in New York City.
2001 Karen McNeil, serial stalker of Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, is found guilty of violating her probation after trespassing at least six more times on the singer’s property.
2002 The annual Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards are handed out. U2 is the big winner, as the Edge is named best rock guitarist, Adam Clayton wins the best bassist award, and the group is named best guitar band.
2002 The Recording Artists Coalition holds a series of Concerts For Artists’ Rights in Southern California. Beck, Eddie Vedder, and Mike Ness of Social Distortion play at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, while No Doubt, the Offspring, and Weezer are at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach.
2002 The Dave Matthews Band is honored for its humanitarian efforts at the Rock The Vote Patrick Lippert Awards at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles.
2005 Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster wins the prize for Best Documentary at the IFP Independent Spirit Awards, held in Santa Monica, California.
2006 U2 frontman Bono is nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
2008 Maxim magazine apologizes for publishing a negative review of the new Black Crowes album, called Warpaint, without the writer having heard the entire CD.
2013 Stone Temple Pilots fire singer Scott Weiland, with the band issuing a terse statement saying, “Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland.” Weiland responds with a statement in which he says, “Not sure how I can be ‘terminated’ from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out.”
- Tim Commerford (bassist, Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage) (50)
- Teresa Palmer (actress, Bedtime Stories, Take Me Home Tonight, I Am Number Four, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Warm Bodies, Lights Out, A Discovery Of Witches) (33)
- Michael Bolton (singer) (66)
And that’s what happened today in Rock ‘N’ Roll…