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.
1803 Ohio becomes the 17th state.
1867 Nebraska becomes the 37th state.
1917 The first parachute jump from an airplane is made by Albert Berry at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.
1923 Time magazine debuts.
1947 Alan Thicke (former talk show host/actor, Growing Pains‘ Jason Seaver) is born. He dies in December 2016.
1961 Barbie gets a boyfriend as Mattel introduces the Ken doll. They split up in 2004.
1962 Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors sets an NBA record when he scores 100 points in a single game.
1969 Doors singer Jim Morrison is arrested for “lewd and lascivious behavior” during a concert in Miami, and charged with indecent exposure and public drunkenness.
1969 Mickey Mantle announces his retirement from baseball.
1970 Charles Manson releases an album called Lie, with all proceeds going to his defense against murder charges.
1973 The X-rated film Deep Throat, starring Linda Lovelace, opens in U.S. theatres.
1976 “Shout It Out Loud” by Kiss is released.
1984 1984 by Van Halen is certified both gold and platinum.
1984 Actor Jackie Coogan (The Addams Family‘s Uncle Fester) dies at age 69.
1989 R.E.M. begins their first arena tour in Kentucky.
1991 The Doors, directed by Oliver Stone and starring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, opens in theatres nationwide.
1994 Beck releases the album Mellow Gold.
1994 At the Grammy Awards, Green Day‘s major label debut, Dookie, wins for Best Alternative Performance; and Soundgarden wins Best Hard Rock Performance for “Black Hole Sun” and Best Metal Performance for “Spoonman.”
1995 Ninety minutes into an R.E.M. concert in Lausane, Switzerland, drummer Bill Berry has to leave the stage. What he thought was a migraine turns out to be two aneurysms, and emergency surgery is ordered.
1995 At the Grammy Awards, Nirvana‘s Unplugged album wins Best Alternative Performance; Pearl Jam wins Best Hard Rock Performance for “Spin The Black Circle”; and Nine Inch Nails takes home Best Metal Performance for Happiness In Slavery.
2000 Social Distortion guitarist Dennis Danell dies of an apparent brain aneurysm at the age of 38.
2001 Eminem‘s wife Kimberly Mathers files for divorce from the rap star. They later remarry and divorce again.
2004 A Puddle Of Mudd concert scheduled for Minnesota State University is canceled as a result of frontman Wes Scantlin‘s disorderly conduct arrest the previous week in Ohio.
2004 The debut album from British glam band the Darkness, titled Permission To Land, is certified gold.
2005 Judas Priest releases Angel Of Retribution, their 15th studio album and first with original vocalist Rob Halford since 1990’s Painkiller.
2005 Slipknot performs on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien as an eight-piece after percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan is forced to miss the appearance when his wife falls ill.
2007 Korn makes its first-ever appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, performing an acoustic version of the song “Throw Me Away.”
- Ryan Peake (guitarist, Nickelback) (46)
- Justin Bieber (singer) (25)
- Kesha (singer) (32)
- Roger Daltrey (lead singer, the Who) (75)
- Lupita Nyong’o (first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar; 12 Years A Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther) (36)
- Jensen Ackles (actor, Supernatural) (41)
- Javier Bardem (Oscar-winning Spanish actor, No Country For Old Men, Before Night Falls, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Skyfall) (50)
- Tim Daly (actor, Wings, Pete on ABC’s Private Practice) (63)
- Ron Howard (actor-director, Happy Days, Splash, Cocoon, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, Rush, Solo: A Star Wars Story) (65)
- Catherine Bach (actress, The Dukes Of Hazzard) (65)
- Dirk Benedict (actor, Battlestar Galactica, The A-Team) (74)
- Harry Belafonte (actor, singer, activist) (92)
- Rob Affuso (drummer, Skid Row) (56)
And that’s what happened today in Rock ‘N’ Roll…