2006Chris Daughtry gets voted off Season 5 of American Idol in a shocker, as he is favored to win. He finishes fourth, as Taylor Hicks claims the victory.
1994Weezer releases their self-titled debut (aka The Blue Album).
1991Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys gets a signature look when he loses his right eye after being shot by his girlfriend.
1986Paul Simon plays three songs from his upcoming Graceland album on Saturday Night Live. He's backed by South African musicians, including the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who perform with him on "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes." With South Africa under a cultural boycott in an attempt to stop Apartheid, its music is sequestered. Simon's appearance with musicians from the country and the subsequent album introduce the sound to a global audience, but also cause problems for Simon when he faces criticism for violating the boycott.
1975Stevie Wonder headlines the fourth annual "Human Kindness Day" festival in Washington, DC. Belying the name of the festival, many in the estimated crowd of 125,000 turn violent, and hundreds of robberies and assaults are reported.
1960Paul Hewson is born in Dublin. He shortens his nickname from Bono Vox (Latin for "good voice") to simply Bono and fronts the band U2.
1899Fred Astaire is born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska. After appearing with his sister Adele on the Broadway stage, he becomes a Hollywood star.
2016Justin Timberlake performs his new single "Can't Stop the Feeling" in the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest as the show is broadcast in America for the first time. His appearance in Stockholm, Sweden, leads to speculation that the USA will be invited to enter the song competition, following the successful addition of Australia to the line-up in 2015.
2011Norma Zimmer, The Lawrence Welk Show's longtime "Champagne Lady," dies at age 87.
2010In tribute to the recently deceased Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, Jose Feliciano performs the US national anthembefore the Tigers/Yankees game at Tiger Stadium. In 1968, Harwell had Feliciano sing the anthem before a Tigers World Series game, and the 23-year-old blind Puerto Rican singer responded by playing the first non-traditional rendition of the song at a major sporting event. He and Harwell took a lot of heat, but in later years, it became common for singers to put their own spin on the song.
2006T.I. is arrested and jailed in Georgia for failing to fulfill the conditions of his probation. In 2003, the rapper was involved in an altercation with security officers at a Florida mall. He was taken into custody for striking an officer. After pleading guilty to battery, T.I. was sentenced to complete community service. Three years later, the rapper was taken back into custody for not completing the required number of hours set by his parole agreement.
2005British soul and R&B singer Seal marries celebrity model Heidi Klum. The couple had been dating since 2004, when Klum gave birth to her daughter Leni, sired by her previous boyfriend; Seal was present at the birth and Klum announced that Seal would adopt Leni as her father. The couple have three biological children together before their divorce in 2012.
Shel Silverstein, the prolific author of beloved children's books who was also a top songwriter, dies of a massive heart attack at age 68. He wrote "A Boy Named Sue" for Johnny Cash.
Chicago-born Silverstein rose to prominence during the mid-'50s as a cartoonist for Playboymagazine, traveling around the world and illustrating his exploits in the popular feature "Shel Silverstein visits..." A self-taught artist and poet, he developed a quirky style that amused adults and delighted children. With the whimsy of Dr. Seuss and a touch of Edward Lear-like macabre, Silverstein's collections of children's poems, notably Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) and A Light In The Attic (1981), became beloved classics, along with his picture book The Giving Tree (1964), about a tree that sacrifices itself for the comfort and care of a growing boy. As a playwright, he also added over 100 one-act plays to his resume.
All the while, he was channeling his offbeat sensibilities into another art form: music. Working mostly in the country genre as a singer-songwriter, he penned tunes for Loretta Lynn ("One's On The Way"), Bobby Bare ("The Mermaid"), Johnny Cash, and the Southern rock band Dr. Hook ("The Cover of 'Rolling Stone'"). The crossover Cash hit "A Boy Named Sue" earned the songwriter a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1970 - a bright spot in a tragic decade for Silverstein. His first wife, Susan Taylor Hastings, died in 1975 and their daughter, 11-year-old Shoshanna, died of a cerebral aneurysm in 1982.
At the time of his death from a heart attack, he is survived by his second wife, Sarah Spencer, and their son, Matthew. In 2002, Silverstein is remembered for his contribution to music when he's inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. (photo: Larry Moyer)