1999Backstreet Boys' album Millennium sells 1.13 million units in its first week, establishing a new SoundScan-era record for sales in a single week.
1996Firemen arrive at the burning home of Eric Clapton to find the guitarist running in and out of the home to save his guitar collection. The house is gutted, with about three million dollars in damage.
1977Rock sensations and serial marketers Kissprovide Marvel Comics with a vial of their blood to be mixed with the red ink used to print their upcoming comic book. The photo op takes place at the printing plant in Depew, New York, where the comic will be made.
1974An overenthusiastic crowd at a David Cassidy concert in London rushes the stage, injuring a thousand screaming fans and crushing 14-year-old Bernadette Whelan, who dies from her injuries four days later. A distraught Cassidy refuses to tour for the next eleven years.
2004Days after touching down in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to film a documentary on the war-torn country, Sum 41 are forced to evacuate from their hotel in Bukavu after serious fighting erupts. They are rescued by UN peacekeeper Chuck Pelletier. Sum 41 would go on to name their third studio album Chuck in honor of Pelletier.
Michael Jackson marries Lisa Marie Presley, the child of Elvis, in a secret ceremony held in the Dominican Republic. The couple divorce 20 months later, citing irreconcilable differences.
The news of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley's marriage is the latest in a long line of shocking headlines surrounding the King of Pop. While embroiled in his first sexual abuse scandal that erupted the previous summer, regarding 13-year-old Jordan Chandler, Jackson turned to Lisa Marie for support. Having met occasionally as kids, the two reconnected as adults and became fast friends. Believing wholeheartedly in his innocence, she sticks close to his side and a romance blossoms. She is still legally married to first husband, musician Danny Keough, when Jackson proposes to her over the phone in the fall of 1993. The wedding is a quickie, no frills civil ceremony that is sealed with a kiss on the cheek – a precursor to the awkward lip-lock they share onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards a few months later.
The tabloids aren't buying the nuptials, claiming the whole marriage is a publicity ploy to clean-up Jackson's tarnished image and promote his forthcoming HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album. Indeed Lisa Marie, who begrudgingly appears topless alongside her husband in the video for "You Are Not Alone," feels like a cog in the Jackson machine. She files for divorce in 1996.