2016Kanye West debuts the video for "Famous," which shows West in bed with nude likenesses of his wife Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Rihanna, and other celebrities and associates. West appears next to a likeness of Taylor Swift, who is derisively mentioned in the lyrics, "I made that bitch famous." West calls the video "a comment on fame."
2011Beyoncé releases 4. It's her fourth album; the title also references her favorite number, as she was born on September 4 and married on April 4.
2003Beyoncé releases her first solo album, Dangerously in Love. The standout track is "Crazy In Love," which features her boyfriend, Jay-Z.
1966The final Beatles world tour begins in Munich. Moving forward, they concentrate on studio efforts, resulting in the landmark album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
2014A copy of Caustic Window, an album by Richard James (aka Aphex Twin) that was abandoned after test-pressing allegedly only five copies, sells for $46,300 on eBay. The winner is Markus Persson, creator of video game Minecraft.
2010JoJo Billingsley (backing vocalist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) dies of cancer at age 58.
2008A blogger who had thought it would be a good idea to leak some finished tracks from Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy receives a visit from the FBI and a cease-and-desist letter.
2004Doris Day receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
2000Kiss auction off $888,000 worth of costumes, instruments and tour memorabilia, including Gene Simmons' Psycho Circus tourwear (including codpiece), which goes for $32,200.
It's one of the first "no nukes" rallies where musicians get involved, and it leads to a more organized effort: Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE), which also involves Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor.
The Seabrook plant is built, but efforts to build more are thwarted, as opposition to nuclear power becomes more vociferous.
1973Blues Project reunite for a concert in Central Park.
1971Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller is released to theaters. Altman loves Leonard Cohen's work, and the soundtrack for this "anti-western" leans heavily on three songs from Songs of Leonard Cohen. On the merits of his film Brewster McCloud, which Cohen had seen and loved, Altman sold Cohen on the project and even convinced the "prince of pessimism" to create some new music for the film.
Billy Joel graduates! He finally gets his high school diploma from Hicksville High School in Long Island, New York. He didn't graduate with his class in 1967 because of a missed English credit.
Joel, 43, was supposed to graduate 25 years earlier in 1967, but he was busy doing musician stuff (like playing on the "Leader of the Pack" sessions), and missed a crucial English exam when he overslept.
Despite coming up a credit short in English, he demonstrates good command of the language, with well-constructed lyrics like:
Holding you close is like holding the summer sun I'm warm from the memory of days to come ("This Is The Time" - a popular song at graduations)
Unlike the honorary degrees Joel gets from Fairfield University, Berklee College of Music, Hofstra University, Southampton College and Syracuse University, he actually has to work for this one, as Hicksville High makes him send in samples of his work to fulfill the requirements. With his work deemed satisfactory, he puts on a gown and joins the 305 members of the class of '92 at the graduation ceremony where he receives his diploma.
Joel speaks at the ceremony: "Well, here I am, Mom. I'm actually going to get my high school diploma, and it's only 25 years after everyone else got theirs. But Mom, don't worry. I can finally pull myself out of this dead-end job I have and start working on a career with a real future."
He goes on to offer some advice to his fellow classmates: "Don't rush blindly into some convenient job that you will hate in a few years. Don't make a lot of logical, tidy, sensible plans right away. Why not kick back for a few weeks and give yourselves a long, sweet summer of love?"