2004An audience member hurls a lollipop on stage while David Bowie is performing in Oslo, Norway. The lollipop wedges itself in David Bowie's left eye (which already has an enlarged and frozen pupil following a childhood fight). Bowie halts the concert to remove the lollipop. Luckily, he escapes serious injury.
1948Folk artist Nick Drake is born in Rangoon, Burma. Raised in England, the mercurial and highly influential musician releases three albums before his death in 1974.
1996Comedic composer Vivian Ellis, known for the 1929 musical number "Spread A Little Happiness," popularly covered by Sting in 1982, dies at age 92.
1987Mötley Crüe begin their Girls, Girls, Girls tour with a show in Tucson, Arizona. The stage show features an inflatable Harley, lots of pyro, and a contraption that spins Tommy Lee and his drum kit upside down while he plays. Whitesnake is the opening act; later on the tour an new band called Guns N' Roses takes that slot.
Written with the help of "I Kissed a Girl" producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, along with frequent collaborator Bonnie McKee, Perry's West Coast summer anthem is an answer to Jay Z's New York City tribute "Empire State of Mind." California-born Snoop Dogg adds to the beachy vibe with his rap, "I wish they all could be California girls," a nod to the 1965 Beach Boys hit.
Landing at #1 in its fourth week on the charts, it ties a 43-year-old record for the fastest rise to the top of the charts by a Capitol Records artist, a feat first made by Bobbie Gentry in 1967 with "Ode To Billie Joe." That's nothing compared to what happens next. Perry continues her hot streak with four more #1 singles: "Teenage Dream," "Firework," "E.T.," and "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." Not since Michael Jackson's Bad(1987) has an album spawned five #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.