2004Green Day release the title track of their new album American Idiot as a single three weeks before the album is issued. Both the song and the album are wildly successful and highly acclaimed, with each nominated for multiple Grammy Awards (winning for Best Rock Album). American Idiot later becomes a successful stage musical.
1999Led by the hit single "Ready To Run," the Dixie Chicks release their second major-label album, Fly.More
1994R. Kelly, 27, marries 15-year-old Aaliyahat the Sheraton hotel in Rosemont, Illinois (her age on the marriage certificate is listed as 18). The marriage is annulled when Aaliyah's family finds out, and few details emerge as neither party will talk about it publicly. Kelly, who produced Aaliyah's debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, which was released before their wedding, tells GQ in 2016: "I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close."
1987MTV debuts Club MTV, their contemporary and far more lascivious version of American Bandstand.More
1971John Lennon leaves England to start a new life with his wife, Yoko, in New York City. He never returns to England.
2014Survivor lead singer Jimi Jamison dies from a heart attack aged 63.
2014The Raskins, who have paid $1 million to join Mötley Crüe on tour, are accosted by members of the headliner's road crew who come on stage and spray them with urine during their set at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, according to a lawsuit filed by the band.
2012Eddie Van Halen, of Van Halen lead-guitar fame, is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery on his digestive system. The surgery is to correct a severe bout of diverticulitis. He is expected to recover within six months. Tour dates with Van Halen are rescheduled.
2012Entertainer Max Bygraves dies after a battle with Alzheimer's disease in Hope Island, Queensland, Australia, at age 89.
2010Papa Roach release their first live album, Time for Annihilation. Alongside nine live tracks, the record contains five new studio tracks.
2001Aaliyah's funeral is held at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan, New York, six days after her death in a plane crash in The Bahamas. Hundreds of weeping fans march alongside the singer's casket, which is carried by a horse-drawn carriage to a private service with Gladys Knight, Lil' Kim, Sean Combs, Timbaland, and Missy Elliott in attendance. After the service, 22 doves are released in her memory, representing each year of her life.
1992Prince extends his contract with Warner Bros. in a deal reported as being worth $100 million, but worth far less in reality.More
1985The serial killer Richard Ramirez is captured in Los Angeles and later convicted for 13 murders. At one of the crime scenes, he left behind an AC/DC hat. The media dubbed him the "Night Stalker," and speculated that the band's song "Night Prowler" compelled him to kill, an assertion that is never substantiated, but unfairly links the killer to AC/DC, which is horrified by the association.
1980Karen Carpenter (of the Carpenters) marries her first and only husband, a California real estate developer named Thomas Burris. She files for divorce the following year.
1978The Grateful Dead perform "Shakedown Street" live for the first time ever at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.
1974The final Partridge Family episode airs on ABC, starring the musical family.
George Harrison Guilty Of "Subconscious Plagiarism"
George Harrison is found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism" in a bizarre lawsuit that leaves songwriters baffled.
A judge rules that Harrison's 1970 song "My Sweet Lord" is musically similar to "He's So Fine," a 1963 hit for the girl group The Chiffons, and orders him to pay nearly $1.6 million in damages.
The lawsuit was filed by Bright Tunes Music on February 10, 1971 as "My Sweet Lord" was falling down the charts. Bright Tunes is controlled by The Tokens, who set it up as part of their production company, which produced "He's So Fine" and owns the publishing rights. The song's writer, Ronnie Mack, died of cancer shortly after the song was released.
Harrison tried to settle the case, but Bright Tunes rejected the offer and the case was tried over three days in February 1976. After hearing all about musical motifs and chord progressions, the judge declares the songs "virtually identical," but admits Harrison didn't do it on purpose. Still, this "subconscious plagiarism" doesn't exonerate him, and he's on the hook.
Harrison mocks the case on "This Song," a track from his November 1976 album Thirty Three & 1/3. "This song... Don't infringe on anyone's copyright," he sings.
Frustrated and depleted from the case, Harrison doesn't release another album until 1979.
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Personal income. Los Angeles Police Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa failed to disclose income from a nonprofit she runs that received millions of dollars from the city to work with police on gang initiatives, records show.
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Deal reached. An agreement announced Friday would cap rent increases statewide at 5% plus inflation per year for the next decade, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office. Assembly Bill 1482 needs the approval of the Legislature in the next two weeks.
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Jackson's former 2,700-acre property boasts a French Normandy-style 12,598-square-foot main residence, two guest houses, a lake, a 50-seat movie theatre, a tennis court, a 14-foot lagoon-style pool, a barn, and a Disney-themed train station.
Jackson, who bought the property for $19.5 million in 1987, defaulted on a loan after financial hardships and entered Neverland into an ownership agreement with private investment firm Colony Capital in 2008 for $23 million, according to ABC News.
After millions of dollars in renovations, the 2,700-acre ranch boasts a main residence with five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, two guesthouses, a four-acre lake, a 50-seat movie theatre, a tennis court, a 14-foot lagoon-style pool, a dance studio, barns, and separate staff facilities.
For $31 million, the King of Pop's former home could be yours, although you'll have to pass "extensive prequalification," according to The Wall Street Journal. Here's what Sycamore Valley Ranch has to offer.
Welcome to Sycamore Valley Ranch, the former Neverland Ranch that once belonged to Michael Jackson. Jackson originally purchased the property for $19.5 million in 1987.
... and a Disney-themed train station. Jackson famously threw parties and held events at the ranch, including a 14th birthday party for Kim Kardashian, who called the ranch "the most magical place on earth."
But in 1993, Jackson and his home made headlines when child sexual abuse allegations were brought against him. He would go on to defend himself against more lawsuits over the next decade, which contributed to his mounting debt. By 2008, he faced foreclosure on Neverland Ranch.
There are a few possible reasons why Sycamore Valley Ranch hasn't sold yet.
According to Zillow real estate expert Brendon DeSimone, the property sits about 130 miles northeast of Los Angeles and five miles from Los Olivos, which is outside of the proliferation of highest-end homes.
That's not to say there isn't a chance for Jackson's former home to sell. It's typical for properties listed for more than $3 million in Santa Ynez Valley to be on the market for two to three years, Village Properties real estate broker Wayne S. Natale told Bloomberg.