Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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2018The RIAA certifies the Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 at 38 million units, making it the best-selling album of all-time in America, besting Michael Jackson's Thriller by 5 million (another Eagles album, Hotel California, is third with 26 million). Worldwide, Thriller is by far the biggest selling album.
2016Former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts is found dead in a Wisconsin hotel room at age 38, presumably from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
2016Tom Searle of the band Architects dies of skin cancer at age 28.
2012Edgy alt band Green Day continues its hip appeal by partnering with the smash hit video game "Angry Birds." A special 10-level edition of the game, featuring Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool as green pigs, is launched by video game maker Rovio and players can even unlock a new Green Day song from the tenth level of the game.
2011Jazz singer Ross Barbour (of The Four Freshmen) dies of cancer in Simi Valley, California, at age 82.
2009Keyboardist/bassist Larry Knechtel (of Bread) dies of a heart attack in Yakima, Washington, at age 69.
2005On what would have been Phil Lynott's 56th birthday, a concert is held in Dublin featuring Thin Lizzy members Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. Eric Bell, the original lead guitarist with Thin Lizzy, and Gary Moore share the lead on the classic "Whiskey In The Jar."
1992Demi Lovato is born in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1991Spin Doctors release their debut album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite.More
1990Prince releases his album Graffiti Bridge, which contains the tracks "Thieves In The Temple" and "New Power Generation."More
1988Soundgarden play Capitol Lake Park in Olympia, Washington as part of Capitol Lake Jam. Also on the bill: Nirvana.
1987Lindsey Buckingham, who helped turn Fleetwood Mac into one of the biggest-selling groups of the '70s, leaves the group after refusing to tour behind its latest album, Tango In The Night.
1987Metallica play a secret show at The 100 Club in London. Two days later, they play Donington Park at Castle Donington as part of the massive Monsters of Rock Festival, headlined by Bon Jovi.
1981Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott appears at Kingston Crown Court where he is fined £200 for possessing cocaine.
1979Rod Stewart and his first wife, Alana Hamilton, have a baby girl. Kimberly Stewart grows up to become an actress and model.
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Golden Record Goes Into Space

The Voyager 2 space probe is launched, carrying with it a "Golden Record" of sounds and images representing Earth.

Along with greetings in 55 languages, traditional songs from around the world are included, as well as pieces from Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Representing rock is Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode."

On the cover contains instructions on how to play the record, and a stylus is included along with it. This shows what direction it should spin, and that it should start from the outside. Binary arithmetic indicates the speed at which it should be played: 3.6 seconds per one rotation.

The record is curated by astronomer Carl Sagan, who includes greetings in 55 different languages, a selection of encoded images, and lots of music. In addition to the classical composers, there are bagpipes from Azerbaijan, a Navajo chant, and a wedding song from Peru.

On September 5, the Voyager 1 probe (yes, they launched out of order) goes into space with a copy of the Golden Record. The crafts travel billions of miles, but have yet to find intelligent life.

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