2006 - The Japanese government names female pop duo Puffy as goodwill ambassadors to the United States. The act, comprised of Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, fronts an initiative to encourage Americans
2006 - The Japanese government names female pop duo Puffy as goodwill ambassadors to the United States. The act, comprised of Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura, fronts an initiative to encourage Americans to visit Japan.
2002 - Dido finds her nomination for a best British newcomer Brit Award revoked after officials realize she isn't that new after all. The singer's song "Thank You" was made famous as the backing track to Eminem's "Stan," and Dido (Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong) had been nominated for best female artist the previous year.
2002 - Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard), the flamboyant pop singer who scored hits in the 1980s, is committed to a London Psychiatric hospital after being arrested for firearms offenses.
1999 - Legendary Los Angeles nightclub the Whisky A Go-Go begins a weeklong slate of concerts to mark its 35th anniversary. The concerts feature acts who have previously played the venue. Included in the festivities are the Grass Roots, the Robby Krieger Band, Johnny Rivers, Nancy Sinatra, Randy Bachman, Jan & Dean, and Martha Reeves.
1999 - Trisha Yearwood gets a special proposal on the same stage where she was married in 1994. After Yearwood, making a guest appearance on the historic Ryman Auditorium stage, finishes her first song, Grand Ole Opry member and segment host Ricky Skaggs invites her to become the 71st member of the Opry cast. She quickly accepts.
1999 - Ol' Dirty Bastard, the oft-busted rapper, pleads not guilty to charges of attempted murder in the first degree, attempted murder in the second degree and two counts of criminal weapons possession. Police say he fired at undercover cops, then fled in his SUV after he was stopped for a traffic violation on a Brooklyn street. Police can't find the gun.
1998 - The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah cancels the premiere of Nick Broomfield's documentary "Kurt and Courtney," about late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain and his widow, Courtney Love. A statement issued by the festival says that the film is yanked due to "unresolved legal matters between the filmmaker and others - including uncleared music rights."
1996 - Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th Vegas show. Newton had already performed more shows as a headliner on Las Vegas' famed Strip than any other entertainer in the city's history. He first headlined on the Strip at the Fremont Hotel in 1959.
1995 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "On Bended Knee," Boyz II Men.
1983 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Down Under,'' Men at Work. The song holds at No. 1 for three weeks, drops behind Toto's ``Africa,'' then reclaims the top spot for one week.
1979 - Cher and Greg Allman are divorced.
1976 - ``Donny & Marie,'' a one-hour music variety show, premieres on ABC-TV.
1970 - Police close an exhibition of John Lennon's lithographs at a London gallery for alleged obscenity.
1959 - Sade Adu (Helen Folasade Adu) is born in Ibadan, Nigeria.
1957 - Arturo Toscanini dies of natural causes. Age 89.
1928 - Singer Pilar Lorengar is born Pilar Loranza Garcia.
1902 - Composer Evelyn Levine is born.