March 5, 2009
2006 – Three 6 Mafia becomes the first African-American hip-hop group to win an Academy Award for best song and also became the first hip-hop artists to perform at the ceremony. The group wins for the song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.”
2004 – Guitarist John McGeoch of Magazine, PiL and Siouxsie & the Banshees dies in his sleep in London at the age of 48.
1994 – Former Jefferson Starship lead singer Grace Slick is arrested and charged with pointing a shotgun at police at her Tiburon, Calif., home.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” REO Speedwagon.
1983 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson.
1982 – Comedian John Belushi of the Blues Brothers dies in the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles of an overdose of cocaine and heroin. He is 33.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Have You Never Been Mellow,” Olivia Newton-John.
1971 – Led Zeppelin plays “Stairway to Heaven” for the first time in concert: Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1970 – John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers is born in Queens, N.Y.
1963 – Country star Patsy Cline dies at the age of 30 when her plane crashes near Camden, Tenn.
1962 – Identical twins Craig Reid and Charlie Reid of the Proclaimers are born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1958 – Singer Andy Gibb is born in Manchester, England.
1955 – Elvis Presley makes his first TV appearance on a show called “Louisiana Hayride.”
1948 – Reggae musician Eddy Grant is born in Plaisance, Guyana.