May 31, 2009

2000 – Latin bandleader Tito Puente dies in a New York hospital as a result of complications from open-heart surgery. He is 77.

2000 – Singer Johnnie Taylor dies of a heart attack in Dallas. He is 66.

1998 – Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell confirms her departure from The Spice Girls, citing differences between herself and her band mates.

1996 – Elsbeary Hobbs of the Drifters dies of throat and lung cancer at Veterans Hospital in Manhattan at the age of 59.

1993 – Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea Hurley welcome their first child in Red Bank, N.J. They name her Stephanie Rose.

1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” Kim Wilde.

1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I’ll Take You There,” the Staple Singers.

1964 – Dave Clark Five makes the first of 12 appearance on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.”

1964 – Darryl McDaniels of Run D.M.C. is born in New York City.

1962 – Musician Corey Hart is born in Montreal, Canada.

1957 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Love Letters in the Sand,” Pat Boone.

1954 – Disco singer Vicki Sue Robinson is born in Harlem, N.Y.

1948 – John Bonham of Led Zeppelin is born in Worcestershire, England.

1944 – Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople and Bad Company is born in Herefordshire, England.

1938 – Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary is born in New York City.

1930 – Actor, director, musician Clint Eastwood is born in San Francisco, Calif.