May 26, 2009

2008 – Rapper Xzibit’s two-week-old son, Xavier Kingston Joiner, dies from complications of premature birth.

2006 – Gwen Stefani of No Doubt and her husband, Gavin Rossdale of Bush, welcome their fist son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, born in Los Angeles.

2004 – Fantasia Barrino wins Season Three of “American Idol.”

1999 – British punk band Manic Street Preachers refuse to play a concert to mark the opening of Wales’ parliament because Queen Elizabeth II is present.

1999 – Backstreet Boys’ album “Millennium” sells 1.13 million units in its first week out, establishing a new SoundScan-era record for sales in a single week.

1994 – Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley secretly get married in the Dominican Republic. Elvis’ daughter files for a divorce 20 months later citing irreconcilable differences.

1980 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Funkytown,” Lipps, Inc.

1977 – KISS announces its Marvel Comic book debut and deposits band members’ blood in the comic book ink at the Marvel printing plant.

1974 – The crowd loses control at a London concert by teen heartthrob David Cassidy and stampedes. More than 1,000 people need medical treatment and a 14-year-old girl dies.

1970 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Everything Is Beautiful,” Ray Stevens.

1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono start their second week-long Bed-In for Peace, this one in Montreal, Canada. During this week, they write “Give Peace a Chance” with Timothy Leary, Tommy Smothers and Dick Gregory.

1968 – R&B singer Little Willie John dies of a heart attack at Washington State Prison in Walla Walla, Wash. He is 30.

1967 – Bass guitarist Kristen Pfaff of Hole is born near Buffalo, N.Y.

1964 – Lenny Kravitz is born in New York City.

1959 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Battle of New Orleans,” Johnny Horton.

1949 – Country musician Hank Williams and his wife, Audrey Shepard, welcome their first child, Hank Williams Jr. (Randall Hank Williams), born in Shreveport, La.

1948 – Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac is born in Phoenix, Ariz.

1946 – Guitarist Mick Ronson is born in Yorkshire, England.

1944 – Verden Allen of Mott the Hoople is born in Neath, Wales.

1940 – Levon Helm of the Band is born in Marvell, Ark.

1940 – Ray Ennis of Swinging Blue Jeans is born in Liverpool, England.

1933 – Country singer Jimmie Rodgers dies of a lung hemorrhage in New York City. He is 35.

1926 – Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is born in Alton, Ill.

1920 – Singer-actress Peggy Lee (Norma Deloris Egstrom) is born in Jamestown, N.D.

1909 – Blues musician “Papa Charlie” McCoy is born in Jackson, Miss.

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