May 23, 2009

2008 – Veteran rapper Ricky “Slick Rick” Walters receives a full pardon from New York’s Gov. David Paterson for the attempted murders of two men in 1991, ending a long legal saga.

2006 – Jordin Sparks wins Season Six of “American Idol.”

2000 – Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins announces that the Seattle-based rock group will officially break up at year’s end. Corgan claims that he and his bandmates are tired of “fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world.”

1979 – Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

1978 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off their first major arena tour in Buffalo, N.Y

1975 – “Moms” Mabley dies at the age of 78.

1974 – Singer-songwriter Jewel is born in Payson, Utah.

1971 – Iron Butterfly breaks up.

1970 – The Grateful Dead gives its first performance outside the U.S., a four-hour set at the Hollywood Rock Festival in the U.K.

1969 – The Who releases rock opera “Tommy,” which features hit song “Pinball Wizard.”

1967 – Drummer Phil Selway of Radiohead is born in Berkshire, England.

1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Help Me Rhonda,” the Beach Boys.

1945 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sentimental Journey,” Les Brown Orchestra/Doris Day.

1928 – Singer Rosemary Clooney is born in Maysville, Ky.