May 17, 2009

2008 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Hard Candy,” Madonna.

2008 – A pregnant Ashlee Simpson marries Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy in the backyard of her parents’ home in Encino, Calif.

1992 – Bandleader Lawrence Welk dies in Santa Monica, Calif., of pneumonia at age 89.

1983 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Let’s Dance,” David Bowie.

1980 – Peter Criss leaves KISS to start a solo career.

1976 – Kandi Burruss of Xscape is born in Atlanta.

1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Streak,” Ray Stevens.

1973 – Joshua Homme of Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age is born in Joshua Tree, Calif.

1970 – Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block is born in Dorchester, Mass.

1965 – Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is born in Mercer, Penn.

1963 – Joan Baez headlines the first Monterey Folk Festival in California.

1961 – Singer-songwriter Enya (Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin) is born in Donegal, Ireland.

1949 – Bill Bruford of Yes and King Crimson is born in Kent, England.

1948 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Nature Boy,” Nat King Cole.

1944 – Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester is born in Shreveport, La.

1921 – Songwriter Bob Merrill (Henry Levan) is born in Atlantic City, N.J.