May 16, 2009

2000 – Britney Spears’ second album, “Oops!… I Did It Again” sells 1.3 million copies in its debut week, setting a new record for highest debut by a female artist.

2000 – The Artist Formerly Known As Prince announces that he will start using his name again.

1993 – R&B and soul singer Marv Johnson dies of a stroke in Columbia, S.C., at the age of 54.

1990 – Sammy Davis Jr. dies in his Beverly Hills, Calif., home after a long battle with throat cancer.

1986 – Caitlin O’Riordan of the Pogues marries Elvis Costello in Dublin, Ireland.

1983 – Michael Jackson premiers his “moonwalk” dance move on the previously taped TV special “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever.”

1976 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Silly Love Songs,” Wings.

1970 – Randy Bachman leaves the Guess Who to start Bachman-Turner Overdrive.

1968 – Ralph Tresvant of New Edition is born.

1966 – Janet Jackson is born in Gary, Ind.

1965 – Krist Novoselic of Nirvana is born in Compton, Calif.

1963 – Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving You” wins Grammy as best R&B recording.

1959 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Kansas City,” Wilbert Harrison.

1953 – Richard Page of Mr. Mister is born in Keokuk, Iowa.

1951 – Jonathan Richman of the Modern Lovers is born in Natick, Mass.

1947 – Barbara Lee of the Chiffons is born in the Bronx, N.Y.

1946 – Robert Fripp of King Crimson is born in Dorset, England.

1929 – Jazz singer Betty Carter (Lillie Mae Jones) is born in Flint, Mich.

1919 – Liberace (Wladziu Valentino Liberace) is born in West Allis, Wis.