1998 – Bobby Brown turns himself in on an arrest warrant issued after a report that he was drunk when he surrendered earlier in the year to serve time for drunken driving. An upset judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., releases Brown on $2,500 bail, but says he is losing patience.
1998 – Spice Girls fans receive an early present when Virgin Records posts the video to the group’s newest single, “Goodbye,” on the Internet at www.virginrecords.com/spicevideo. Visitors are able to see the clip in its entirety, as well as access backstage interviews and snippets from the Girls’ “Live At Wembley” longform video.
1998 – Superstar Tejano group La Mafia announces its retirement after a 20-year career and two Grammys. The Houston sextet, signed to Sony Discos, also announces plans for a farewell album and a yearlong tour in 1999.
1997 – Janet Jackson wins an injunction against Eric Leon Christian, who she claims had been harassing her.
1997 – The newest album by Pearl Jam, “Yield” is prematurely leaked in full by a broadcast from Syracuse, N.Y. radio station WKRL.
1995 – Madonna takes home the award for most fashionable artist at music channel VH1’s inaugural Fashion & Music Awards. She also grabs VH1’s Viewers’ Choice award for displaying “consistently outstanding” style.
1986 – A lawsuit is filed against the group Judas Priest and CBS Records, alleging two fans shot themselves after listening to the band’s music for six hours.
1979 – Eleven audience members are trampled to death at a concert headlined by the Who at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati. It is drummer Kenney Jones’ first tour with the Who. Drummer Keith Moon died three months before.
1977 – “Mull of Kintyre” by Wings, led by Paul McCartney, becomes McCartney’s first post-Beatles No. 1 single in Britain. The bagpipe-accompanied song becomes Britain’s best selling single, eclipsing The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
1971 – Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns down during a Frank Zappa gig. Ian Gillan, vocalist of Deep Purple, who was recording in close proximity, is inspired to write the classic “Smoke On The Water” about the incident.
1966 – Ray Charles is convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana, given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000.
1956 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Singing the Blues,” Guy Mitchell. It stays at No. 1 for 10 weeks. The song is a pop version of country singer Marty Robbins’ song.
1948 – Ozzy Osbourne is born in Birmingham, England. His biggest pop hit is “Close My Eyes Forever,” a million-selling No. 8 duet with Lita Ford.
1940 – John Cale of Velvet Underground is born in Garnat, Wales.