2006 – Apple Computer launches a new mini-store within the U.S. version of the iTunes Music Store dedicated to Latin music and entertainment. iTunes Latino features top Latin music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks and podcasts.
2004 – EMI pays tribute to Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who celebrates 50 years recording for the company. In a rare appearance at a private party at EMI’s London headquarters, Rostropovich is presented with a golden Neumann microphone and a plaque commemorating the 100 recordings he has made with the company since 1954
2003 – After a dozen years as a successful country singer, Tracy Byrd’s career finally gets cooking, as he serves his fans in a whole new way. Byrd launches a line of spices, rubs and marinades bearing his name and likeness. The products, which will be sold under the brand name Tracy Byrd’s Tiny Town Products are available in 1,350 Wal-Mart stores.
2000 – Ben Folds Five announces that they are calling it quits. Solo works by Folds are expected.
1999 – Mjuice.com lands an exclusive download of the new Third Eye Blind single “Anything,” from the band’s current album “Blue.” Fans obtain the free track, which times-out three weeks later, using a secured MP3 player.
1999 – Celine Dion is inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame during the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Gold Ribbon Awards gala in Montreal. Dion joins Bryan Adams and Anne Murray for the accolade.
1998 – Madonna is on hand to present director Alan Parker with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Director’s Guild of Great Britain aboard a boat on the river Thames in London.
1994 – Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged” performance is released as “MTV Unplugged in New York.” Two tracks not aired on the MTV Broadcast appear on the album.
1993 – Rapper Flavor Flav of the group Public Enemy is arrested for allegedly trying to shoot another man in a dispute over a woman. Police charge the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, with attempted murder, possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run),” Billy Ocean. The song is first released as “European Queen” in the U.K.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” Stevie Wonder. The Jackson Five sing backup vocals on the song.
1968 – Alex James of Blur is born.
1962 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “He’s a Rebel,” The Crystals. The actual singers on the record aren’t the Crystals, but a trio of backing singers known as the Blossoms.
1946 – Rick Grech of Blind Faith is born.