2006 – Sonic Youth kicks off its summer tour by cramming onto the stage at New York’s famed CBGB, hours after the release of its newest album, “Rather Ripped.”
2005 – Canada’s largest specialist music retailer HMV Canada pulls all of Alanis Morissette’s products from its shelves in protest to a North American deal that gives Starbucks six-weeks exclusive rights to sell Morissette’s new Maverick album, an acoustic re-issue of her 1995 hit “Jagged Little Pill.”
2005 – Pop superstar Michael Jackson is found not guilty on all counts of his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Calif. Jackson, 46, had been charged with molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor in 2003, serving him wine and conspiring to hold the boy and his family hostage at his Neverland estate in order to get them to rebut a television documentary.
2003 – Venezuelan salsa star Oscar D’Leon suffers a heart attack during a show on the Caribbean island of Martinique. D’Leon, who turns 60 the following month, is one of the seminal vocalists in contemporary salsa, known for his dynamic stage shows. According to his label, Universal Music Latino, D’Leon fell ill while performing and went backstage. He was subsequently taken to a local hospital, where he remained in stable condition.
2002 – As part of Barry Manilow’s induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Trisha Yearwood sings Manilow’s hit “Could It Be Magic.”
2001 – Chris LeDoux makes his first TV appearance since undergoing a liver transplant the previous October.
2001 – Vince Gill receives Country Weekly magazine’s Career Achievement Award during the TNN & CMT Country Music Awards. The honor goes to a living country artist whose career has lasted 15 years or more and whose songs and performances have made a lasting contribution to the tradition and heritage of country music.
2000 – Rapper Black Rob (Robert Ross) surrenders to authorities in New York and is charged with the felony of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. The charges stem from a May 21 arrest for weapons possession. Ross is arrested when he stops his car in Manhattan to sign an autograph, and nearby police officers see him pass a pistol to a passenger in the car.
2000 – Gordon “Sting” Sumner files a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the rights to the domain name www.sting.com, alleging that a Marietta, Ga.-based man had registered the URL and offered to sell it back to him for $25,000.
1998 – Lightning strikes more than twice at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington – to disastrous effect. Numerous people in the huge crowd are injured and the multi-act show is halted as heavy rain pours down on RFK Stadium. A 25-year-old woman is the most seriously injured from the lightning strikes.
1995 – Country star Ty Herndon is arrested by an undercover cop on a charge of drug possession – 90 minutes before he is to perform at a Texas police convention. He pleads guilty.
1986 – Big band leader Benny Goodman dies of a heart attack at the age of 77. Goodman is given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for launching the big band era, encouraging future jazz stars and dissolving racial barriers by featuring black musicians in his band.
1984 – The Jacksons’ “State of Shock,” with Mick Jagger doing guest vocals, is released. The million-seller reaches No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1975 – John Lennon makes his last TV appearance to sing “Imagine.” He retires soon after to become a househusband and raise his son Sean.
1972 – Clyde McPhatter, the first lead singer of the Drifters, dies at the age of 38. He leaves the group before it hits it big.