2003 – Tragedy strikes at a Great White show at West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub The Station when a pyrotechnic ignites soundproofing foam around the stage. The fire quickly spreads, killing 97 and injuring 187. One of those killed is identified as Great White guitarist Ty Longley.
2003 – Although he isn’t in attendance, rap star Eminem picks up two Brit Awards _ for international album and international male solo artist. Pink takes the award for international female solo artist, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are named best international group, and Norah Jones is named international breakthrough artist.
1999 – Trace Adkins plays his first concert since breaking his ankle and undergoing surgery for tendon damage. Adkins ignores doctors’ warnings to remain seated and walks around the stage so fans throughout the venue can get a good look at him.
1996 – Composer Toru Takemitsu dies at the age of 66.
1993 – Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” from the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” tops Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for the 14th week, displacing “End of the Road” from Boyz II Men as the longest-running No. 1 song of the rock era. The song is displaced the following week by “A Whole New World” from the movie “Aladdin.” In 1995, Boyz II Men ties Houston’s record with “I’ll Make Love to You.”
1992 – Singer Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez announce their engagement. It is the first marriage for both.
1991 – Quincy Jones wins six Grammys, including album of the year, for “Back on the Block.” He has won more Grammy Awards than any other individual in pop music.
1981 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton. The single is the title song to the film starring Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
1976 – Four sets of Kiss footprints are placed in the sidewalk outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
1967 – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is born.
1966 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” Nancy Sinatra. The singer is the oldest of Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s three children.
1951 – Randy California (Randy Wolfe) of Spirit is born in Los Angeles.
1946 – Jerome Geils is born in New York City. The J. Geils Band’s biggest hit is the million-selling song “Centerfold,” which tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for six weeks in 1982.
1939 – Barbara Ellis of the Fleetwoods is born in Olympia, Wash.