2005 – Seven years after his death, rap legend 2Pac has the first U.K. No. 1 single of his career, as “Ghetto Gospel” featuring Elton John debuts at the top.
2003 – 50 Cent and B2K cash in as the big winners at the third annual BET Awards. Each took two honors home from the three-hour event, hosted by actress/comedian Monique at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and broadcast live on BET. 50 Cent won the best male hip-hop artist and best new artist awards. Along with the best group honor, B2K won the Viewer’s Choice award for “Bump Bump Bump” featuring P. Diddy.
1999 – Sugar Ray kicks off the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games with a performance during the Opening Ceremonies.
1998 – Italian director Stefano Salvati sues Madonna, claiming that her “Ray of Light” video is stolen from a clip he shot in 1994 for local pop star Biagio Antonacci.
1998 – Marcy Playground debuts the video for its current single, “Saint Joe On The Schoolbus,” on the Web. The clip, directed by British production team Hammer and Tongs, premieres on Capitol Records’ Web site.
1998 – D.O.A. (Dancemusic Organization of America) hosts a party to promote dance music in America. Artists performing at New York’s Webster Hall include: Cynthia, Kimara Lovelace, Juzt Two Bros. with Wepa Man, MARINA, and Harlan and DJing by Glenn Frisoia, Tony B & Orlando, Eddie Baez, Brutal Bill, Philippe Snoy and Phoenix.
1988 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Dirty Diana,” Michael Jackson.
1977 – Elvis Presley’s final concert. Market Square Arena, Indianapolis.
1967 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Windy,” The Association.
1963 – George Michael (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) of Wham! is born in Finchley, London. He scores his biggest hit as a solo artist in 1987 with “Faith,” a million-selling No. 1 song.
1947 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba,” Perry Como.