2003 – The Recording Industry Association of America announces the filing of more than 250 copyright-infringement suits against individual peer-to-peer network users accused of trading massive amounts of copyrighted music. At the same time, the trade group confirms its amnesty program that will let individual online infringers off the hook if they change their ways.
2003 – With four honors, Shania Twain is the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, presented at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. Twain wins for top female, top album and top-selling album for “Up!” (Mercury Nashville) and top video for “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”
2003 – Pete Doherty, estranged from rising British rock act the Libertines, is sentenced to six months in jail after admitting to robbing a bandmate’s home. He is released a month later.
2001 – Alan Jackson and his wife, Denise, lead 2,300 motorcyclists on a charity ride in Nashville. Jackson is grand marshal for Rolling Titan Thunder 3, benefiting the Chris Sanders Foundation for the homeless and the veteran’s group Operation Stand Down.
1999 – Bad Boy Entertainment mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs pleads guilty to reduced assault charges in New York Criminal Court and is sentenced to a one-day anger management class. Combs had been facing up to seven years in prison for assaulting Interscope Records executive Steve Stoute.
1999 – To promote Apple/EMI’s Sept. 14 release of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” album, a Eurostar cross-Channel train custom-designed with artwork from the animated film leaves London’s Waterloo Station at 11:57 a.m. GMT for Paris.
1998 – Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell proclaims the week of Sept. 8-13 as “Garth Brooks Week” during a formal ceremony at the First Union Center, and presents Brooks with a personalized replica of the Liberty Bell.
1998 – Virgin Publishing releases the “1,000 Greatest Albums Of All Time.” Beatles albums take four out of the top five spots: “Revolver” tops the list, followed by “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “The Beatles” (known as the White Album), with “Abbey Road at No. 5. Only Nirvana’s “Nevermind” which nabs the fourth spot, breaks the Fab Four’s dominance.
1996 – In a second round of emergency operations, rapper Tupac Shakur has his right lung removed at University Medical Center near Las Vegas, Nevada. Shakur was shot four times in a drive-by ambush the night before.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I Shot the Sheriff,” Eric Clapton. The song is a remake of Jamaican Bob Marley’s reggae version.
1960 – David Steele of Fine Young Cannibals is born.
1952 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “You Belong to Me,” Jo Stafford.
1946 – Freddie Mercury of Queen is born in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
1932 – Country & western singer Patsy Cline is born Virginia Hensley in Winchester, Va. Her songs “I Fall to Pieces” and “She’s Got You” reach No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart. She dies in a 1963 plane crash.