2001 – Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard is sentenced in a Queens, N.Y., courtroom to two to four years in prison after having pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in April.
1999 – Haroon Shamsher, who with his brother Farook, was the mainstay of Joi, a leading British-Asian fusion group and sound system, dies of a heart attack. He is 33.
1999 – Radney Foster becomes a new dad. The Arista Austin recording artist and former member of Foster & Lloyd and his wife, Cyndi Hoezle are the parents of baby boy, Jackson Butterfield Foster.
1999 – BBC Radio 1 hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood is shot in a drive-by shooting in London. He is reported in stable condition the following day.
1998 – The late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin – famed for donating half his concert proceeds to causes such as hunger relief – continues his humanitarian efforts through the Harry Chapin Tribute Concert. The concert features members of Chapin’s original band. Attendants are asked to bring donations of nonperishable foods.
1995 – The oldest known musical instrument in the world is found in the Indrijca River Valley in Slovenia. The 45,000 year-old relic, a crude wind instrument, is a bear bone with four artificial holes along its length.
1995 – Selena’s “Dreaming of You,” a posthumous album by the slain Tejano star, is released. It is the fastest-selling album by a female artist in pop history, with 175,000 copies purchased its first day.
1992 – Singer Whitney Houston and rapper Bobby Brown marry at Houston’s mansion in Mendham Township, N.J. Among the guests are Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Gloria Estefan and Dick Clark.
1988 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hold on to the Nights,” Richard Marx.
1977 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Looks Like We Made It,” Barry Manilow.
1972 – Boston Mayor Kevin White helps get Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones out of jail in Warwick, R.I., so they can make their performance at the Boston Garden. The two were arrested for getting into a scuffle with a Providence, R.I., photographer.
1941 – Martha Reeves is born in Alabama. Her group Martha & the Vandellas has six top 10 songs. Their biggest hit is “Dancing in the Street,” a No. 2 song in 1964.
1939 – Singer Dion (Dion DiMucci) is born in the Bronx, N.Y. He records with the Belmonts until 1960. They have two top five hits: “A Teenager in Love” and “Where or When.” His biggest solo hit is “Runaround Sue,” a No. 1 song for two weeks in 1961.