2002 – Alicia Keys is the big winner at the second annual Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, walking away with four honors from the event staged at Miami’s Billboardlive. In addition to top new R&B/hip/hop artist, the songstress earns kudos for top R&B/hip-hop album and top R&B/hip-hop albums artist for her debut, “Songs in A Minor,” and top R&B/hip-hop artist female.
1999 – Bob Herbert, who formed the Spice Girls and teen group Five, dies in a car accident in London. He is 57.
1995 – Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia dies of a heart attack at a drug treatment center in San Francisco. He is 53. The Grateful Dead came out of the 1960s San Francisco counterculture scene. The band is best known for its devoted “Dead Head” fans and the Woodstock-style atmosphere of its sold-out concerts.
1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2. The album “The Joshua Tree” is U2’s first top 10 album in the U.S.
1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Three Times a Lady,” Commodores. Band member Lionel Richie was inspired to write the song at a 37th anniversary party for his parents.
1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I Got You Babe,” Sonny & Cher. The song, which sells more than 1 million copies, is the duo’s only No. 1 hit. A remake of the song by UB40 with Chrissie Hynde hits No. 28 in September 1985.
1963 – Singer Whitney Houston is born in New Jersey, the daughter of singer Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick. Her first seven solo singles go top five on Billboard’s Hot 100. (She was featured earlier on a Teddy Pendergrass single that failed to reach the top 40.)
1959 – Pioneer of the rap genre, Kurtis Blow, is born Curtis Walker in New York.