2001 – Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, Calif.
2000 – Ontario Attorney-General Jim Flaherty requests that Canada’s federal government, which handles immigration matters, prevent Eminem from entering the country for a concert at Toronto’s SkyDome. The request stems from a complaint filed to the Toronto police hate crimes squad by a community activist who claims that the Interscope rapper’s lyrics advocate violence toward women.
2000 – Capitol Records honors Garth Brooks with a lavish party, marking Brooks’ status as the only artist to sell more than 100 million albums in a decade and the only artist to sell 10 million copies of four different albums.
1999 – German schlager artist Rex Gildo dies from injuries he sustained three days earlier when he jumped from the second floor of his Munich flat.
1999 – Singer/songwriter Hoyt Axton, who penned Three Dog Night’s smash hit “Joy To The World,” dies in Victor, Mo. He is 61. Axton, largely confined to a wheelchair since a 1996 stroke, had suffered a pair of heart in the few weeks prior to his death.
1998 – John Michael Montgomery raises over $14,000 for the Jessamine Humane Society at his Putt for Paws golf tournament and concert. “We have a moral obligation to take care of these homeless animals,” Montgomery says. “After all, we domesticated them.”
1998 – Shock-rock glam band Marilyn Manson kicks off its highly anticipated Mechanical Animals tour in Kansas City, Mo., without incident. Civic leaders from Syracuse, N.Y., however, immediately begin raising objections to the scheduled concert in their hometown a month later.
1998 – The Recording Industry Association of America is dealt a blow in its battle against the maker of a device that plays music downloaded from the Internet using a technology called MP3, when a federal judge refuses to issue an injunction against the sale of the device.
1998 – President Clinton announces that Fats Domino, folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and opera singer Roberta Peters are to be among the dozen 1998 winners of the National Medal of Arts.
1998 – Singer/songwriter Eros Ramazzotti celebrates his 35th birthday Oct. 26 with the global release of his album “Eros Live,” featuring 15 tracks recorded during his 1997-98 worldwide tour.
1996 – Veteran California Highway Patrol Officer, Ruben Rios, 53, is struck and killed by a motorist leaving Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozz Fest ’96. Rios had been directing the heavy post-show traffic when a motorist quickly changed lanes and struck him.
1994 – Wilbert Harrison dies of a stroke in Spencer, N.C. He was 65. The R&B singer’s version “Kansas City” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1959. In 1969, he had a top 40 hit with “Let’s Work Together.”
1982 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Who Can It Be Now?” Men at Work. The song is the 12th No. 1 single to pose a question and the first of two by the Australian band.
1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hot Child in the City,” Nick Gilder. The song takes 20 weeks from the time it enters the Hot 100 to reach No. 1, longer than any single before it.
1965 – Queen Elizabeth presents the Beatles with MBE’s at Buckingham Palace in London.
1963 – Natalie Merchant, at one time the vocalist for the band 10,000 Maniacs, is born in Jamestown, N.Y.
1955 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Autumn Leaves,” Roger Williams.