Music History for Tuesday, 10/21/14
2013 - Cee Lo Green was charged with furnishing the drug ecstasy to an unidentified 33-year-old woman while the two were eating at a Los Angeles restaurant in July 2012, after which the pair went back to the woman’s hotel. In August 2014, he pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to perform 360 hours of community service and attend 52 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. In addition, he was ordered to register as a controlled-substance offender.
2013 - TLC’s biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, premiered on VH1. The film, which stars Keke Palmer of Akeela & The Bee as Chilli, Drew Sidora of Step Up as Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, and Lil Mama from America's Best Dance Crew as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, chronicled TLC's humble beginnings in Atlanta and rise to fame in the '90s.
2009 - Brad Paisley performed his first show at Madison Square Garden in New York City with special guests Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne.
2004 - Toby Keith's album Shock'n Y'all went quadruple platinum.
2001 - George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Tim Mcgraw and Martina McBride were among the stars performing at the Country Freedom Concert in Nashville after the September terrorist attacks.
1999 - Beatles producer Sir George Martin announced he would serve as chairman of the advisory board for Internet startup, Garageband.com.
1999 - The Dixie Chicks' album Wide Open Spaces went eight-times platinum.
1998 - Rapper Coolio pleaded not guilty to concealed weapon and marijuana charges.
1998 - Elton John's Candle in the Wind 1998 became the best-selling single of all time, just 37 days after its release. The Princess Diana tribute song beat out Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.
1998 - Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick of KISS were sued for copyright infringement over the song Dreamin'. The suit claims the song sounds too much like Alice Cooper's 1971 hit, Eighteen.
1996 - J-Bird Records became the first record label to operate exclusively on the World Wide Web.
1995 - Blind Melon's lead singer Shannon Hoon was found dead on his tour bus from an accidental overdose.
1994 - Willie Nelson's Always on My Mind became his second quadruple platinum album.
1992 - Madonna released her book of erotic photographs, Sex. The first 500,000 copies of the 50-dollar book were wrapped in Mylar to prevent free peeks.
1992 - Country star Hank Williams Jr. and his fourth wife, Mary Jane, had their first child, a daughter named Katherine Diana.
1992 - Lisa Marie Presley and her husband, Danny Keough, had Benjamin Storm Keough.
1992 - Elton John filed a 35-million-dollar lawsuit accusing a reporter from the TV show Hard Copy of falsely stating that he had moved to Atlanta to be near an AIDS treatment center.
1987 - Dwight Yoakam's album Hillbilly Deluxe was certified gold.
1975 - Elton John received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1972 - 17 years after writing, recording, and releasing his first rock & roll classic Maybellene, Chuck Berry got his first, and only, American #1 pop chart entry with My Ding-A-Ling.
1967 - The Music City News held its first annual awards show at Ernest Tubb's Record Shop. Merle Haggard won Favorite Male Artist, and Loretta Lynn won Favorite Female Artist.
1967 - The Fugs attempted to levitate the Pentagon building.
1966 - The Who appeared on Britain's Ready Steady Go!
1961 - Bob Dylan recorded his first album, Bob Dylan, for Columbia Records.
1958 - Buddy Holly had his last studio recording session. Holly and The Crickets recorded True Love Ways, Moondreams, It Doesn't Matter Anymore, and Raining in my Heart.
1957 - Elvis Presley's film Jailhouse Rock premiered.
General History for Tuesday, 10/21/14
1879 - Thomas Edison invented a workable electric light at his lab in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
1913 - The world's first blended cigarettes, Camels, were produced by the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolds's stenographer, who later became company chairman, heard that Barnum & Bailey's circus had come to town, so he rushed over to snap a few pictures of the camels. While he was photographing a camel named "Old Joe", the bored beast turned away, giving him a shot in profile -- the picture found to this day on every pack of Camels.
1945 - Women in France allowed to vote for the first time.
1959 - The Guggenheim Museum in New York opened to the public.
1967 - In one of the first massive Vietnam War protests, 35,000 peace demonstrators tried to levitate the Pentagon. Over 600 were arrested, and the Pentagon, as you might expect, did not move.
1975 - The Cincinnati Reds used eight pitchers in the sixth game of the World Series, but Carlton Fisk broke up the thrilling contest with a homer in the 12-inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 7-6 victory.
1998 - The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.
2001 - The Arizona Diamondbacks won the National League championship, defeating the Atlanta Braves 3-to-2 in Game 5.
2003 - The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.
2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.
2012 - Law & Order actor Ted Kazanoff passed away at the age of 91. He played the recurring role of Judge Daniel Scarletti on the series from 1995 to 2002.