Music History for Friday, 10/24/14
2012 - R&B singer Bobby Brown was arrested in Los Angeles, California, for a DUI. He was released on bail.
2012 - A rep for Jessica Simpson’s parents, Tina and Joe Simpson, announced they had filed for divorce after being married for more than 30 years. Tina and Joe are also the parents of actress and singer Ashlee Simpson.
2009 - Michael Buble had the No. 1 with Crazy Love.
2004 - The iTunes music store expanded in nine countries, including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.
2001 - The cities of Detroit and Auburn Hills settled lawsuits with Dr. Dre. The lawsuits accused the cities of censorship by threatening to arrest him if he aired a sexually explicit video at a concert in July 2000.
2000 - Former Hee Haw co-host and country music veteran Roy Clark was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
1996 - Motown Records founder Berry Gordy was honored with his very own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1995 - It was Tony Bennett Day in New York City. He performed that evening at Radio City Music Hall.
1995 - Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders sang the national anthem at Game Three of the World Series in her hometown of Cleveland...well, she was actually born in Akron, but close enough.
1995 - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band released It's A Mystery, their first studio album in four years.
1993 - Duran Duran cancelled the remainder of their tour after Simon LeBon tore a vocal chord.
1992 - Madonna released Erotica.
1989 - Hank Ballard, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Bobby Darin, the Four Tops, the Four Seasons, the Kinks, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, The Platters, The Who, and Simon and Garfunkel were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1988 - The John Fogerty vs. Fantasy Records case began. Fantasy claimed that Fogerty had plagiarized his own song Run Through The Jungle when he wrote The Old Man Down The Road.
1987 - Michael Jackson started a two-week run at number one on the singles chart with Bad.
1987 - 100,000 fans came out to see The Monkees during a benefit concert at Lowry’s Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida.
1980 - Paul McCartney was honored by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the best-selling songwriter and recording artist in music history.
1977 - Keith Richards pleaded guilty to possessing heroin to a court in Toronto and was given a one-year suspended sentence, and ordered to perform a benefit concert for the blind.
1973 - John Lennon sued the U.S. government. He accused them of tapping his telephone.
1967 - Lulu had the number one song with “To Sir with Love.” The song was taken from the film of the same name, which starred Lulu and Sidney Poitier.
1967 - Pink Floyd had to cancel a U.S. tour when lead singer Syd Barrett refused to lip-sync to their song Arnold Layne on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
1964 - The T.A.M.I. Show was filmed at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
1962 - James Brown recorded what would become one of the greatest live albums of all time, Live At The Apollo, at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
General History for Friday, 10/24/14
1901 - Anna Edson Taylor, a schoolteacher from Bay City, MI, celebrated her 43rd birthday by going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She wasn't the first person to go over the falls, but she WAS the first to survive the trip.
1931 - Al Capone was thrown in the slammer for an 11-year term for tax evasion. "Scarface" had been eluding the authorities for years and had operated the biggest money-making rackets in history.
1939 - Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in a Wilmington, Delaware, department store.
1940 - The 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
1949 - The cornerstone for the U.N. headquarters was laid in New York.
1972 - Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player, died in Stamford CT, at the age of 53.
1977 - Tiny Tim and his wife, Miss Vicki, were divorced. The couple had gotten married on The Tonight Show, drawing huge ratings. The former Miss Vicki Budinger was granted the divorce on grounds of mental cruelty.
1989 - A judge ordered Zsa Zsa Gabor to serve 72 hours behind bars for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer. She was also charged with driving without a valid license and having an open container of alcohol in her Rolls Royce.
1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team outside the U.S. to win the World Series. They defeated the Atlanta Braves in the 11th inning of game six. Dave Winfield got the winning hit in the 4-3 game.
1996 - Riots broke out in St. Petersburg, Florida, after a white cop fatally shot a black man during a traffic stop.
1997 - In Arlington, VA, former NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was spared a jail sentence after a courtroom apology to the woman he'd bitten during a sexual encounter.
1999 - The New York Yankees took Game 2 of The World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 7-to-2.
2001 - The House passed a 100 billion dollar economic stimulus package.
2003 - In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.
2005 - Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Florida. The storm killed dozens, and caused an estimated $20 billion in damage.
2008 - Many of the world’s stock exchanges see some of the worst declines in their histories. Bloody Friday, as it was called caused as much as a 10% in most indices.
2010 - Randy Quaid and his wife Evi contested their extradition from Canada to California on burglary charges for fear they were being targeted by "Hollywood star whackers,” who would kill them.
2011 - Authorities in Turkey said the death toll in an earthquake there had killed at least 279 people.
2012 - Lakhdar Brahimi, the new United Nations special envoy to Syria, announced a four-day ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces to commemorate a Muslim holiday.