Music History for Wednesday, 8/20/14
2012 - Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds app and video game franchise, announced that it had teamed up with Green Day to create a special episode of Angry Birds Friends. The episode featured 10 new levels and included the band’s single "Oh Love," as well as an exclusive song, "Troublemaker." The episode also featured new “bad pig” characters inspired by Green Day band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
2011 - Ross Barbour of The Four Freshman quartet died of cancer. He was 82.
2010 - After expressing interest in running, former Fugees member Wyclef Jean discovered he was not on the list of candidates approved by Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council.
2007 - Kenny Chesney's single "Don't Blink" went to radio.
2005 - Iron Maiden were pelted with eggs, lighters and ice during their final performance on the Ozzfest tour in Devore, California. The band’s stint on the Ozzfest tour had been marred by technical problems, verbal sparring between Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson and tour organizer Sharon Osbourne, and dueling online messages between both camps.
2003 - In Rhode Island, OSHA fined Derco LLC, which operated The Station club, 85,200 dollars for one “willful” violation and six serious violations related to the February 20 fire that killed a hundred people and injured almost two hundred during a Great White concert. Great White, whose pyrotechnics sparked the blaze, was fined seven thousand dollars for failing to protect employees from fire hazards.
2001 - Foo Fighters canceled the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins was hospitalized. Hawkins "apparently overindulged during festivities" after the band performed at a British music festival.
2000 - Bon Jovi performed the final concert at London's legendary Wembley Stadium before it was torn down. The stadium had been the top music venue in England for 28 years.
1999 - Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan was found dead in his bed in New Orleans. He was 31.
1998 - Rape charges against rapper DMX were dropped after test results revealed the DNA from his blood didn’t match that of the semen found at the crime scene.
1997 - A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 65 in Alabama was dedicated to the memory of country great Hank Williams Sr. It's now known as the "Hank Williams Lost Highway."
1996 - Rapper Snoop Dogg settled a wrongful death suit that the Woldemariam family had brought against him three years earlier. Phillip Woldemariam had been shot and killed by Snoop's bodyguard from the back of a car driven by the rapper. Snoop and the bodyguard claimed the shooting was in self-defense.
1992 - Sting married his longtime girlfriend, Trudie Styler.
1991 - Collin Raye's debut album, All I Can Be, was released.
1988 - Restless Heart went to number one with "The Bluest Eyes in Texas."
1985 - Ricky Skaggs was the lead nominee for the CMA Awards with six nods.
1985 - Huey Lewis And The News had the number one pop hit with “The Power of Love.”
1977 - “Best of My Love” by The Emotions topped the Billboard pop chart.
1974 - Paul Anka topped the charts with “You’re Having My Baby.” His last number one was in 1959, making it, at that time, the longest gap between number ones for an artist.
1974 - David Allan Coe recorded "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" in Nashville.
1969 - Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers Of Invention after a tour of Canada.
General History for Wednesday, 8/20/14
1866 - President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War was over, even though the fighting had stopped months earlier.
1920 - The first commercial radio station was licensed in Detroit. Station 8MK, which is now WWJ, began its daily broadcast with the program Tonight’s Dinner. KDKA in Pittsburgh is often considered the world's first radio station, but it wasn't officially licensed until October of that year.
1940 - Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was assassinated by a friend near Mexico City. He'd been feeding his rabbits when the "friend" -- probably a Russian Secret Agent -- pulled an ice ax from his clothes and drove it through Leon's head.
1945 - Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major league ballgame. Brown was 17 years, eight months and 14 days old.
1949 - The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox played at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland before the largest crowd, 78,382 people, to see a nighttime major league baseball game.
1984 - The Republican National Convention opened in Dallas. At the convention, Ronald Reagan and George Bush were nominated for a second term.
1985 - Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets struck out 16 in a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants, making him the first National League pitcher to strike out 200 or more batters in each of his first two seasons.
1989 - Jose and Kitty Menendez were shot to death by their sons, Lyle and Erik. The first trials ended in hung juries.
1992 - Presidential hopeful Ross Perot released his book, United We Stand: How We Can Take Back Our Country.
1994 - Al Gore underwent surgery to repair an injured Achilles tendon he tore while playing basketball at the White House gym.
1997 - NASA launched Voyager Two, an unmanned spacecraft that carried a 12-inch copper record with greetings in several dozen languages, sounds of nature and music.
1998 - The U.N. Security Council extended trade sanctions against Iraq for blocking arms inspections.
2000 - Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship in a playoff over Bob May, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in one year.
2007 - Billionaire Leona Helmsley died of heart failure at the age of 87. The “Queen of Mean” was convicted of tax evasion in 1989 and served 18 months in federal prison.
2011 - Kim Kardashian walked down the aisle with NBA star Kris Humphries. The wedding, estimated to cost $10 million, spawned constant coverage on E!, and was chronicled with countless hours of footage on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The marriage, on the other hand, lasted 72 days.
2012 - Comedian/actress Phyllis Diller died. She was 95.
2012 - White House crashers Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi divorced amid allegations of infidelity.
2013 - Ted Post, who directed many episodes of Columbo and Perry Mason among other TV and film projects, died. He was 95.