Music History for Wednesday, 7/23/14
2011 - Troubled singer Amy Winehouse was found dead inside her London apartment. She was 27. Acute alcohol intoxication was the cause of death.
2010 - Kings of Leon was forced to cancel a gig after only three songs, when pooping pigeons launched an unrelenting assault on a stage in St. Louis, Missouri.
2008 - Kid Rock was sentenced to a year of probation and fined a thousand dollars for his part in a fight in a waffle restaurant in Atlanta in 2007. He was also sentenced to 80 hours of community service and six hours of anger management counseling.
2005 - Toby Keith began a six-week stay at number one with "As Good as I Once Was."
2003 - Sugarland performed a showcase at Nashville's 12th & Porter club that led them to sign their record deal with Mercury Records.
2002 - Joe Nichols' debut project, Man with a Memory, was released.
2002 - Brooks & Dunn's sophomore album, Hard Workin' Man, was certified five-times platinum.
2001 - Megadeth was banned from performing in Malaysia. Government officials said the band's imagery, specifically their cartoon mascot, "Vic Rattlehead," was unsuitable for Malaysia's youth.
2000 - 'N SYNC had the number one single with "It's Gonna Be Me."
2000 - Singer Farrah Franklin was bounced from Destiny's Child after only five months with the group.
1999 - Singer-songwriter John Hiatt replaced ex-Talking Heads leader David Byrne as host of the PBS music series Sessions at West 54th.
1998 - Iron Maiden had to cancel the rest of its U.S. tour when singer Blaze Bayley developed severe throat problems. His doctor told him not to sing for one month.
1997 - "Strawberry Wine" was named song of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association International's 30th awards ceremony. Vince Gill won his third songwriter/artist of the year trophy.
1996 - Charlatans U.K. keyboard player Rob Collins died in a car crash. He was 29.
1995 - Two fans died at REM's show at Dublin's Slane Castle. One drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly pushed from a bridge.
1994 - Alan Jackson's remake of "Summertime Blues" went to number one.
1993 - Nirvana played a surprise show at the New Music Seminar at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The band introduced songs from their soon-to-be-released album, In Utero.
1992 - Chicago got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1990 - Production began on the film Falling from Grace, which marked John Mellencamp's acting and directing debut.
1988 - Vern Gosdin hit number one with "Set 'Em Up Joe."
1988 - Def Leppard's album Hysteria hit number one after 49 weeks on the chart.
1988 - Richard Marx had the number one single with "Hold On To the Night." It was the fourth single from his debut album.
1988 - Guns N’ Roses made their breakthrough when their first hit single, “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” entered the Billboard Top 40.
1983 - Synchronicity, the final studio album from The Police, started a 17-week run at number one on the album chart.
1983 - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard went to number one with "Pancho and Lefty."
1981 - Air Supply was at number one on the singles chart with "The One That You Love."
1980 - Keith Godchaux, ex-Grateful Dead keyboard player, died in a car crash. He was 32.
1980 - Singer Cliff Richard received his O.B.E. from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
1977 - Judas Priest began its first U.S. tour as the opening act for Led Zeppelin.
1977 - Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and band manager Peter Grant were charged with assault after a fight broke out backstage with employees of the concert's promoter in Oakland, California.
1977 - Barry Manilow had the number one single with "Looks Like We Made It." It was his third chart topper.
1977 - Foreigner's "Cold as Ice" was released.
1971 - The Raiders were at number one with "Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)." Freddy Weller sang lead.
1966 - Frank Sinatra had the number one song with "Strangers in the Night."
1964 - The Beatles had their fifth U.K. number one single with "A Hard Day's Night."
1951 - The number one song was "Come On-A My House" by Rosemary Clooney. The song was co-written by author William Saroyan and Ross Bagdisarian, who, as David Seville, would go on to huge fame and fortune creating The Chipmunks.
General History for Wednesday, 7/23/14
1827 - The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston.
1829 - William Burt patented the typographer, which was the first typewriter.
1885 - Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States, died in Mount McGregor, New York, at the age of 63.
1904 - The ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.
1948 - Filmmaker D.W. Griffith, who directed the films Birth of a Nation and Intolerance, died in Los Angeles at the age of 73.
1979 - Ayatollah Khomeini banned rock 'n roll music in Iran.
1982 - Actor Vic Morrow and two children died when a helicopter crashed on top of them during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie.
1984 - Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to give back her title after it was discovered she had posed for Penthouse magazine. Suzette Charles succeeded Vanessa.
1986 - Prince Andrew married Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson in Westminster Abbey. They later divorced.
1993 - James Jordan, father of basketball great Michael Jordan, was murdered in his car along Highway 95 in North Carolina.
1996 - Gymnast Kerri Strug helped clinch the U.S. women's team's first Olympic gold medal by making a final vault, despite tearing the ligaments in her ankle.
1997 - The body of Andrew Cunanan, the suspected killer of Gianni Versace, was found on a houseboat in Miami, Florida. He committed suicide.
2000 - Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the career Grand Slam when he won the British Open.
2000 - Lance Armstrong won his second Tour de France.
2010 - The Washington, D.C. school system fired 241 teachers for poor performance and licensing issues.
2012 - Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman to go into space, died from pancreatic cancer. She was 61.