Music History for Friday, 3/7/14
2000 - Country star Doug Stone was injured when his ultra-light aircraft crashed near Nashville.
2000 - Country bandleader and songwriter Pee Wee King died of a heart attack at age 86.
1994 - The Supreme Court ruled the rap rendition of Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" by 2 Live Crew was legal and all parodies that poke fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that doesn’t require permission from the copyright holder.
1988 - Female impersonator Divine died at age 42.
1987 - The Beastie Boys became the first rap act to have a number one album when their debut LP, Licensed To Ill, hit the top of the chart.
1981 - Eddie Rabbitt, the cowboy from Brooklyn, New York, had the number one single with "I Love A Rainy Night."
1976 - Madame Tussaud's waxworks in London unveiled a likeness of Elton John.
1973 - One of the few instrumentals to go gold in the ‘70s was “Dueling Banjos,” taken from the movie Deliverance and recorded by Eric Weissburg and Steve Mandel.
1970 - Simon & Garfunkel's album Bridge Over Troubled Water started a 10-week run at number one on the album chart. The duo had already split up by the time the LP was released.
1969 - The Who released "Pinball Wizard" in the UK. It was the first selection the public heard from the rock opera Tommy.
1967 - The Supremes were at number one with "Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone."
1967 – Sandra Dee received a divorce from Bobby Darin.
1966 - Tina Turner recorded her vocal on the Phil Spector-produced single "River Deep Mountain High." It hit number three in the UK, but only got as high as number 88 in the U.S.
1966 - Brian Wilson released his first solo single, "Caroline No," taken from the Beach Boys' album, Pet Sounds.
1965 - A girl fell into the crowd from the balcony at a Rolling Stones gig in Manchester, England. The crowd below broke her fall and she was not hurt.
1964 - The Dave Clark Five made their radio debut on the BBC show Saturday Club.
1957 - Elvis bought Graceland.
1956 - Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" entered the R&B charts for the first time. It was also the first time a C&W artist made the R&B charts.
General History for Friday, 3/7/14
1657 - The Canadian government made it illegal to sell liquor to Indians. This was one of the first recorded cases of racial discrimination in North America. Today, of course, Canada has a bill of rights and Indians can get trashed just like anyone else.
1857 - Gail Borden of Brooklyn was awarded a patent for condensed milk.
1860 - Oliver Winchester introduced the first repeating rifle.
1870 - The first male-female grand jury was impaneled.
1876 - Alexander Graham Bell was issued a patent for a device, the telephone, which could transmit the human voice through wires, on the grounds that it was "a significant improvement in telegraphy." On March 10, he used the device for the first time, in order to tell his assistant in the other room, "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you."
1908 - The mayor of Cincinnati told his city council no woman was physically fit to drive an automobile.
1911 - The first coin-operated public locker was patented.
1949 - The tradition of individually-built American homes began to end when houses went on sale in Levittown, Long Island, in the first pre-planned, mass-produced suburban subdivision. The first 17,000 homes were built on a former potato field and sold for an average of $8,000.
1973 - The mayor of Lewistown, New York proposed a ban on X-rated movie theaters. This was considered to be a daring political move, especially in view of the fact Lewistown didn't have any X-rated movie theaters.
1974 - As the Symbionese Liberation Army held Patty Hearst, tons of free food was distributed because of their demands. California Governor Ronald Reagan showed his anger at those folks accepting the food by saying, "It's too bad we can't have an epidemic of botulism."
1983 – The Nashville Network, TNN, launched on cable TV.
1985 - Victor W. Farris died. Vic was the guy who made his name and several million dollars by inventing that paper carton we all pour milk out of. At the time of his death, he had more than 200 patents on the cartons.
1987 - Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion when he beat James Smith in a decision during a 12-round fight in Las Vegas.
1993 – Diff’rent Strokes actor Todd Bridges was arrested for stabbing a tenant.
1995 - New York Governor George Pataki signed a death penalty bill into law.
1996 – The Hubble Space Telescope gave us the first pictures of the surface of Pluto.
1999 - Movie director Stanley Kubrick died in Hertfordshire, England at age 70, just weeks before the opening of his final film, Eyes Wide Shut.
2000 - The NASDAQ composite crossed the 5,000 mark for the first time before retreating.
2001 - Ariel Sharon was sworn in as Israel’s prime minister.
2002 - A federal judge awarded Anna Nicole Smith more than $88 million in damages. The ruling was the latest in a legal battle over the estate of Smith’s late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. It was later overturned.
2003 - Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center announced they had transferred 6.7 gigabytes of uncompressed data from Sunnyvale, California to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 58 seconds. The data was sent via fiber-optic cables and traveled 6,800 miles.
2010 - At the 82nd Academy Awards, The Hurt Locker led all movies with six wins, including best picture and best director for Kathryn Bigelow, making her the first woman to win the Oscar in that category. Jeff Bridges won best actor for Crazy Heart and Sandra Bullock took home best actress for The Blind Side.
2011 - Two and a Half Men producer Warner Bros. Television announced it had terminated Charlie Sheen's contract after previously suspending production on the show's eighth season due to his erratic behavior, which included a series of rambling media interviews. The studio's statement read, "After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately."