1993 – Michael Jackson issues his first public denial regarding allegations of child sexual abuse, saying “I ask all of you to wait to hear the truth before you label or condemn me. Don’t treat me like a criminal, because I’m innocent.”
1993 – At the Stockholm Opera House, ABBA’s Frida Lyngstad sings an a cappella version of “Dancing Queen” for the Queen of Sweden on her 50th birthday.
1993 – Reggae DJ Dirtsman is shot and killed by four gunmen after an attack on his house in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
1993 – The Byrds’ original drummer Michael Clarke dies of liver failure in Treasure Island, Fla.
1993 – Authorities discover the body of Douglas Hopkins in Arizona. The Gin Blossoms songwriter had killed himself on December 5.
1993 – MTV airs Nirvana’s Sony Studios, New York “Unplugged” performance.
1993 – with stories beginning to surface about Michael Jackson’s alleged improprieties with young boys, St. Louis radio station KEZK announced that it would be no longer playing the singer’s records.
1993 – Playing in Los Angeles, Billy Joel invites Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash to show his soft rock colors by contributing a solo to “Shameless.”
1993 – Janet Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Again’, her 7th US No.1, a No.6 hit in the UK.
1993 – Despite protests, Guns N’ Roses say that their cover of Charles Manson’s “Look at Your Game, Girl” will stay on the album The Spaghetti Incident? Royalties from their recording will go to the son of a Manson family victim.
1993 – Ex-Gin Blossoms lead guitarist Douglas Hopkins shoots and kills himself at his home in Tempe, Ariz. He is 32. Hopkins was fired from the band the previous year because of his drinking habit.
1993 – Frank Zappa dies at age 52 in Los Angeles. The avant-garde rocker had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.