1996 – A Pasadena judge drops drug possession charges against Stone Temple Pilots’ singer Scott Weiland, saying that the singer had made definite progress in rehab.
1996 – Best of, Video Hits, Vol. 1 (Van Halen) is released this day in rock. Release date: 1996-10-29
1996 – In Westwood, Calif., Bruce Springsteen performs at a rally against Proposition 209. If passed, the proposition would end affirmative action in California.
1996 – Veteran California Highway Patrol Officer, Ruben Rios, 53, is struck and killed by a motorist leaving Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozz Fest ’96. Rios had been directing the heavy post-show traffic when a motorist quickly changed lanes and struck him.
1996 – Paula Abdul marries for the second time. This time she’s getting hitched to Brad Beckerman, CEO of Groove Track Productions. They divorce in 1998.
1996 – Motown founder Berry Gordy is honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. In the ’60’s, Gordy made household names of artists like Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder.
1996 – A former executive of EMI Records, Jay Barbieri, announces the official launch of the first Internet record label, J-Bird Records at www.j-birdrecords.com. The record label is the first of its kind, a label that operates almost exclusively on the World Wide Web.
1996 – Composer and conductor Berthold Goldschmidt dies at the age of 93.
1996 – MTV premieres “MTV Unplugged” with Oasis. The band’s lead vocalists, Liam Gallagher, does not perform. The show was taped in London in August.
1996 – Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is charged with attacking a cameraman outside a Los Angeles club after the hapless photog tried to take snaps of him and Pamela Anderson Lee.
1996 – Ms. Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, the daughter of Madonna and the pop/movie star’s personal trainer, Carlos Leon, is born at 4:01 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.
1996 – A concert by Maxwell, originally booked for Atlanta’s 600-seat Cotton Club is moved to the 1,500 capacity Roxy Theater to accommodate overwhelming response. Maxwell sells out at the Roxy.