2008 – The Times: The story in this morning’s paper is on the ruses various celebrities use to evade reporters outside the main criminal courthouse in Manhattan. Actor Rip Torn, for example, once led paparazzi through a park and past a gaggle of chanting construction workers before jumping into the cab of an occupied 18-wheeler, […]
1950 – Ann Wilson of Heart is born in San Diego this day in rock history! Biography When she was a child, Wilson’s family moved around because her father was a Marine Corps colonel. The family eventually settled in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington. Shy due to a stutter, Wilson turned to music, and […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2006 – Alicia Keys joins David Bowie for a neo soul-injected take on the latter’s Changes to close out a star-studded New York benefit for the Keep a Child Alive organization, which helps AIDS- and poverty-stricken children in Africa.
2006 – Milking the publicity for all its worth, Madonna tells NBC’s Dateline that she thinks all the hoopla around her adoption of a Malawian infant is “racist.” “A lot of people have a problem with the fact that I’ve adopted an African child,” she says. Outside, it’s America.
2006 – In Madonna’s latest incarnation as a do-gooder, she visits an orphanage in Malawi. Her publicist denies rumors that the Dick Tracy actress is planning on adopting a local child.
2005 – Vietnamese police drop child rape charges against Gary Glitter after the disgraced glam rock star pays the families of his accusers $2000. The police said they were unable to gather enough evidence.
2005 – Tim McGraw, the Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Destiny’s Child and Kelly Clarkson triumph, each taking two trophies away from the 33rd annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
2005 – “Rock and Roll, Part 2” singer and convicted child pornography enthusiast Gary Glitter vanishes from his home in Ba Ring Vung Tau after Vietnamese authorities discover a 15-year-old girl living there.
2005 – Alicia Keys hosts and performs at a fundraiser for the AIDS charity Keep a Child Alive at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is joined by fellow music heavyweights Usher, Paul Simon, John Mayer and Common, as well as African acts Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti and the Agape Children’s Choir […]
2005 – Pop superstar Michael Jackson is found not guilty on all counts of his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Calif. Jackson, 46, had been charged with molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor in 2003, serving him wine and conspiring to hold the boy and his family hostage at his Neverland estate in order to […]
2005 – The prosecution in the Michael Jackson child molestation child wraps up its case, after presenting 80 witnesses. The defense makes a motion for acquittal. Michael Jackson’s legal team open up the case for the defense in his child molestation trial, with choreographer Wade Robson and another witness denying they took showers with the […]