2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile inte… Read more

2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile inte…

2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]

2001 – Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., pleads no… Read more

2001 – Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., pleads no…

2001 – Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., pleads not guilty to a series of charges relating to an alleged “air rage” incident during a transatlantic flight in April. Buck, appearing at Isleworth Crown Court, is accused of assaulting two British Airways staffers, being drunk on board an aircraft, causing criminal damage and interfering with a […]

2001 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is arrested at … Read more

2001 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is arrested at …

2001 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport for allegedly assaulting two crew members on an overnight flight from Seattle to London. Buck is charged with two counts of common assault, a public order offense, criminal damage, disobeying an aircraft commander and being drunk on an aircraft.

1998 – Stone Temple Pilots singer and sometimes so… Read more

1998 – Stone Temple Pilots singer and sometimes so…

1998 – Stone Temple Pilots singer and sometimes solo artist Scott Weiland, who was arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin in 1995, is arrested for drug possession again in New York. Weiland, who has about $100 worth of heroin, according to police, is charged with criminal trespassing and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

1998 – Rep. Sonny Bono (R-Calif.), the one-time si… Read more

1998 – Rep. Sonny Bono (R-Calif.), the one-time si…

On January 5, 1998, Bono died of injuries after striking a tree while skiing on the Nevada side of the Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California.

Bono’s death came just days after Michael Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a similar skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. Bono’s widow, Mary, was elected to fill the remainder of the Congressional term. Over 10 years after his death, she continues to champion many of Sonny’s causes, including the ongoing fight to save the Salton Sea.

After Sonny’s death, Mary told an interviewer from TV Guide that Sonny was addicted to and seriously abusing prescription drugs, mainly Vicodin and Valium. Even though Mary claimed that Sonny’s drug use caused the accident, the autopsy showed no narcotics and only a very small amount of Valium, not enough to cause impairment according to the Washoe County Coroner’s report.

After being asked by Mary Bono, Sonny’s ex-wife, Cher, gave a eulogy at Bono’s funeral. His final resting place is Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. The epitaph on Bono’s headstone reads: “And The Beat Goes On.”