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 […]
2005 – A jury rules that Ashanti is guilty of breach of contract and owes producer Genard Parker $630,000. She had promised Parker he could produce two songs on her debut if he released her from an earlier contract, then reneged.
2005 – The jury is selected for The Trial of the Century (C), aka Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial.
2003 – Jury selection begins in a wrongful death suit brought against Tommy Lee in connection with the 2001 drowning death of a boy at a pool party. Meanwhile, his Motley Crue mate Vince Neil pleads no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge following a 2002 nightclub brawl.
2000 – Three ex-members of the Dead Kennedys are awarded approximately $220,000 in damages after a San Francisco jury finds that band leader Jello Biafra (real name Eric Reed Boucher) failed to pay them back royalties or to promote their catalog.
2000 – Puff Daddy testifies before a grand jury about the December nightclub shooting that led to his arrest on possession charges. Jennifer Lopez attends the hearing.
1998 – A Los Angeles Superior Court jury awards pop star Michael Jackson $2.7 million in damages in his defamation-of-character suit against Victor Gutierrez. On the TV program Hard Copy, Gutierrez claimed to have seen a video of Jackson having sex with a boy.
1997 – A federal jury awarded $110,000 in compensatory damages and back pay to aformer Spin magazine employee, Staci Bonner, who charged the magazine’s publisher, Bob Guccione Jr., with sexual harassment. The court said that the editorial department at the magazinecreated a hostile working environment for the plaintiff.
1995 – A Texas jury sentences Yolanda Saldivar to life in prison for the murder of Selena, the 23-year-old Tejano star.
1994 – Rapper and actor Tupac Shakur is shot five times during a robbery outside a New York recording studio. Two days later a jury finds him guilty of sexually abusing a woman, but acquits him of more serious sex and weapons charges.
1976 – In Houston, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson duet on “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Backstage, Nelson is given a subpoena to appear before a grand jury investigating drug trafficking.
1969 – Jimi Hendrix appears in Toronto Supreme Court to answer charges of hashish and heroin possession. Hendrix admits he has used pot, hashish, LSD, and cocaine a handful of times. But he tells the judge he has “outgrown” drugs. The jury, presumably unfamiliar with Hendrix’s catalog, finds him not guilty.