Today In History: January 3rd

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liam and noel gallagher 83622619 Today In History:  January 3rd

Liam & Noel Gallagher-- friendly neighbors?

Fans honor the late Joe Strummer; The Gallaghers are voted “The Neighbors From Hell” and Britney Spears takes a joke too far

In 1970, “I Me Mine” was recorded by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm].  Sung by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]George Harrison[/lastfm], it was the last song that the band would record together.  Three decades later, it would become the title of Harrison’s autobiography.

1967, Carl Wilson of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] refused to be sworn in after receiving a U-S Army draft notice. He said he was a conscientious objector.

In 1981, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Bowie[/lastfm] made his final appearance as the Elephant Man in the Broadway show in New York City.

In 2003, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Clash[/lastfm]’s Joe Strummer was cremated. The funeral procession took his remains past the Elgin pub in West London where the band played some of their earliest gigs.

In 1974, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Band[/lastfm] kicked off a six-week tour at Chicago Stadium. It was Dylan’s first American tour in eight years.  Only 660,000 tickets were available, over 5 million requests were received by promoters.

In 1987, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Aretha Franklin[/lastfm] was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, becoming the first woman to do so.

In 1973, two thousand international fashion editors and experts voted the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rolling Stones[/lastfm]’ Mick Jagger and wife Bianca on the list of the top dozen best-dressed men and women of the year.

In 1996, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madonna[/lastfm] testified in a Los Angeles court against a man who was accused of stalking and threatening to kill her.

In 1980, R&B singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Amos Milburn[/lastfm] died at the age of 52.  He was famous for his drinking songs including “Let Me Go Home, Whiskey” and “One Scotch, One Bourbon and One Beer.”

In 1970, Davy Jones announced he was leaving [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Monkees[/lastfm].

In 2010, 64-year-old singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Van Morrison[/lastfm] squashes rumors that he fathered a fourth child.  The reclusive Irish vocalist stated that those reports, which appeared on his Web site, were fake and the work of a computer hacker.

In 2004, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Willie Nelson[/lastfm] sang his anti-war song “”What Ever Happened to Peace on Earth” for the first time at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich.

In 2002, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Oasis[/lastfm]’ Liam and Noel Gallagher topped a poll of celebrities you would least like to have as neighbors.  The brothers received 40% of the vote  and were named Your Home Magazine’s “Neighbors from Hell”.

In 2000, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Luciano Pavarotti[/lastfm] agreed to pay the Italian authorities $2.72 million dollars.  It was reported that the singer was worth $510 million at the time.

In 1992, [lastfm link_type=””]Simple Minds[/lastfm] singer Jim Kerr married singer-actress Patsy Kensit in London at the Kensington & Chelsea Registry Office. Fights broke out between the couple’s bodyguards and the paparazzi, with two innocent bystanders being knocked to the ground in the scuffle.

In 2004, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm] married her childhood pal Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas at 5:30 in the morning. Her record label said the singer “took a joke too far.” The pair later filed for an annulment.

In 1979, Hype, later to be known as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]U2[/lastfm], appeared at McGonagils in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2001, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Vanilla Ice[/lastfm] was arrested and spent the night in jail in Broward County, Florida after a fight with his wife.

In 2002, Zac Foley, bassist for [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]EMF[/lastfm] died after imbibing a New Year’s cocktail comprising of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, barbiturates and alcohol. He was 31.  EMF is  best known for their hit, “Unbelievable”.

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