Today In History: January 5th

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chris cornell 1 Today In History:  January 5th

Chris Cornell

On January 5th, a Boy Band cutie thwarts a jewel heist; the Sex Pistols make history in Atlanta; and Chris Cornell is “hopping mad”  

In 2004, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Backstreet Boy[/lastfm] [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]A.J. McLean[/lastfm] chased down and captured a jewel thief in the parking lot of Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel. McLean was trying on watches at the hotel’s boutique when the man ran off with a 40-thousand dollar diamond ring.

In 1998, [lastfm link_type=””]Sonny Bono[/lastfm] died after skiing into a tree in South Lake Tahoe, California.

In 2000, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Celine Dion[/lastfm] renewed her vows with husband-manager Rene Angelil. The event at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace featured an Egyptian theme.

In 1963, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] flew from London to Rome in pursuit of his girlfriend Suze Rotolo. He was accompanied by the folksinger [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Odetta[/lastfm]. Once in Italy, Dylan discovered that Rotolo had returned to the United States. Dylan scored a gig at a folk club in Rome and wrote both “Girl from the North Country” and “Boots of Spanish Leather.”

In 2010, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Brian Eno[/lastfm] is eliminated from an Oscar run.  Eno had contributed music to “The Lovely Bones” soundtrack.  The song was deemed ineligible in the Best Score category because the musician allegedly failed to file the proper paperwork.

In 1940, the FCC hears FM for the first time.   The new frequency gives an improved signal, with less interference than AM.  The first FM station would not broadcast for another year.

In 2003, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Green Day[/lastfm]’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being stopped for speeding in his black BMW convertible. Billie Joe failed a breath test and was taken to a Berkeley, California county jail; he was later released on $1,053 bail.

In 1968, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] was jailed for one day in Stockholm, Sweden on drink charges after allegedly going berserk and destroying everything in his room at the Goteberg Hotel.

In 1987, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elton John[/lastfm] undergoes throat surgery and is forced to cancel all tour dates for the rest of the year.

In 1996, Star Magazine reports actress Ashley Judd was allegedly spotted “necking like a teenager” with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Counting Crows[/lastfm]’ lead singer Adam  Durtiz.

In 2003, Canadian singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Avril Lavigne[/lastfm] went to number on the U.K. album chart with her debut release “Let Go.”

In 1984, British New Wave group [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madness[/lastfm] announce that keyboardist Mike Barson has quit the band.

In 1989, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madonna[/lastfm] files for divorce from actor Sean Penn, citing irreconcilable differences. The pair had been married for 2 years.

In 2001, the Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of a woman arrested for wearing a [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marilyn Manson[/lastfm] t-shirt. She was accused of harassment because her shirt said, “I am the God of F***.”

In 2001, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kirsty MacColl[/lastfm] was laid to rest at a private funeral ceremony, ahead of a public memorial to pay tribute to her life. The singer songwriter was killed in a boating accident a couple of weeks earlier, on Dec 18th.

In 1979, Jazz musician and bandleader [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Charles Mingus[/lastfm] died at the age of 56. His final project was “Mingus”, a collaboration with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joni Mitchell[/lastfm].

In 1959, Coral Records released [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Buddy Holly[/lastfm]’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”.  It would be the last release for Holly, who would die a month later in a plane crash.

1991, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Madonna[/lastfm] went to No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Justify My Love’, a song co-written with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lenny Kravitz[/lastfm].

In 1978, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Prince[/lastfm] made his solo performance debut in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 1984, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Police[/lastfm] announced a March 2nd, 1984 farewell concert to be held in Australia. The group had been together for nine years.

In 1971, “Performancce”, starring [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mick Jagger[/lastfm], opens in London.  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] frontman stars as a “reclusive rock star”.

In 1992, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Queen[/lastfm]’s “Bohemian Rhaposdy” is the number one song for the fourth week in a row, 16 years after it originally spent nine weeks at the top spot.  The reissue marked the death of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Freddie Mercury[/lastfm] and raised money for AIDS charities.

In 1978, punk rock pioneers [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Sex Pistols[/lastfm] made their U. S. concert debut, starting their tour in Atlanta, before an estimated crowd of 500 people.

In 2009, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Britney Spears[/lastfm]’ Twitter page was hacked.  According to the Rolling Stone website, someone posing as the pop star posted the following; “Hi Yall! Brit Brit here, just wanted to update you all on the size of my v*****.  It’s about 4 feet wide with razor sharp teeth.”

In 2010, the New York Post reported that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Soundgarden[/lastfm]’s [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chris Cornell[/lastfm] was hopping mad about a Craigslist ad allegedly offering a video of his 2004 wedding, including shots of the late Brittany Murphy, who was the maid of honor at the nuptials. Cornell demanded that the site give him details about the person in possession of the stolen footage.

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