Today In History: Belushi ODs, Jimmy Carter Does A Radio Show, And Ozzy Is Reborn

Today’s Birthdays

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is 43.
Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark is 61.
Electric Avenue singer Eddy Grant is 65.
Magician Penn Jillette is 58.  He’s part of the comic-illusionist duo Penn and Teller.
Actress Eva Mendes is 39

Today In History

In 1960
Elvis Presley was discharged from the Army.

In 1963, country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hankshaw Hawkins were killed in a plane crash near Nashville, Tennessee.

The Beatles were in the studio working on the songs “From Me To You” and “Thank You Girl.”

In 1966

Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler’s “The Ballad of the Green Berets” hit number one on the pop singles chart.

In 1968

A musical production of “Othello,” featuring Jerry Lee Lewis as Iago, opened in Hollywood. UNIMAGINABLE…

In 1971
Badfinger kicked off its first North American tour with a show in Toledo, Ohio.

Aretha Franklin began a three-night stand at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, which became the album “Aretha Franklin at the Fillmore West.” Ray Charles, who made a guest appearance at Aretha’s concert, is featured on the album.

In 1975
Rod Stewart met Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles. It sparked a five-year romance.

In 1977
President Jimmy Carter participated in the first-ever “Dial-a-President” radio talk show.  The program was carried on 260 CBS Radio Network stations.

Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat” peaked at number eight on the pop singles chart.


Actor, comedian John Belushi died of a drug overdose at the age of 33.  He starred in several popular projects including the television show “Saturday Night Live” and the films “Blues Brothers” and “Animal House.”

In 1983

Michael Jackson topped the pop singles chart with “Billie Jean.”

After The Fire’s “Der Kommissar” and Greg Kihn’s “Jeopardy” broke into the Top 40.

In 1992, the Rodney King beating trial opened in Simi Valley, California. Four Los Angeles police officers were charged with the attack, which was captured on home video.

In 1994

Grace Slick was charged with felony assault in connection with an incident in which she pointed a gun at police officers at her home.

In 1998
Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter Aimee had the highest bit at a charity auction. She spent 16-thousand-dollars for a day with Hanson, which she purchased for her then-13-year-old sister Kelly.

In 2001
Kiss frontman Paul Stanley received divorce papers from his wife Pamela. She claimed irreconcilable differences as she sought to end their nine-year marriage.

In 2002
“The Osbournes” made its debut on MTV.

In 2004

The British newspaper “The Mail on Sunday” reported that Paul McCartney’s estimated worth was one-point-three-billion-dollars — which was more than Elton John, Mick Jagger, and Madonna’s wealth combined.

In 2012

Peter Gabriel demanded that his music no longer be incorporated into Rush Limbaugh’s shows, after he learned that the radio personality had played the 1986 hit “Sledgehammer” during his rant about a Georgetown law student’s congressional testimony supporting the Obama administration’s contraception coverage policy.

In 2012, the viral video hit “Kony 2012” was released on this date. Created by the group Invisible Children, the 29-minute documentary called for action in the efforts to capture Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The video logged more than 50 million views worldwide within the first four days of its release.


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