2005, the wife of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt was rushed to hospital after slashing her wrists in a suicide attempt after a Sunday newspaper ran a story claiming that Rick had been cheating on his wife.
2001, The Darkness made their live debut when they played at Camden HQ. It was a tribute gig to raise money for the family of Ed's band mate from his previous band Q-Sling who had committed suicide earlier that month.
1997, US songwriter Ben Raleigh died after setting fire to his bath robe, while cooking. He co-wrote 'Scooby Doo Where Are You.'
1983, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to become the most successful album of all time with sales over 100 million.
1980, after seeing U2 play at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract.
1979, during a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned.
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