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2019Opera star Plácido Domingo, scheduled to star the next day in Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, backs out amid allegations of sexual misconduct that surfaced weeks earlier. This ends Domingo's association with The Met, where he had performed for the last 51 consecutive years.

2014George Hilliard (of the Philadelphia soul group The Tymes) dies at age 73.

2009Leonard Cohen performs a controversial concert at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel. After announcing all proceeds from the concert will go to a charitable fund organized through Amnesty International, the group withdraws all involvement and Cohen is forced to make other arrangements. He dubs the performance "A Concert for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace" and creates a new charity of the same name, run by both Israelis and Palestinians, to distribute all profits to groups focused on coexistence in Israel.

2003Gordon Lightfoot is inducted into the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame.

2002Blues singer-songwriter Tim Rose ("Hey Joe,""Morning Dew,") dies of a heart attack during a stomach operation at age 62.

1999Sting releases Brand New Day.

1999Britney Spears appears on the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch episode "No Place Like Home," where she dances with Sabrina.

1999Hank Williams is the subject of the first-ever country music symposium at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. "A Tribute To Hank Williams" begins with Lucinda Williams, Kim Richey, Kathy Mattea, and Steve Earle performing the works of the late country music godfather.

1998The film SLC Punk! premieres. Set in the unlikely location of Salt Lake City, Utah, the film documents the '80s punk movement in the western US through the eyes of a fan. The film becomes a favorite in punk culture for being one of the accurate, if stylized, portrayals of the genre. The soundtrack includes songs by the RamonesBlondieThe Velvet UndergroundDead Kennedys, and Generation X.

1998Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, 33, is sentenced to 150 days in jail for beating two women he dated and for violating his probation from an earlier domestic violence conviction.

1997One-hit-wonder Larry Hall, known for the 1959 hit "Sandy," dies of cancer at age 57.

1996"That Thing You Do," the title track to That Thing You Do!, a musical film directed by and starring Tom Hanks, is released. The track is written by Adam Schlesinger, bass player for Fountains of Wayne, and performed by fictional band The Wonders. The song goes on to peak at #41 in America and is nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. It loses out on both occasions to Madonna's "You Must Love Me," from Evita.

1996Weezer release their second album, the self-produced Pinkerton.

1993Guns N' Roses founding member Steven Adler agrees to a $2.5 million settlement in a lawsuit brought against the band and their managers. Adler signed away his interest in the band when he left in 1990 but claimed he was seriously impaired at the time and was taken advantage of.

1991Soundgarden's second album for A&M Records, Badmotorfinger, is released. Its arrival neatly coincides with the uprising of grunge (Nirvana's Nevermind is released on the same day, and Pearl Jam's Ten was issued on August 27) and serves as the group's commercial breakthrough.More

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Nirvana Unleash Nevermind


Nirvana's breakthrough album Nevermind is released.

The first single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," has been out for two weeks and is performing better than expected, so insiders think the album could catch on and maybe sell 500,000 copies or so - enough to earn a Gold record. It hits that milestone on October 12, and keeps selling. On January 11, 1992, Nevermind supplants Dangerous at the #1 spot, knocking the King Of Pop off his throne. The album eventually sells over 10 million copies in the US while earning rave reviews on its way to becoming a rock touchstone. The band seems flummoxed by the sudden success - after all, they're just a little grunge band from Washington State.

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