1960: Aretha Franklin's 1st recording session. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
1963: Coolio was born. Gangsters Paradise was born 32 years later. Amen.
1981: MTV network debuted on cable television at 12:01am, playing music videos 24 hours a day. Blessed.
1981: "Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie aka Billboard Song of the Year 1981, aka Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time, aka cry yourself to sleep.
National Friendship Day.
1776: The official signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
1693: Celebratory date for Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne.
1961: US President Barack Obama born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hi, we really fucking miss you. Also, it's not a coincidence that the most celebratory drink ever was also born this day.
1988: Appetite For Destruction Guns N' Roses debut album went to No.1 in the US. Welcome to the Jungle.
1994: Lisa Loeb started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stay (I Missed You)' If you're not already figuring out where you can stream 'Reality Bites' we highly recommend doing so immediately.
1988: Yo! MTV Raps premiered on MTV.
1909: Alice Huyler Ramsey and three other women became the first women to complete a transcontinental automobile trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California. Alice drove the whole trip. Girls, child-free, road trip? Does this not sound like a dream right now?
1988: American hip hop group N.W.A released Straight Outta Compton on Ruthless Records. The album redefined the direction of hip hop and in 2017, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant."
1992: Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'This Used To Be My Playground'.
National Women's Day.
2104: Michael Brown, an 18-year-old Black male in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. After re-examining the case against Wilson in the wake of George Floyd's death, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell announced that no charges would be brought against him for shooting and killing Brown. Just yesterday, August 2nd, protesters marched through Clayton, MO demanding charges be filed.
1993: Ruth Bader Ginsburg sworn in as a US Supreme Court Justice. Queen.
1978: The Police released their third single 'Can't Stand Losing You'
1995: 'Macarena' single is released by Los del Rio. Ah, the twerk of the 90s.
1969: The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened in upstate New York. Tickets for the three-day event were $18 in advance and $24 at the gate. Cool, same.
1991: Paul Simon played a free concert in New York's Central Park before an audience of three quarters of a million people.
1992: Boyz II Men started a 13 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'End Of The Road' May we suggest slow dancing at arms length.
1986: Bon Jovi released their third studio album, Slippery When Wet, featuring two US chart toppers, 'You Give Love A Bad Name' and 'Livin’ On A Prayer'. Gold.
1992: Kurt Cobain became a father when his wife Courtney Love gave birth to a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. She will be 28 this year.
1987: "Dirty Dancing" film directed by Emile Ardolino, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey opens in the US.
1964: Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer speaks at the US Democratic National Convention about her efforts to register to vote in Mississippi. A true fighter until the end. In her eulogy, given by Andrew Young Jr, he declared that the progress of the civil rights movement had been made through "the sweat and blood" of activists like Hamer and that "None of us would be where we are today had she not been here then."
1986: "Stand By Me" directed by Rob Reiner starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell is released. Take me back.
1994: Jeff Buckley releases his album “Grace”, featuring his cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. Girls rule.
1994: My So Called Life premiered on ABC. There is just too much to say about this.
1998: "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" debut album by Lauryn Hill is released (5 Grammy Awards including Album of the Year, Billboard Album of the Year 1998). Honestly, it's still the album of the year if you ask us.
Women's Equality Day.
1955: Black 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi, for 'flirting' with a white woman, galvanizing the nascent American Civil Rights Movement. The late John Lewis requested that his essay, "Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation" be published on the day of his funeral. He shares the key moments that shaped his life in non-violent protest and writes, "Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor”
1963: At the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his I Have a Dream speech.
1973: “Let’s Get It On” single released by Marvin Gaye (Billboard Song of the Year 1973).
1997: Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed (with driver Henri Paul) died in a car crash in Paris. Diana was determined to leave the world better than she found it and saw a life beyond being a royal wife and mother. A true feminist before her time.