May 14 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 14

1921 : Noël Coward sets sail for New York aboard the S.S. Aquitania.

1956 : Buddy Holly visits his optometrist's office to correct his horrible 20/800 vision with primitive contact lenses, but Buddy hates them, and decides to keep his signature glasses.

1971 : The Honey Cone's "Want Ads" is certified gold.

1985 : Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson with a special Presidential Humanitarian Award at the White House for his work against drunk driving. Footage of the ceremony is show repeatedly when Jackson comes into legal trouble in the following years.

1987 : Frank Sinatra, who had played South Africa in the past, suddenly condemns the apartheid regime publicly, referring to president P.W. Botha as "a bum".

1988 : Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary celebration takes place at New York's Madison Square Garden, featuring appearances from many famous artists on the label's roster: The Bee Gees, Wilson Pickett, The Rascals, The Coasters, Emerson, Lake And Palmer, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Foreigner, Yes, Genesis, and the event's main attraction, a rare reunion of Led Zeppelin, with John Bonham's son Jason taking over drums for his late father.

1998 : George Michael pleads no contest in Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom.

2006 : Ashton "Family Man" Barrett, former bassist with Bob Marley's Wailers, loses a lawsuit alleging that Island Records and Marley's estate have failed to pay him millions in royalties.

2008 : Kanye West performs live at the Casio G-Shock 25th Anniversary Celebration at Gustavino's in New York City.

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