1937 - Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for his style-changing invention . . . NYLON.
1968 - ARETHA FRANKLIN DAY was declared in Detroit. Aretha probably celebrated by having a hearty breakfast, a sizable lunch and a very large dinner . . . as well as a few really big between-meal snacks.
(--And she was probably wearing some kind of ridiculous hat while doing it. In fact, I think Aretha purposely wears bizarre headgear so people won't talk about how deliciously chubby she is.)
1968 - GEORGE & PATTI HARRISON and JOHN & CYNTHIA LENNON flew to India for two months of Transcendental Meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
(--Ringo & Maureen Starr, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Mia Farrow and DONOVAN joined the fun three days later. The Beatles eventually bailed on the Maharishi after realizing that he was a scam artist only interested in chasing tail.)
1969 - GEORGE JONES and TAMMY WYNETTE were married. Unlike her song, she didn't stand by her man. They split up in 1975.
1974 - ELTON JOHN released "Bennie And The Jets"!!! The smash would eventually reach #1.
1990 - IKE TURNER was sentenced to four years in prison on cocaine charges. I betcha he wished TINA TURNER had been around so he could beat her. (???)
1992 - The Los Angeles Lakers officially retired MAGIC JOHNSON'S number 32 jersey. Magic became the fifth Laker to have his jersey retired, joining Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
(--Magic also became the first Laker to ever get the HIV.)
1994 - TONYA HARDING and NANCY KERRIGAN gave each other COLD ICY STARES at the Winter Olympic Games in Norway before posing for the U.S. team photograph.
1997 - JEFF GORDON became the youngest winner of the Daytona 500. He was 25 years old.
2005 - KID ROCK was arrested for punching the DJ at a Nashville strip club. He pleaded no contest and the guy sued him for $575,000.
2007 - BRITNEY SPEARS walked into Esther's Hair Cutting Studio (in Tarzana, California) with a couple bodyguards, and asked to have her head shaved . . . but when the salon owner REFUSED, Britney shaved it herself.
(--Britney then hit a tattoo parlor where she got two new tats . . . a small pair of red and pink lips on her wrist, and a black, white and pink cross on her lower hip.)
(--Britney has her act back together now, but does anybody else sometimes miss the days of crazy Britney . . . or is that just me?)
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