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October 15, 1996. Singer-songwriter Paula Cole releases her second album, This Fire. The Massachusetts native got her break performing with Peter Gabriel. Her second album was entirely self-produced, and included the hit singles "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" and "I Don't Want to Wait". The latter song was used as the theme for the teen drama Dawson's Creek. Cole later toured with the Lilith Fair festival, and won the 1998 Grammy for Best New Artist. #paulacole #thisfire #wherehaveallthecowboysgone #idontwanttowait #dawsonscreek #lilithfair #bestnewartist #grammy #october15
October 14, 1996. Madonna gives birth to her first child, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon. Madonna was pregnant with her during the filming of Evita. Lourdes' father is Carlos Leon, Madonna's former personal trainer. They ended their relationship in 1997, but remained friends. Lourdes, who goes by Lola, has led a fairly low-key life for being the daughter of a global superstar. She attended her mom's college, the University of Michigan, and currently resides in NYC. Happy 21st birthday Lola! #lourdesleon #madonna #evita #carlosleon #universityofmichigan #21stbirthday #october14
October 14, 1997. Green Day releases their fifth studio album, Nimrod. It produced the acoustic hit "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)". The song was heard at many graduation parties and television shows, including the series finale of Seinfeld. Nimrod showed a more mature and musically creative side to Green Day, whose members were becoming husbands and fathers during this time. #greenday #nimrod #timeofyourlife #goodriddance #seinfeld #october14
October 14, 1995. Mad TV premieres on Fox. The sketch comedy series was originally inspired by Mad magazine, although it rarely had any relation to the magazine's content. The series ran for 14 seasons; its cast members included Frank Caliendo, Taran Killam, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. In 2016, the CW network renewed it for 8 episodes. No plans have been announced for future episodes. #madtv #fox #cw #sketchcomedy #madmagazine #frankcaliendo #tarankillam #keeganmichaelkey #jordanpeele #keyandpeele #october14
October 12, 1997. Singer-songwriter and activist John Denver is killed in a plane crash at age 53. Denver was the pilot and sole occupant of the plane, which crashed into Monterey Bay, CA. Denver, whose real name was Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., began his music career with folk groups. By 1974, he was America's best-selling performer. His signature songs include "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Annie's Song", "Rocky Mountain High", and "Sunshine on My Shoulders". As his music career faded, he began focusing more on humanitarian and conservation causes. Denver was not legally permitted to fly at the time of his death due to a number of drunk driving arrests. However, an autopsy found no sign of alcohol or drugs. Denver's ashes were scattered in his beloved Rocky Mountains, and in 2007, the Colorado state legislature adopted "Rocky Mountain High" as one of its two state songs. #johndenver #rockymountainhigh #colorado #takemehomecountryroads #anniessong #sunshineonmyshoulders #countryboy #october12 #90s
October 12, 1993. Hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa release their fourth album, Very Necessary. Its hit singles included "Shoop", "Whatta Man" (feat. En Vogue), and "None of Your Business". Salt-N-Pepa was one of the first all-female groups in a very male-dominated genre. They won the 1995 Grammy for Best Rap Performance, making them the first female rappers to win this category. #saltnpepa #verynecessary #envogue #shoop #whattaman #noneofyourbusiness #hiphop #rap #90s #bestrapperformance #grammy #october12
October 10, 1995. California ska-pop band No Doubt releases their third studio album, Tragic Kingdom. No Doubt's first two albums were released during the period when grunge ruled the airwaves. Tragic Kingdom, however, came along at just the right time. Their catchy, upbeat sound, combined with Gwen Stefani's magnetic stage presence, made Tragic Kingdom one of the biggest albums of the decade. It produced the hits "Just a Girl", "Spiderwebs", "Sunday Morning", and arguably the greatest breakup song of the 90s, "Don't Speak". No Doubt led the third wave ska revival along with other bands such as Sublime, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. #nodoubt #tragickingdom #gwenstefani #ska #thirdwaveska #justagirl #spiderwebs #sundaymorning #dontspeak #90s #october10
October 9, 1999. The first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held in Indio, CA. The idea for this festival began in 1993, when Pearl Jam played a show at the Empire Polo Club while boycotting other venues maintained by Ticketmaster. Pearl Jam's show established the polo club's suitability for large-scale events. Coachella's inaugural line-up consisted of Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Tool, Morrissey and Rage Against the Machine. The event went smoothly, and the well-behaved crowd was a stark contrast from the violence that plagued Woodstock '99. Coachella is still going strong, and is now a trendsetter in music and fashion. #coachella #coachellafestival #indio #empirepoloclub #woodstock99 #pearljam #beck #chemicalbrothers #tool #morrissey #rageragainstthemachine #90s #october9
October 7, 1995. Alanis Morissette's third studio album, Jagged Little Pill, hits #1 on the Billboard chart. The Canadian singer-songwriter was just 19 years old, and was already known as the Debbie Gibson of Canada. But Jagged Little Pill went in a whole new direction, and is widely regarded as a landmark alternative rock album. Led by the explosive single "You Oughta Know", it won the Grammy for Album of the Year. The success of Jagged Little Pill led to the introduction of other female artists such as Shakira, Tracy Bonham, Meredith Brooks, Pink, Michelle Branch and Avril Lavigne. #alanismorissette #90s #90snostalgia #90salternative #jaggedlittlepill #yououghtaknow #ironic #handinmypocket #albumoftheyear #grammy #october7
October 6, 1996. Country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw wed in Rayville, Louisiana. They met while touring together, and Hill was pregnant with their first child when they married. They are still together and have three daughters. Happy 21st anniversary Faith and Tim! #faithhill #timmcgraw #rayville #louisiana #october6 #country
October 6, 1991. Elizabeth Taylor weds for the eighth and final time to Larry Fortensky, a construction worker whom she met while they were in rehab at the Betty Ford Center. Michael Jackson gave away the bride at his Neverland Ranch. Their guests included Liza Minnelli, Eddie Murphy, Nancy Reagan, Arsenio Hall, Quincy Jones, and Macaulay Culkin. Taylor sold the wedding photos to People Magazine for $1 million, which she used to start her AIDS foundation. Although Taylor and Fortensky divorced in 1996, she left him $800,000 in her will. #elizabethtaylor #larryfortensky #michaeljackson #neverlandranch #aidsfoundation #october6
October 4, 1990. The granddaddy of all teen soaps, Beverly Hills, 90210, premieres on Fox. #beverlyhills90210 #90210 #90stelevision #october4
RIP Tom Petty, 1950-2017. You taught us how to fly and how to free fall. Keep rocking. 🎸🎤🎶
October 3, 1995. More than 150 million people tune in to watch the verdict in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, which ends with Simpson being found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The verdict is met with both praise and criticism. Where were you when you heard the verdict? #ojsimpson #nicolebrownsimpson #ronaldgoldman #ojverdict #october3
October 3, 1992. Sinéad O'Connor causes a huge controversy when she rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live. O'Connor was protesting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. SNL had no prior knowledge of her plan - during the dress rehearsal, she held up a photo of a refugee child. The audience went completely silent, and executive producer Lorne Michaels recalled that "the air went out the studio." During his opening monologue the following week, host Joe Pesci said that if it had been his show, "I would have gave her such a smack." In a 2002 interview with Salon, when asked if she would change anything about the SNL appearance, O'Connor replied, "Hell, no!" #sineadoconnor #popejohnpaulII #saturdaynightlive #snl #joepesci #lornemichaels #october3
October 3, 1992. Barack Obama marries Michelle Robinson in Chicago, IL. During his final speech as POTUS, Obama said this about his wife: “For the past 25 years, you’ve not only been my wife and the mother of my children, you’ve been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own with grace, grit and style.” Happy 25th anniversary Barack and Michelle! #barackobama #michelleobama #25thanniversary #diamondanniversary #flotus #potus #october3
October 2, 1995. Oasis releases their second studio album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? The singles "Champagne Supernova" and "Wonderwall" reached #1 on the US Modern Rock chart. The record propelled Oasis from an indie act to a worldwide rock phenomenon. Oasis was one of the major bands of the Britpop movement along with Suede, Pulp and Blur. Britpop produced bright, catchy pop music, partly in reaction to the darker themes of American grunge. The Gallagher brothers were featured regularly in tabloid newspapers for their sibling disputes and wild lifestyles. #oasis #whatsthestorymorningglory #liamgallagher #noelgallagher #britpop #champagnesupernova #wonderwall #october2
October 1, 1991. Prince releases his 13th studio album, Diamonds and Pearls. It marked the debut of Prince's new backing band, the New Power Generation, and produced the hit singles "Diamonds and Pearls", "Gett Off", and "Cream". Dancers Lori Werner and Robia LaMorte, known as "Diamond" and "Pearl" respectively, appeared on the holographic cover. #prince #newpowergeneration #diamondsandpearls #gettoff #cream #october1
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