Updated: Feb 26, 2020
Music History for Thursday, 2/20/20
2009 - The Los Angeles Police Department launched an internal probe to uncover who leaked a photo showing Rihanna battered after her domestic assault with then-boyfriend Chris Brown. The photo was eventually published on TMZ.
2008 - In her first public performance since she left a rehab clinic two weeks prior, Amy Winehouseperformed at the Brit Awards.
2007 - Dave Navarro divorced Carmen Electra after less than three years of marriage.
2003 - In West Warwick, Rhode Island, 100 people were killed when a fire destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by the band Great White. Great White guitarist Ty Longley was one of the victims.
2002 - In Los Angeles, a jury awarded a woman $40,000 for wrongful termination from James Brown's company in 1999. The woman had also claimed that she had been sexually harassed.
1999 - Country star Trace Adkins played his first concert since breaking his ankle and having surgery for tendon damage. Adkins refused to follow his doctor's orders to sit during the concert. He walked around from one end of the stage to the other so that the entire audience could see him.
1997 - Ben and Jerry's introduced an ice cream called Phish Food, which was named after the rock group Phish.
1996 - Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and a bodyguard were found not guilty of first-degree murder. The jury was deadlocked on voluntary manslaughter charges resulting in a mistrial.
1992 - Singer Paula Abdul got engaged to actor Emilio Estevez. It would be the first marriage for both.
1991 - Quincy Jones won six Grammys, including album of the year, for Back on the Block.
1982 - Singer Pat Benatar married musician-producer Neil Giraldo in Hawaii.
1976 - KISS had their footprints immortalized in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
1974 - Cher filed for separation from husband Sonny Bono. She filed for divorce not long afterwards. They had been married for 10 years.
1970 - John Lennon's "Instant Karma" was released in the U.S.
1969 - Goodbye Cream opened in Baltimore. The film was of Cream's November 26, 1968 farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1966 - Nancy Sinatra had the number one single with "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."
1959 - Jimi Hendrix, at age 16, made his stage performance debut at a synagogue in Seattle, WA.