1964 – Courtney Love born

Born Courtney Michelle Harrison in San Francisco, Love is one of the most divisive musical figures of the 1990s. Both in her own right as the lead singer and songwriter of Hole, and also as the wife (and later widow) of Kurt Cobain, Love’s outspoken nature and brash behaviour has made her controversial.

In reality, of course, her attitudes, words and actions are no worse than any of her male contemporaries. They’ve all said and done stupid things. But they’re men.

Also, she never went to school in Olympia.

Referenced in:
The Chanukah Song (Part II) — Adam Sandler

455 CE — Avitus becomes Emperor of Rome

Eparchius Avitus was a member of the Gallo-Roman aristocracy of the empire in his day. He was a strong proponent of keeping Gaul in the empire, even holding his coronation in Toulouse. However, these views were unpopular with the Roman establishment, or rather, what remained of it after the city was sacked by the Vandals earlier that year.

However, he allowed the Vandals to take Hispania, and along with his appointment of other Gallo-Romans to important roles in his administration, this made him immensely unpopular, and he was deposed as Emperor after little more than a year on the throne.

Referenced in:

Imperial Rome — Aska

1947 — O. J. Simpson born

Future pro football player, actor, possible murderer and man with no grasp whatsoever of tact or irony Orenthal James Simpson was born in San Francisco, where he also grew up and went to school. He went to the University of Southern California on a football scholarship in 1967, where he excelled. He turned pro in 1969, and played for the next decade. Before his retirement from pro football, he had already begun acting.

But none of this is the reason he is remembered today. His true claim to fame is either a) getting away with the murder of his wife and another man, or b) proving his innocence for trumped up claims of murder, depending on your point of view.

Referenced in:

The Chanukah Song (Part I) — Adam Sandler
The Chanukah Song (Part II) — Adam Sandler

1996 – LeAnn Rimes releases Blue

LeAnn Rimes didn’t exactly come from nowhere – by the time she released Blue in 1996, she’d been performing and recording for five years. In fact, Blue was her fourth album, and looking likely to be her last – none of its predecessors had charted. But since then, Rimes had changed labels, and decided to go for broke with this album. She moved away from the country sound of her earlier work to a more pop sensibility. This was recognised as the gamble it was, and hopes were not high.

But Blue defied expectations. It went on to become the number one album on the US country music charts, and actually entered the pop charts at number three (which was also the highest point it would reach there). Her two Grammy’s won the following year in the Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance categories, were both on the strength of this album.

Referenced in:

One Week – Barenaked Ladies