This Day in Music — August 17

1991 : Nirvana shoots their video for Smells Like Teen Spirit. It was set to look like a deranged pep rally at “Anarchy High School,” and featured fans recruited at a concert two days earlier. The video was a huge hit on MTV and helped propel Nirvana into the mainstream.

1993 : While in therapy, the thirteen-year-old son of a Beverly Hills dentist, Jordan Chandler, alleges that singer Michael Jackson molested him while he visited Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The resultant civil suit costs Jackson over $20 million, but no criminal charges are filed, with Jackson’s lawyers claiming the family in question had previously attempted to extort the singer.

1995 : Microsoft buys the rights to The Rolling Stones’ 1981 smash Start Me Up to use as the theme for their Windows 95 rollout.

1998 : Santana’s Carlos Santana is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2011 : “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry hits #1 on the Hot 100, making her just the second artist with five #1 singles from the same album (Teenage Dream). The other five-time chart topper: Michael Jackson’s Bad.

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