This Day in Music History — October 3

1965 : Johnny Cash is stopped by US Customs officials at the Mexican border on suspicion of heroin smuggling and found to be holding over 1,000 prescription narcotics and amphetamines. He receives a suspended sentence.

1969 : Gwen Stefani was born.

1992 : Sinead O’Connor, who is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, tears up a photo of Pope John Paul II, saying, “Fight the real enemy.” She is banned from the show and later becomes a priest, although the Catholic church does not recognize her Order.

2001 : Keith Urban goes home to Australia to accept a special Aria Award – roughly the equivalent to a Grammy in the U.S. Urban receives the Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of sales and chart success in the U.S.

2004 : VH1 holds its first Hip Hop Honors, giving awards to DJ Hollywood, DJ Kool Herc,KRS-One, Public Enemy (who also perform), Rock Steady Crew, Run-DMC, Tupac and Sugarhill Gang.

This Day in Music History — August 14

1985 : Three years after their duet The Girl Is Mine, Paul McCartney advises Michael Jackson to invest in publishing. Jackson makes a winning bid of $47.5 million for the rights to over 250 Lennon-McCartney Beatles songs owned by ATV publishing, which turns out to be a great investment, but kills their friendship.

1987 : Guns N’ Roses kick off their first North American tour at a show in Halifax. They’re the opening act for The Cult.

1995 : Grateful Dead meet and decide to break up after the recent tragedy of founder/leader Jerry Garcia’s death.

1999 : Former teen idol Leif Garrett pleads guilty to drug possession in Los Angeles and is ordered into rehab.