1969: Guitarist Brian Jones announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones because he didn’t agree with the band’s musical direction. He was replaced by Mick Taylor. Less than a month later, Jones was found dead at his home.
1970: Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from Princeton University.
1980: Comedian Richard Pryor nearly killed himself while free-basing cocaine at his home in San Fernando Valley, California. The cocaine mixture exploded in his face.
1994: Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC set fire to the mansion belonging to her boyfriend, Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Rison.
Today’s Birthdays: Comedian Jackie Mason is 86. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 75. Actor Michael J. Fox is 53. Actor Johnny Depp is 51. Actress Gloria Reuben (“The Agency,” ”ER”) is 50. Singer-actress Tamela Mann (“Meet The Browns,” ”Medea” films) is 48. Bassist Dean Felber of Hootie and the Blowfish is 47. Bassist Dean Dinning (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 47. Musician Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers is 44. Actress Michaela Conlin (“Bones”) is 36. Actress Natalie Portman is 33. Actress Mae Whitman (“Arrested Development”) is 26.