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Infamous reality show Jersey Shore debuts on MTV

Jersey Shore follows the lives of eight housemates who spend their summer together at a vacation home, The show debuted amid controversy regarding its use of the terms "Guido/Guidette", its portrayal of Italian-Americans and allegations of perpetuating stereotypes, as well as scrutiny from locals of the cast who were not residents of the area.

Will to Power are at #1 on the US singles chart

The American dance-pop band Will to Power recorded Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby). The song combines elements of two previously recorded rock songs: "Baby, I Love Your Way" and American Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd's song "Free Bird", which hit #19 on the Hot 100 chart in 1975.

Judas Priest are sued by two families

The band was involved in a civil action that alleged they were responsible for the self-inflicted gunshot wounds of 20-year-old James Vance and 18-year-old Raymond Belknap in Sparks, Nevada, USA. Part of a song those youngsters were listening was marked by their parents as a subliminal message for committing a suicide. The lawsuit unsuccessful.

An assassination attempt is made on Bob Marley

Marley, his wife, and manager Don Taylor were wounded in an assault by unknown gunmen inside Marley's home. Taylor and Marley's wife sustained serious injuries but later made full recoveries. Bob Marley received minor wounds in the chest and arm. The attempt on his life was thought to have been politically motivated.

The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns to the ground

Predominantly jazz casino, located in Montreux, Switzerland, burned down during a concert by The Mothers of Invention. The cause of the fire was flare gun from one of the fans. The song Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple is about the incident.

The first Laurel & Hardy movie is released

Putting Pants On Philip is a silent short film starring British/American comedy duo Laurel and Hardy. The plot involves Laurel as Philip, a young Scot newly arrived in the United States, in full kilted splendor, suffering mishaps involving the kilt. His uncle, played by Hardy, is shown trying to put trousers on him.

The first successful technicolor movie

The Toll of the Sea is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Chester M. Franklin, produced by the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation. The film was the second Technicolor feature, the first color feature made in Hollywood, and the first Technicolor color feature anywhere that did not require a special projector to be shown.

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