June 13th Entertainment History

On June 13th, 1958, Frank Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California.

In 1970, Christine McVie released a solo album, then announced her retirement from music. She was back within a year, joining her husband, John McVie, in Fleetwood Mac.

In 1972, singer Clyde McPhatter died in New York City of complications from heart, liver and kidney diseases. He was 38.

In 1980, Pat Benatar opened a home game for the Philadelphia Phillies by playing a brief set on a makeshift stage and dancing with the Phillies’ mascot, a large green duck.

In 1986, bandleader and clarinetist Benny Goodman died in New York at the age of 77.

In 1992, President Clinton upset rapper Sister Souljah by comparing her comments after the Los Angeles riots to something David Duke might say. Souljah had said, “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?”

In 1995, country singer Ty Herndon was arrested on charges of indecent exposure and drug possession, less than two hours before he was to perform at a police convention in Texas.

In 1996, two former employees of talk show host Montel Williams sued him, claiming he sexually harassed them. Four other women eventually joined the suit.

In 1998, a 25-year-old fan was struck by lightning while sitting on the lower deck of RFK Stadium in Washington during the Tibetan Freedom Concert. She survived with severe burns.

In 2005, a jury in Los Angeles acquitted Michael Jackson of all 10 counts of child molestation.

In 2008, a jury in Chicago acquitted R. Kelly of having sex with an underage girl and videotaping it.