1969: James Brown walked out of Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty’s office when the mayor failed to show up on time to present the singer with a proclamation for “James Brown Day.”
1980: Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux was killed in a car accident in Marin (mah-RIN’) County, California. He was 32.
1984: Vanessa Williams became the first Miss America to resign her title, after nude photographs of her were published in “Penthouse” magazine.
1992: Chicago got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999: Woodstock ’99 began in Rome, New York. The three-day festival started off peacefully but ended in fires, lootings and accusations of rape.
2011: Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead at her home in London. She was 27. Her death was attributed to accidental alcohol poisoning.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Gloria DeHaven is 89. Radio personality Don Imus is 74. Country singer Tony Joe White is 71. Actor Larry Manetti (“Magnum, P.I.”) is 67. Singer David Essex is 67. Singer and former Congressman John Hall (Orleans) is 66. Guitarist Blair Thornton of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 64. Actress Belinda Montgomery (“Doogie Howser, MD”) is 64. Actress Edie McClurg (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) is 63. Actress Lydia Cornell (“Too Close For Comfort”) is 61. Actor Woody Harrelson is 53. Guitarist Martin Gore of Depeche (duh-PESH’) Mode is 53. Actor Eriq Lasalle (“ER”) is 52. Drummer Yuval Gabay (Soul Coughing) is 51. Guitarist Slash of Velvet Revolver (and Guns N’ Roses) is 49. Model Stephanie Seymour is 46. Singer Sam Watters of Color Me Badd is 43. Singer Alison Krauss is 43. Drummer Chad Gracey of Live (LYV) is 43. Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans (“The Wayans Brothers”) is 42. Country singer Shannon Brown is 41. Singer Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) is 34. Actor Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 32. Actor Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter” movies) is 25. Drummer Neil Perry of The Band Perry is 24.