Britney Spears – On This Day December 4th 2006
Yahoo revealed on December 4th 2006 that Britney Spears was the most searched for term of 2006 with more online searches done about Spears than any other topic or person. Female celebrities dominated the top 10 overall search list, with Shakira at number three, Jessica Simpson at number four and Paris Hilton at number five.
Oops, she did it again. For the fifth time in the last six years, Britney Spears topped Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO – news)’s most popular search term list for 2006.
Spears shares the top five with fellow blonde celebrities Shakira at No. 3 followed by Jessica Simpson and then Paris Hilton, who dethroned Spears in 2004. World Wrestling Entertainment sneaked in at No. 2.
Female stars Beyonce Knowles, Pamela Anderson and Lindsay Lohan helped to fill out the top ten.
“We consistently see female celebrities in the top ten, but WWE at second shows there are lot of underground fans out there, one of their guilty pleasures,” said Heather Moylan of Yahoo Buzz.
The most searched news story in 2006 was alligator wrestler Steve Irwin’s death followed by the death of Anna Nicole Smith’s son. Geopolitical stories rounded out the top five with the conflict in Iraq, the Israel-Lebanon conflict and the U.S. elections.
1965 – The Byrds
The Byrds started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ the group’s second No.1. A No.26 hit in the UK. Unlike their first chart topper, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording, instead of studio musicians.
1971 – Frank Zappa
The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. The incident is immortalized by Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’. In 1967 the Casino became the venue for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which was the brainchild of music promoter Claude Nobs. On the night of the blaze, Nobs saved several young people who, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames, had hidden in the casino from the blaze. A recording of the outbreak and fire announcement can be found on a Frank Zappa Bootleg album titled Swiss Cheese / Fire.
1976 – Tommy Bolin
American guitarist Tommy Bolin died from a heroin overdose aged 25 the day after opening a show for Jeff Beck in Miami, Florida. Bolin was a member of Zephyr (1969 to 1971), The James Gang (1973 to 1974) and Deep Purple (1975 to 1976).
1979 – U2
U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London. Misnamed ‘The U2s’, they played to only nine people and the show ended abruptly after The Edge broke a guitar string.
1980 – Prince
Prince played the first night on his 31 date Dirty Mind North American tour at Shea’s in Buffalo, New York. After being told by his managers he couldn’t wear spandex pants without any underwear, Prince began performing in a long trench coat, black high heeled boots and leggings, and bikini brief trunks.