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Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard is born in Strijen, Netherlands, Europe. He will find massive international acclaim as Anton Corbijn, the long-term creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2. Corbijn's unique style has also graced works by Coldplay, Nirvana, Bryan Adams and others.
Pirate radio deejay John Peel chooses Tiny Goddess, the debut single by psychedelic duo Nirvana, as his Radio London Climber Of The Week.
Courtney Michelle Menely is born in San Francisco, California, USA. She will court international notoriety as Courtney Love, wife of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, and as the singer in her own band, Hole.
Chris Blackwell, MD of Island Records, writes to British psychedelic band Nirvana relinquishing all of the company's rights to the name of the band.
Nirvana are recording their debut album, Bleach, at Reciprocal Recording Studios, Seattle, Washington.
Nirvana play at Green Street Station, Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Kurt Cobain, having broken his guitar the night before, performs the entire set without one.
Nirvana arrive in London to begin their first European tour, co-headlining with Sub Pop Records labelmates Tad.
Nirvana play at The HUB Ballroom, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Nirvana play at Satyricon, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Dinosaur Jr., supported by Nirvana, play at Bogart’s, Long Beach, California, USA.
Nirvana, Tad and The Bomshells play at The Town Pump, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
David Geffen, head of Geffen Records, founds a new subsidiary label, DGC, to market alternative rock acts. The label roster will include Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Counting Crows, Beck and Weezer, before merging with Interscope in 1999.
Nirvana play at Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL, USA
Nirvana, Tad and Victim's Family play at The 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Nirvana play at Foufounes Electriques, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Nirvana play at The Olde Club, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA.
Nirvana play at The 9:30 Club, Washington DC, USA.
Nirvana play at The Masquerade, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Comedy rocker Weird Al Yankovic begins recording tracks for his album Off The Deep End in the USA. The album cover is a parody of the underwater baby shot on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind, with Yankovic pursuing a doughnut replacing the baby pursuing a dollar bill.
On his Manic Nirvana tour, Robert Plant plays at at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
At the Dutchman rehearsal room, Seattle, Washington, USA, Dave Grohl auditions to become the new drummer in Nirvana. Later in the day, while playing an acoustic solo spot on KAOS radio, Kurt Cobain announces that Grohl is the band’s new drummer.
Nirvana play with new drummer Dave Grohl for the first time at The North Shore Surf Club, Olympia, Washington, USA.
Buck Ram, American music biz manager and composer of hits for The Platters, dies. On the same day, Nirvana play at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, supported by The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam.
The cover photograph for the Nirvana album Nervermind is shot by photographer Michael Lavine at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Nirvana and Hole play at The Palladium, Hollywood, California, USA.
Dinosaur Jr play at The Palladium, Hollywood, California, supported by Nirvana and Hole.
Hole, a band led by Courtney Love, future wife of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, releases its debut album, Pretty On The Inside, in the USA.
Pearl Jam release their debut album, Ten, in the USA. On the same day, in advance of release, the single Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana is sent out to radio deejays.
When Nirvana play at The Fox Theatre in Portland, Oregon, they are told that their single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, has gone gold in the USA. Also on the bill are Mudhoney.
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. It will peak at No6 during a nineteen-week run on the chart.
I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA and, on the same day, Nirvana peaks at No25 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart and, on the sane day, Lithium by Nirvana peaks at No25 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
When Nirvana play at Reading Festival, Reading, UK, Kurt Cobain provides the highlight of the day when he takes to the stage in a wheelchair, wearing a white dress and a ladies wig.
When Nirvana play at the MTV Video Music Awards, bassist Krist Novoselic throws his instrument high into the air at the end of their performance of Lithium. Unfortunately, on its way back to earth, the instrument strikes him in the head and knocks him to the ground.
When police arrest repeat offender criminal Richard Allen Davis on the Coyote Valley Indian Reservation near Ukiah, California, USA, for parole violation, he is subsequently identified as the kidnapper and killer of 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma, California, USA. The song Polly, by Nirvana, is not about Polly Klaas but the 1994 song Kidnapped by Arcade is.
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, hospitalised in Rome, Italy, Europe, in a coma after an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, wakes up and asks for a milkshake.
The death certificate for Kurt Cobain of Nirvana states the cause of his death to have been "Contact perforating shotgun wound to head (mouth)".
Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is recording demos in Bob Lang Studios, Seattle, Washington. The recordings will become the basis for his new band, the Foo Fighters.
Veteran British pop star Cliff Richard goes to Buckingham Palace, London, to collect a knighthood. On the same day, Hole singer Courtney Love and former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are sued by a German promoter over Nirvana's failure to perform concerts after Kurt Cobain's suicide in April of the previous year.
When Courtney Love appears on the ABC TV show '10 Most Fascinating People' in the USA, she states that she wished she had done 'eight thousand million things differently' to have prevented the death of her husband Kurt Cobain.
The city of Warren, Ohio, USA, honours local-born boy Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana by naming a street after him. Market Alley in Warren's downtown area is re-named David Grohl Alley, and the town hosts a week-long Music Is Art festival as part of the celebration.
Them Crooked Vultures, a 'supergroup' featuring Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, play their first live concert, at The Metro, Chicago, Illinois, during the Lollapalooza festival weekend.
Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead join Slash to perform songs from his new album at the Golden God Awards in Los Angeles, California, USA.
When The Foo Fightersplay a low-key show at Paladino's, Tarzana, California, USA, they are joined by former Nirvana colleague Krist Novoselic. The audience includes Amanda Seyfried, Juliette Lewis, Ryan Phillippe and Tony Kanal of No Doubt.
A private view of the exhibition Storm Troopers in Stilletos celebrating 40 years of Queen, is held at the Old Truman Brewery in London, England, UK, Europe. Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters turn up and spend time with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor.
Dave Grohl of The Foo Fighters berates a man fighting in the crowd and has him ejected during the band's iTunes Festival gig at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, UK. The show also features guest appearances by Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, while Lemmy of Motorhead and Paul Weller are also in attendance.
Michael Stipe, Courtney Love, Nils Lofgren and Krist Novoselic are among those attending the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in New York City, USA.
A BBCtv-funded all-star rendition of The Beach Boys classic God Only Knows is aired for the first time at 8.00pm in the UK. This new performance features Brian Wilson (the song’s writer) Sir Elton John, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, Brian May, Dave Grohl, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Jaz Dhami, the BBC’s Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland. They are joined by the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters is spotted hanging out with Courtney Love at the launch party for Danny Clinch’s photo book Still Moving at The McKittrick Hotel, New York City, USA. They are overheard making a $10,000 bet on who could get the most strippers at Scores. (Love was formerly a stripper herself). Other guests at the event include Michael Stipe.