Nirvana was a popular American rock band from Aberdeen, Washington.
With the lead single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from their 1991 album
Nevermind, Nirvana exploded into the mainstream, bringing along with
it an offshoot of punk and alternative rock referred to as grunge. As
Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain found himself referred to in the media
as the "spokesman of a generation", with Nirvana the "flagship
of "Generation X". Cobain was uncomfortable with the attention, and
placed his focus on the band's music, challenging the band's audience
with their third studio album In Utero. While Nirvana's mainstream
popularity waned in the months following its release, their core
audience cherished the band's dark interior, particularly after their
1993 performance on MTV Unplugged. Nirvana's brief run ended with the
death of Cobain in 1994, but the band's popularity expanded in the
years that followed. Since their debut, the band has sold more than
fifty million albums worldwide, including more than ten million copies
of Nevermind in the US alone.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Proconsul Scipio Africanus of the Roman Republic defeated Hannibal and
the Carthaginians in the Battle of Zama, concluding the Second Punic
Ferdinand II of Aragon wedded Isabella of Castile, a marriage that
paved the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single
American Revolutionary War: British forces led by Lord Charles
Cornwallis officially surrendered to Franco-American forces under
George Washington, ending the Siege of Yorktown.
Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, was first
isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 22% on Black Monday, the
largest one-day decline in history.
Wikiquote of the day:
There is surely a piece of divinity within us, something that was
before the elements, and owes no homage unto the sun. -- Thomas Browne