Kylie Minogue is an Australian singer and actress. She rose to
prominence in the late 1980s as a result of her role in the Australian
television soap opera Neighbours, before commencing her career as a
pop singer and recording artist. Signed to a contract by British
songwriters and record producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman, Minogue
achieved a string of hit records throughout the world, but her
popularity began to decline by the early 1990s, leading her to part
company from them in 1992. For several years she attempted to
establish herself as an independent performer and songwriter,
distancing herself from her earlier work. Her projects were widely
publicised, but despite a couple of hit singles, her albums failed to
attract a substantial audience, resulting in the lowest sales of her
career. In 2000, she returned to popularity as a dance/pop music
artist and became well-known for her provocative music videos and
expensively mounted stage shows. Minogue has established one of the
longest and most successful careers as a performer in contemporary pop
music, and in Europe and Australia has become one of her generation's
most recognisable celebrities and sex symbols.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan by
Filipino natives led by Lapu-Lapu.
The blind and impoverished John Milton sold the copyright of Paradise
Lost for £10.
An explosion destroyed the steamboat Sultana, killing 1,700 passengers
on the Mississippi River.
The Expo 67 World's Fair opened in Montreal.
Freedom day: The African National Congress was victorious in the first
non-racial elections in the history of South Africa.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life,
the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by
contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath." --