(Following Advance for Use Saturday, June 9)

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On June ninth, 1969, guitarist Brian Jones announced he was leaving the Rolling Stones because he didn't agree with the band's musical direction. He was replaced by Mick Taylor. Less than a month later, Jones was found dead at his home.

Also in 1969, Moby Grape officially disbanded, a year after guitarist Skip Spence left.

In 1970, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from Princeton University.

In 1972, Columbia Records signed Bruce Springsteen.

In 1980, comedian Richard Pryor nearly killed himself while free-basing cocaine at his home in San Fernando Valley, California. The cocaine mixture exploded in his face.

In 1992, Ben Vereen was nearly killed in an accident near his home in Malibu, California. He was hit by a small truck driven by record producer David Foster.

In 1994, Left Eye of TLC set fire to the mansion belonging to her boyfriend, Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Rison.

In 2000, rapper Eminem was charged with brandishing a gun at a member of the Insane Clown Posse. The charges came just days after he was arrested for allegedly using a gun to hit a man kissing his wife.

Today's Birthdays: Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 73. Keyboardist Jon Lord of Deep Purple and Whitesnake is 71. Actor Michael J. Fox is 51. Actor Johnny Depp is 49. Actress Gloria Reuben ("The Agency," ''ER") is 48. Bassist Dean Felber of Hootie and the Blowfish is 45. Bassist Dean Dinning (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 45. Musician Ed Simons of the Chemical Brothers is 42. Actress Michaela Conlin ("Bones") is 34. Actress Natalie Portman is 31. Actress Mae Whitman ("Arrested Development") is 24.

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