Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles in
2001. The four-piece band consisted of Chris Cornell, Soundgarden’s lead
singer and rhythm guitarist (pictured), and Rage Against the Machine
members Tom Morello (lead guitar), Tim Commerford (bass and backing
vocals), and Brad Wilk (drums). Their sound was created by blending
1970s hard rock with 1990s alternative rock, using only guitar, bass,
drums, and vocals. The group released three albums, received three
Grammy nominations, and became the first American rock band to perform
an open-air concert in Cuba. They disbanded in February 2007 when
Cornell announced he was leaving “due to irresolvable personality
conflicts as well as musical differences”. The 2007 Rage Against the
Machine reunion and tour involving the rest of the band cemented the
supergroup’s demise, as did the solo albums released that same year by
Morello and Cornell. The group announced a reunion in January 2017, and
performed together for the first time in over a decade at Prophets of
Rage’s Anti-Inaugural Ball. Cornell died in May 2017.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Tekle Giyorgis I began the first of his six reigns as Emperor
French brothers Claude and Nicéphore Niépce received a patent
for their Pyréolophore (diagram pictured), one of the world’s first
internal combustion engines.
The German protectorate of Togoland was divided into the League
of Nations mandates of French Togoland and British Togoland.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 598 was adopted,
calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Iran–Iraq War.
After being fully restored, the USS Constitution, one of the
United States Navy’s first ships, sailed for the first time in 116
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
1. The launching of a spacecraft or an object to orbit or land on the Moon.
2. (sports) An act of throwing or hitting a ball with a high trajectory.
3. (figuratively) An expensive, hard, or unlikely task of great potential
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent,
than in the extent of my power and dominion.
–Alexander the Great
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