[Daily article] March 30: DJ AM

DJ AM (A. M. Goldstein; March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009) was an
American disc jockey (DJ). Obsessed with deejaying as a child, Goldstein
developed a drug addiction as a teenager and was sent to the
controversial rehabilitation center Straight, Incorporated. His drug
problems worsened until a failed suicide attempt in 1997. He became
sober, and later sponsored other addicts through Alcoholics Anonymous.
He began deejaying and joined the band Crazy Town in 1999 before
focusing on a career as a solo DJ. In 2006, he accepted a million-dollar
contract to perform weekly at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. In 2008,
Goldstein and Travis Barker formed the duo TRV$DJAM. They were the only
two survivors of a Learjet 60 crash later that year. Goldstein hosted
the 2009 drug intervention television series Gone Too Far, and appeared
to be struggling with his addiction during filming. In August 2009, he
was found dead from a drug overdose. The DJ AM Memorial Fund was
launched that year for people recovering from drug addiction.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The United States merged East Florida and West Florida to
create the Florida Territory.


Fighting began during the March Days revolt in Baku,
Azerbaijan, resulting in over 14,000 deaths.


Usmar Ismail began filming Darah dan Doa, formally recognised
as the first Indonesian film.


Vietnam War: North Vietnamese forces began the Easter Offensive
in an attempt to gain as much territory and destroy as many units of the
South Vietnamese Army as possible.


Twelve gunmen attacked the Manawan Police Academy in Lahore,
Pakistan, and held it for several hours before security forces could
retake it.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

A humorous rhyme of four lines with the rhyming scheme AABB, usually
regarding a person mentioned in the first line.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The dripping blood our only drink, The bloody flesh our only food:
In spite of which we like to think That we are sound, substantial flesh
and blood — Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good.  
–Four Quartets

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