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2011: AMY WINEHOUSE JOINS THE 27 CLUB
After bursting into the mainstream with her hit "Rehab," Amy Winehouse quickly became an international superstar, thanks to her incredible talent, larger-than-life personality and retro sound. Unfortunately, fame and success made her battle with addiction even harder, and despite an attempt to get sober and back into the studio, Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning at age 27. "Our family has been left bereft.... She leaves a gaping hole in our lives," her parents, Mitch and Janis, and her older brother Alex said in a statement.
Also in This Issue: After New York state legalizes same-sex marriage, hundreds of couples marry
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2007: LINDSAY LOHAN'S DOWNWARD SPIRAL
Eleven days after completing a 46-day stint in rehab, Lindsay Lohan was arrested and charged with a DUI, driving with a suspended license and cocaine possession after chasing Michelle Peck, the mother of one of her assistants, through the streets of L.A. Lohan eventually pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to community service, alcohol education and three years probation. She eventually served 84 minutes in jail.
Also in This Issue: Laila Ali marries Curtis Conway, and the viral success of "Obama Girl" sparks a series of political campaign parodies
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2006: LANCE BASS COMES OUT
Five years after 'NSYNC broke up, Lance Bass finally decided to tell the world the secret that had been weighing on him for years: He's gay. "I knew that I was in this popular band, and I had four other guys' careers in my hand, and I knew that if I ever acted on it or even said [that I was gay], it would overpower everything," Bass told PEOPLE. Still, after coming out, Bass admitted, "I'm more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life."
Also in This Issue: Colin Farrell shares how his son James inspired him to get sober
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2005: JUDE LAW'S CHEATING SCANDAL
They were the hottest couple on either side of the pond, but Sienna Miller was left devastated when her fiancé, Jude Law, issued a public apology for cheating on her with his children's nanny. Though the couple attempted to save their relationship, they eventually split in November 2006. Miller and Law reconnected in 2009 but broke up once more in February 2011.
Also in This Issue: TLC's T-Boz and Chili open up about moving on after the death of their good friend and bandmate, Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes
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1992: PRINCESS DIANA'S BATTLE WITH BULIMIA
She managed to keep her struggles with an eating disorder private for years, but the pressure of living a public life and marital problems caused Princess Diana's battle with bulimia to become public knowledge. Still, as hard as it was to see her personal business become public, "Diana herself is far more balanced and mature [now]," Andrew Morton, a Diana biographer, told PEOPLE. "Having suffered much, she is now able to empathize with those who suffer far more. Whatever happens to her personally, it must be heartening for her to know that thousands of women have gone for help as a result of the publicity."
Also in This Issue: Whitney Houston marries RampB bad boy Bobby Brown, and Olivia Newton-John is diagnosed with breast cancer
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1990: PATRICK SWAYZE BECOMES HOLLYWOOD'S HOTTEST STAR
After spending years being typecast as the handsome bad boy, Patrick Swayze proved his talent – and earned a proper breakthrough role – with the release of the surprise summer smash Ghost. "Ghost was about living your life for the moment, because that's all you've got," he told PEOPLE. "If you don't communicate with the people you love, you set yourself up for incredible pain if you lose them."
Also in This Issue: Fifteen-year-old Kimora Perkis – now better known as Kimora Lee Simmons – takes the Paris runways by storm
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1989: SUMMER OF BREAKUPS, VOLUME 1
With everyone from Ben and Jen to Gwen and Gavin calling it quits this summer, it's hard to believe in love these days – and it was equally as hard in 1989, when some of Hollywood's biggest couples (including Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke, Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving, and Dennis Rodman and Annie Bakes) were going through very public and very expensive breakups.
Also in This Issue: Nearly 40 years after his death, Shoeless Joe Jackson is revealed to not have been involved in a conspiracy to throw the 1919 World Series after all
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1986: FERGIE AND ANDREW'S ROYAL WEDDING
On July 23, 1986, all of England gathered to watch the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, and Sarah Margaret Ferguson tie the knot in a lavish, fairy tale ceremony at Westminister Abbey (4-year-old Prince William served as a page).
Also in This Issue: Caroline Kennedy (daughter of Jackie and President Kennedy) marries Edwin Schlossberg
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1984: VANESSA WILLIAMS LOSES HER CROWN
Vanessa Williams was on top of the world when she was named Miss America 1984, but her world came crashing down when she was forced to abdicate her title after photographer Tom Chiapel sold nude photographs of her to Penthouse without her consent – and despite promising Williams they would never leave his studio. "My God. I'm only 21 years old and I'm sure I'll have an ulcer by the end of this year," Williams told PEOPLE. "I think this would have to be the worst thing that has happened in my life. But I can't go any place but up."
Also in This Issue: A teacher in Oklahoma sparks outrage after failing her entire first grade class for "immaturity and [lack of] self-discipline"
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1979: THE BEE GEES ARE THE KINGS OF DISCO
The '70s were synonymous with disco and there was one band that truly defined the genre: The Bee Gees. In the summer of 1979, if you were anyone, you were in the audience at one of Barry, Robin, Maurice's star-studded, sold-out arena tour.
Also in This Issue: Patti LuPone becomes an international superstar (and a theater legend in the making) by landing the title role in Evita on Broadway