On This Day


Rocker Bono

Full Name: Paul Hewson
Profession: Rocker


Biography: The lead singer of the Irish rock group U2 alongside band members Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton, and the Edge. The group formed as teenagers in 1976 and released their first album "Boy" in 1980.

Their third album "War" in 1983 had a strong focus on social and political issues and included the protest single "Sunday Bloody Sunday". It became the group's first No. 1 UK album pushing Michael Jackson's "Thriller" off the top of the charts.

1987's "The Joshua Tree" propelled them to international superstardom, backed up by their live shows. It remains one of the biggest-selling records ever. The band continues to experiment with their sound, going to incorporate electronic sounds and multimedia in their tours in albums such as "Achtung Baby" (1991).

The group have won over 20 Grammy awards and were indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, their first year of eligibility.

Bono has consistently involved himself in human-rights causes; supporting Amnesty International. In 2004 Bono founded the ONE Campaign to address extreme poverty and disease worldwide.

Born: May 10, 1960
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Age: 61 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Taurus

Married Life

  • 1982-08-21 British 'U2' lead singer Bono (22) weds activist and businesswoman Allison "Ali" Stewart (21) at All Saints Church, Raheny, Ireland

Historical Events

  • 1976-09-25 Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik, and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which becomes U2
  • 1979-09-01 U2 releases 1st record, an EP titled 'U2-3', available only in Ireland
  • 1983-02-28 U2 release their third studio album "War" featuring protest song "Sunday Bloody Sunday", their 1st No. 1 UK album
  • 1986-06-15 Amnesty International "Conspiracy of Hope" tour concludes with megaconcert at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey; participants include: U2; Sting; Bryan Adams; Peter Gabriel; Lou Reed; Neville Brothers; Joan Baez; Joan Armatrading; Joni Mitchell; The Police; Jackson Browne; Yoko Ono; Miles Davis; Peter, Paul & AMry; and The Hooters
  • 1987-03-09 U2 release their fifth album "The Joshua Tree" (Grammy for Best Album 1988)
  • 1988-03-02 30th Grammy Awards: Record of the year - Paul Simon "Graceland"; Album of the Year - U2 "The Joshua Tree"; Jody Watley Best New Artist
  • 1990-06-09 Red Hot Organization releases music album "Red Hot + Blue" featuring contemporary pop stars (including U2; Annie Lennox; Thompson Twins; SinĂ©ad O'Connor; Tom Waits) performing songs of Cole Porter to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV
  • 1991-12-09 2nd Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Boyz II Men & U2 win
  • 1992-08-29 Irish rock band U2 plays the 1st of two sold-out nights at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NYC
  • 2005-03-14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Buddy Guy; The O'Jays; The Pretenders; Percy Sledge; U2; Frank Barsalona; and Seymour Stein
  • 2005-07-02 Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, London, England; performers include Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Elton John, Sting, Madonna, The Who, Pink Floyd, and R.E.M.
  • 2011-06-22 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: U2, Coldplay, and BeyoncĂ© headline; other performers include B.B. King, Paul Simon, Mumford and Sons, Morrissey, and Wu-Tang Clan
  • 2013-07-17 U2 singer Bono is made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

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