May 27, 1895 — Oscar Wilde begins his prison sentence

Oscar Wilde was one of the greatest English writers. He was persecuted for his homosexuality, and indeed, it was a conviction for being one who enjoyed “the love that dare not speak it’s name” that led to his arrival in Reading Gaol.

Wilde had been convicted on May 25 after a trial lasting almost exactly a month. He was first sent to Pentonville, then to Wandsworth, and finally transferred to Reading Gaol. His famous work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol was written about his experiences in prison after his release four years later.

A cartoon drawing of Wilde in a crowded courtroom
By UnknownThe Illustrated Police News, May 4 1895.
(Previously uploaded to the English language Wikipedia (log by Jack1956 (talk)), Public Domain, Link

As mentioned in:

Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves — Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer

May 27, 1996 — Xzibit releases “Paparazzi”

The first single from Xzibit’s first album, “Paprazzi” exists to deride those rappers who are not in it for the music, but for the fame and fortune. Xzibit, real name Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, was a big believer in art for art’s sake, and it shows in the lyrics of this song.

The song was a top ten hit on the Billboard US Rap chart, and also in Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It made the Billboard US Hot 100 also, reaching a high of 83. Not bad for a first timer.

Paparazzi XZ.jpg
By Derived from a digital capture of the album cover (creator of this digital version is irrelevant as the copyright in all equivalent images is still held by the same party). Copyright held by the record company or the artist. Claimed as fair use regardless., Fair use, Link

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Introbomb First (My Second Reply) — Makaveli