• Kanye West’s The College Dropout was named best album and Franz Ferdinand’s “Take Me Out” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
  • The 4th Annual Village Voice Siren Music Festival. Death Cab for Cutie, Blonde Redhead, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Mission of Burma, Har Mar Superstar, TV on the Radio, Electric Six, The Fiery Furnaces, The Fever, Constantines, Vue, The Thermals, The Ponys, Your Enemies Friends and DJs Tommie Sunshine, Kento of IQU, Boozy Jo, Bag Lady and The Dustcommander perform on two stages.
  • The 9-11 Commission Report is released. It finds massive failures of intelligence leading up to the 9-11 attacks.
  • The first-ever Republican National Convention is held at Madison Square Garden. The convention faces unprecedented protests throughout the week, in which more than 1,800 people are arrested and many illegally fingerprinted and detained.
  • Pop-rocker Ashlee Simpson, little sister of MTV-Newlywed star Jessica Simpson, makes headlines after she’s caught lip-syncing on Saturday Night Live. When her already-performed opening song, “Pieces of Me” starts replaying before she has lifted her microphone, Simpson performs a nervous jig-dance and runs off the stage.
  • The Museum of Modern Art reopens to the public following the most extensive renovation project in its 75-year history.
  • The Voice mourns the passing of John B. Evans, former publisher.
  • The Voice mourns the passing of Jack Newfield, former reporter.
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