She pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager, releasing her debut
album in 2001, then moved to Los Angeles to venture into secular music.
After signing to Capitol Records in 2007, she rose to fame in 2008 with
the release of the single "I Kissed a Girl" from her second album, One
of the Boys. Perry's third album, Teenage Dream (2010), became the first
by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 songs.
Her fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013 and included the number-
one singles "Roar" and "Dark Horse". Perry has received many awards and
nominations, and been included in the Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women
In Music" for 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has sold 11 million albums and
81 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists
of all time. She made her film debut voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs in
2011, and released a documentary film in 2012, which concentrated on her
life as a touring artist and the dissolution of her brief marriage to
English actor and comedian Russell Brand in the early 2010s.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katy_Perry>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The Dutch sailing ship Eendracht reached Shark Bay on the
western coastline of Australia, as documented on the Hartog Plate etched
by explorer Dirk Hartog.
Crimean War: Lord Cardigan led his cavalry to disaster in the
Battle of Balaclava.
The Zinoviev letter, later found to be a forgery, was published
in the Daily Mail, helping to ensure the British Labour Party's defeat
in the UK general election four days later.
Heinrich Himmler ordered a crackdown on the Edelweiss Pirates,
a nonconformist youth group that assisted army deserters and others
hiding from the Nazis.
Windows XP, one of the most popular and widely used versions of
the Microsoft Windows operating system, was released.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Truly, doubtlessly, in truth.
2. Confidently, certainly.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: "To
every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late. And how can man die
better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the
temples of his gods, And for the tender mother Who dandled him to rest,
And for the wife who nurses His baby at her breast, And for the holy
maidens Who feed the eternal flame, To save them from false Sextus That
wrought the deed of shame?"
--Thomas Babington Macaulay
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