Today in Madonna History: May 30, 2003

 

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On May 30, 2003, Callaway Editions announced that Madonna would make publishing history as her children’s book, “The English Roses” would be released simultaneously worldwide in 30 languages in 100 countries.

“The English Roses” is a children’s picture book written by Madonna and illustrated by Jeffrey Fulvimari, which later became a series of children’s books by both artists. The books are about the life of five schoolgirls in London and their problems.

Today in Madonna History: May 29, 1990

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On May 29, 1990, Toronto police threatened to arrest Madonna on the grounds of lewd and obscene behavior for the “Like A Virgin” masturbation sequence in her Blond Ambition concert.  The show went on unaltered, and no charges were made after the tour manager gave the police an ultimatum: “Cancel the show, and you’ll have to tell 30,000 people why.”

Madonna performed 3 sold-out concerts at the SkyDome, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Today in Madonna History: May 28, 2008

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On May 28, 2008, Madonna learned that she was officially going to be allowed to adopt David Banda.  The High Court in Malawi granted Madonna permanent adoption of 2-year-old David Banda.  Madonna’s lawyer said, “We are very happy with what the judge has ruled. Finally the court has granted Madonna full adoption rights of the boy…It’s all over, thank God. It is a positive and beautiful judgment that will have an impact on Malawi’s adoption laws.”

Today in Madonna History: May 24, 1988

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On May 24, 1988, “Madonna – Ciao Italia: Live From Italy” was released on home video and laserdisc.

The release featured a combination of footage from her shows in Turin, Italy (September 4 1987), the tour’s final date in Florence, Italy (September 6 1987), along with additional clips from an earlier show in Tokyo (June 22 1987). The full Turin concert had been previously broadcast in Europe, while the complete Tokyo performance was issued exclusively in Japan on VHS and laserdisc six months prior to the release of “Madonna – Ciao Italia: Live From Italy”.