1996 Chinese Democracy history: Slash officially leaves Guns N Roses, now focusing on the Snakepit. Its believed that many of Slashs songs with the Snakepit were songs written for Guns N Roses but rejected by Axl Rose. Of this time, Slash was quoted by the New York Times as saying, "It seemed like a dictatorship. We didn't spend a lot of time collaborating. He'd sit back in the chair, watching. There'd be a riff here, a riff there. But I didn't know where it was going." Soon after, drummer Matt Sorum and bassist Duff McKagan depart. The world outside of Chinese Democracy: Alanis Morissettes Jagged Little Pill wins a Grammy for album of the year, and Braveheart is announced as the best picture winner at the Oscars. Actress Abigail Breslin is born.
ANDREW COOPER, Associated Press
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