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Kurt Cobain was a true rock star for three years, and 18 trips through the calendar after his death, we remember the shocking news and still feel his ground-shifting impact on music. Those are perhaps the two most important, telling numbers, but here are some more facts and figures that help put his career and legacy in context.
2/20/1967: Cobain’s birthday.
9: Cobain’s age when his parents divorced, setting in motion a depression and isolation that would mark the rest of his life.
1987: The year Nirvana formed in Washington state.
12: The number of people at Nirvana’s first show.
10: The number of times their seminal album Nevermind went platinum, equaling 10 million albums sold.
75 million: Number of albums sold worldwide.
9: Number of times Cobain shouts “A denial!” at the end of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
4: Number of Nirvana’s chart-topping albums in the U.S.: Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York and From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah.
253: Weeks Nevermind spent on the Billboard 200.
6: Grammy nominations for the band.
0: Grammys won by Nirvana while Cobain was alive; they won best live album for Unplugged in New York in 1996, nearly two years after his death.
1/12/1990: Cobain meets Courtney Love.
1991: Cobain and Love began dating.
8/18/1992: Frances Bean, Cobain’s daughter with Love, is born.
9/25/1993: Nirvana appears as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
$50 million: The estimated annual income of his estate, as of 2007.
2005: Year Nevermind was added to the Library of Congress.
4/5/1994: Estimated date Cobain committed suicide.
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