On this day in rock history, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie left Fleetwood Mac following the conclusion of the Behind the Mask tour. The two returned in 1997, although McVie left again shortly thereafter.

A whole slew of albums have come out on Sept. 12 over the years. In 1975, Pink Floyd released Wish You Were Here, their tribute to founding member Syd Barrett, and Thin Lizzy put out Fighting. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), David Bowie's last record for RCA, featured "Ashes to Ashes," his sequel to "Space Oddity." Aerosmith's proved their comeback was no fluke with Pump.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers followed up their smash hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik with 1995's One Hot Minute. A four-CD boxed set by the Jimi Hendrix Experience surfaced. The compilation consisted entirely of previously unreleased studio and live takes recorded between 1966 and 1970. Paul McCartney's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard found him playing nearly all of the instruments himself and working with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Death Metallic saw Metallica return to their thrash metal roots.

And we also wish a happy birthday to Neil Peart. The celebrated drummer and lyricist for Rush was born in 1952.

Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.

News Anniversaries:
Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks leave Fleetwood Mac (1990)

Album Anniversaries:
Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here (1975)
Thin Lizzy, Fighting (1975)
David Bowie, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980)
Aerosmith, Pump (1989)
Red Hot Chili Peppers, One Hot Minute (1995)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (2000)
Paul McCartney, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)
Metallica, Death Magnetic (2008)

Birthdays:
Neil Peart (1952)

Paul McCartney Albums, Ranked Worst to Best