1943 Country singer Duane Allen (of The Oak Ridge Boys) is born in Taylortown, Texas.
1936 Pop singer April Stevens is born Carol LoTempio in Niagara Falls, New York. She and her brother, Nino Tempo, will perform as a duo and win a Grammy Award for the 1963 single "Deep Purple."
1934 Blues guitarist and singer Otis Rush is born in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
1931 Lonnie Donegan, known as the King of Skiffle, is born Anthony James Donegan in Glasgow, Scotland.
1929 Latin jazz musician Ray Barretto is born in New York City.
1928 Rock and roll singer Carl Gardner (of The Coasters) is born in Tyler, Texas.
1899 Duke Ellington is born in Washington, D.C.
1798 Joseph Haydn's oratorio The Creation is first performed in Vienna in a concert for the city's aristocrats. The oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and Paradise Lost.
Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" marks the end of the Vietnam War as the American Radio Service plays the tune during the Fall of Saigon - a signal for American personnel to evacuate. Many songs were written in reaction to the war, which ramped up in the late '60s. A few songs, notably "Still in Saigon" by The Charlie Daniels Band and "Born In The U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen, explore the plight of veterans on their return home.Read more
2011 Prince William marries Catherine Middleton at a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. Ellie Goulding performs at the reception, singing a cover of Elton John's "Your Song" for the first dance. "It was all very secretive," Goulding said. "I thought I was a decoy for someone else."
1992 Paula Abdul marries actor Emilio Estevez in what at the time is an A-list union. The marriage lasts two years.
1976 Bruce Springsteen, fresh from playing a Memphis concert on his Born To Run tour, tries to climb over the fence at Elvis Presley's Graceland estate in an attempt to see Presley. He is escorted off the premises by guards who inform him the King is not at home.More
1933 Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas.
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