1997 Using a technique called circular breathing, Kenny G sets the Guinness World Record for longest note held on a wind instrument when he keeps it going for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. In 2017, the Nigerian player Femi Kuti breaks the record, going 51:35.
1959 Chuck Berry meets a young lady named Janice Escalanti in Juarez, Mexico (his band has a show in El Paso that night). After learning she is a runaway, Berry invites her on the tour and takes her back to St. Louis to work at his restaurant. Bad move: she's just 14, which puts Berry in violation of a law against transporting minors across state lines. When their arrangement doesn't work out, she goes to the police, who arrest Berry. He ends up serving 20 months in jail.
1957 It's a big night on Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly and the Crickets (performing "That'll Be The Day"), Sam Cooke (performing "You Send Me"), and The Rays (performing "Silhouettes") all perform for the first time on national TV.
2020 South Korea, which requires men to enlist in the military by the time they turn 28, passes a law to defer service for K-pop stars who have "elevated the country's cultural influence around the world" until age 30. This keeps BTS intact, as Jin turns 28 three days later.
2018 Nick Jonas marries Priyanka Chopra at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India.
2014 Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts quotes lyrics from Eminem's song "'97 Bonnie & Clyde" in making the case that a man threatening his estranged wife by writing violent rap lyrics and posting them on Facebook was protected by free speech. Roberts, who mentions lines like "Dada make a nice bed for mommy at the bottom of the lake," points out that Eminem made these kind of threats very often, and he and others should be allowed to do so if it is presented as art.
2012 Antonio de la Rua, former boyfriend (and former business manager) of Latin pop star Shakira, files a lawsuit for $100 million against her. The suit alleges that Shakira wouldn't have had the success she'd had without his help, and Rua seeks compensation for his management work.
2012 San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders declares "Peaceful Easy Feeling Day" in honor of Jack Tempchin, who wrote the Eagles hit in the city. The ceremony takes place at a hot dog joint called the Wienerschnitzel, where he wrote the last verse while waiting for his order. Tempchin is presented with a golden wiener at the event.
2009 Bluegrass musician Jack Cooke (of the Clinch Mountain Boys) dies of a massive heart attack at age 72.
2009 R. Kelly releases Untitled, his ninth studio album.
2005 At age 55, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top gets married for the first time, taking longtime girlfriend Gilligan Stillwater as his bride.
2005 Rocky Horror Picture Show is entered into the National Film Registry.
1995 An auction of his memorabilia nets Frank Sinatra over two million dollars.
1989 Christmas Vacation, starring Chevy Chase, hits theaters in the US, with a theme song written by the powerhouse songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and sung by Mavis Staples.
The Sex Pistols appear on the Today programme on London regional TV as a last-minute substitute for Queen. After being goaded by host Bill Grundy, they swear repeatedly, including the dreaded "F" word, shocking sensitive viewers.
It's clear from the start that Grundy has the group on simply to mock them, as they are exemplars of the punk movement, which journalists like him find reprehensible. Some girls from the group's entourage stand behind them during the segment. One of them is Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees, whom Grundy engages. "I've always wanted to meet you," she says. "We'll meet afterwards, shall we," he replies. This prompts guitarist Steve Jones to call him a "dirty old man," and it goes downhill from there. Grundy asks him to continue, so Jones calls him a "f--king rotter." The incident causes a media frenzy and leads to stricter enforcement of broadcast standards, pushing the punk movement even further to the fringes. It also establishes the Sex Pistols as authentic punk rock reprobates, something their label, EMI, decides isn't for them, and they drop the group in January.
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