1967 The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" hits #1 in America for the first of four weeks.
1967 American Breed's "Bend Me Shape Me" enters the pop charts.
1967 The Monkees' Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones album hits #1.
1963 Connie Francis records "In The Summer Of His Years," which was inspired by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1962 Andy Williams records "Can't Get Used To Losing You."
1961 Elvis Presley fills in an automobile insurance form. He lists a 1950 Chevy one-ton truck, a pink 1955 Cadillac Sedan, a 1958 Harley-Davidson and a 1960 Rolls-Royce.
1960 Rick Savage (bass guitarist for Def Leppard) is born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1957 Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.
1950 Phil Harris' "The Thing" hits #1.
1950 Country singer John Wesley Ryles is born in Bastrop, Louisiana. He makes his debut with the 1968 hit single "Kay."
1942 Ted Bluechel Jr. (drummer, guitarist for The Association) is born in San Pedro, California.
1941 Tom McGuinness (guitarist for Manfred Mann) is born in Wimbledon, South London, England.
1918 Milton DeLugg is born in Los Angeles, California. Aside from being a talented accordionist, he writes the Nat King Cole hit "Orange Colored Sky," and composes music for popular game shows such as The Newlywed Game, The Dating Game, The Gong Show, and What's My Line?
1917 Jazz singer Sylvia Syms is born Sylvia Blagman in Brooklyn, New York. In 1956 she lands her breakthrough hit with a cover of "I Could Have Danced All Night."
Michael Jackson's 14-minute "Thriller" video debuts on MTV. Directed by John Landis, the short film shows Michael Jackson turning into a werewolf and leading a dance routine with various undead creatures.Read more
1999 Jay-Z stabs the record executive Lance "Un" Rivera at a party at Manhattan's Kit Kat Klub, believing Rivera bootlegged his album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter. The rapper pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault and is sentenced to three years probation.
1995 "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey's duet with Boyz II Men, hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and holds the top spot for a record 16 weeks.
1981 Britney Spears is born in McComb, Mississippi. She is raised in Louisiana.
1957 Al Priddy, a disc jockey at the Portland, Oregon, radio station KEX, is fired for playing the Elvis Presley version of "White Christmas," which the station has banned, their program manager saying it "desecrates the Spirit of Christmas and transgresses the composer's intent." The story makes national news, but it turns out to be a brilliant publicity stunt - Priddy is back on the air two weeks later, with the station claiming letters were pouring in to support the DJ. As part of the stunt, Priddy recorded the GM calling in to "fire" him for playing the song and played the conversation on his show before he left.
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