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1976 It's a Spinal Tap moment for Pink Floyd when during the shoot for their Animals album cover, a 40-foot inflatable pig being photographed at Battersea Power Station on the River Thames in London breaks free. Pilots in the area are warned of a pig loose in the skies, which reaches a height of 18,000 feet before coming down in Kent.More

1976 Bob Marley is shot in the upper arm when intruders storm his house in Kingston, Jamaica, attempting to assassinate the singer. The attack was motivated by politics, as elections in Jamaica were days away and Marley was seen as supporting the ruling party. Marley made a full recovery and never had the bullet removed, as he was told that the operation could cause him to lose movement in his fingers.

1973 Ringo Starr releases "You're Sixteen" in the US.

1971 "This Is How We Do It" singer Montell Jordan is born in Los Angeles, California.

1971 Deep Purple arrive in Montreux, Switzerland to record their Machine Head album at the Montreux Casino. It doesn't go as planned: The casino burns down the next day and they end up recording in a hotel using the Rolling Stones' mobile unit. They tell the tale in the song "Smoke On The Water."

1968 The Grass Roots' "Midnight Confessions" is certified gold.

1968 Cream's Fresh Cream album is certified gold.

1968 Iron Butterfly's In-a-Gadda-da-Vida album is certified gold.

1968 Aretha Franklin's Aretha Now album is certified gold.

1968 The O'Kaysions' "Girl Watcher" is certified gold.

1967 The Supremes guest star on "Tennessee" Ernie Ford's TV special.

1966 The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral" hits #1.

1966 The Monkees, who are stars thanks to their TV show, play their first concert. About 8,000 screaming fans show up for the performance in Honolulu, confirming their status as real-life superstars.

1966 Having been convicted of heroin and marijuana possession, Ray Charles is given a five-year suspended sentence and fined $10,000.

1960 The Lerner and Loewe play Camelot, featuring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, opens at the Majestic Theatre in New York City.

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Adam Sandler Introduces "The Chanukah Song" On Saturday Night Live

1994

Adam Sandler performs "The Chanukah Song" on the Weekend Update segment of Saturday Night Live, enlightening us to the fact that Harrison Ford, Paul Newman and David Lee Roth (among many others) are, in fact, Jewish. Released as a single the following year, the song reaches #10 US and becomes a seasonal favorite.

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