1980 Mark David Chapman buys a .38 revolver at a gun store in Honolulu for $169. On December 8, he uses it to kill John Lennon.
1973 Gladys Knight and the Pips' "Midnight Train To Georgia" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1970 Black Sabbath begin their first US tour.
1969 The Beatles' LP Abbey Road is certified gold.
1967 Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots is born Scott Richard Kline in San Jose, California. His parents divorce when he is two years old, and he becomes Scott Weiland after his mother marries Dave Weiland.
1964 Sonny (31-year-old Salvatore Bono) and Cher (18-year-old Cherilyn Sarkisian), exchange vows and wedding rings in their first home. Their publicity materials cite this as the day of their wedding, but the duo does not officially marry until 1969.
1964 The Supremes release "Come See About Me."
1962 The Rolling Stones record their first demos in London at Curly Clayton Studios, recording covers of songs by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley. The demos get little interest when they shop them to record companies.
1958 Simon Le Bon (lead singer for Duran Duran) is born near Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. He joins the band in 1980 as a replacement for Stephen Duffy - turning up for his audition in a pair of pink leopard print pants.
Bruce Springsteen appears on the covers of both Time and Newsweek amid acclaim for his third album, Born To Run.Read more
1995 Copycat debuts in US movie theaters. Harry Connick, Jr. plays a murderer who terrorizes Sigourney Weaver and mentors a budding serial killer in the psychological thriller. It's quite a departure for the smooth singer of love songs.
1993 Glenn Frey's TV series South of Sunset makes its debut on CBS. Frey plays Cody McMahon, a security chief/bodyguard who starts a detective agency in Hollywood.More
1980 Steve Took, original percussionist of T. Rex, dies in New Kensington, London, at age 31. Although he had taken drugs, his official cause of death was asphyxiation after inhaling a cocktail cherry.
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