1978 Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel dies of a pulmonary embolism in a hospital near Paris, France, at age 49.
1976 #1 on the Hot 100 is a disco version of a classical favorite: "A Fifth Of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band.
1973 Paul Simon's "Loves Me Like A Rock" is certified Gold.
1972 The Cream compilation Heavy Cream is released in the UK.
1971 Van Morrison releases "Wild Night."
1969 PJ Harvey is born Polly Jean Harvey in Bridport, Dorset, England.
1969 BBC's Top Of The Pops refuses to play the #1 hit in the country for the first time. The song, Serge Gainsbourg's "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus," is considered one of the first "orgasm records," that is, one of the first to feature heavy female breathing and moaning.
1967 Doc Severinsen, already a member of the house band on NBC-TV's Tonight Show, replaces Skitch Henderson as its leader.
1965 The Beatles' "Yesterday" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1965 The Ohio State University marching band plays "Hang On Sloopy" for the first time when their football team takes on Illinois. It soon becomes an OSU favorite, and in 1985 is designated the state song of Ohio.
1964 Bobby Darin begins filming his eighth movie, That Funny Feeling (co-starring with wife Sandra Dee), in Hollywood.
On what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday, a section of Central Park in New York City is christened "Strawberry Fields" in his memory.Read more
2007 Josh Groban releases his Christmas album Noël. It becomes the top-selling album of 2007 and one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time.
2006 During a concert at Madison Square Garden, Barbra Streisand makes some disparaging remarks about President Bush. An audience member yells, "What is this, a fund raiser?" and Streisand stuns the crowd with her retort: "Why don't you shut the f--k up."
2001 U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and electronica maven Moby make unannounced appearances in New York at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.
1984 The extraordinarily popular children's show Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends begins its run on BBC-TV, featuring a narrator by the name of Ringo Starr.
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