In 1947 "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry enters the U.S. chart.
In 1955 Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes."
In 1957 "The Music Man," starring Robert Preston, opens on Broadway.
In 1958 Bobby Darin records "Mack The Knife" in New York.
In 1960 Frank Sinatra records "Ring-A-Ding-Ding" and "Let's Fall in Love" for Reprise Records, his own record label.
In 1960 "Calendar Girl" by Neil Sedaka enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1962 The Tamla-Motown Rock & Roll Show begins a 10-day run at New York City's Apollo Theatre. The show featured the Supremes, the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and the Contours.
In 1964 "Downtown" by Petula Clark enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964 "Come See About Me" by the Supremes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1967 "The Rain, The Park & Other Things" by the Cowsills and "Incense And Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock are both certified gold.
In 1969 John Lennon and Marshall McLuhan appear on CBS-TV to discuss communication.
In 1969 Mick Jagger is arrested in London for possession of marijuana. He's fined 200 pounds and released.
In 1970 President Nixon commends MGM's Mike Curb for taking the initiative in ridding the music business of drug users through his well-publicized dismissal of 18 MGM acts who supposedly advocated drug use.
In 1974 George Harrison is featured on the cover of Rolling Stone.
In 1975 C.W. McCall's novelty hit "Convoy" is certified gold.
In 1980 The Pointer Sisters host NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Supertramp and Harry Chapin.
In 1980 The film "9 To 5," co-starring Dolly Parton, opens nationally.
In 1981 The Rolling Stones' "Tatoo You" tour, estimated to have grossed $50 million in 50 days, closes in Hampton, Virginia.
In 1982 Bruce Springsteen's album "Nebraska" is certified gold.
In 1985 Johnny Paycheck shoots and wounds a man at a Hillsboro, Ohio, tavern after the man asked him if he'd ever eaten turtle meat.
In 1987 Both Paul Simon the musician, and presidential candidate Senator Paul Simon, appear on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."
In 1988 Johnny Cash and friend Waylon Jennings landed in the same hospital recovery room. Both had undergone heart bypass surgery, though six days apart.
In 1993 Original Byrds' member Michael Clarke, 49, dies of liver failure.
In 1994 Aerosmith closes its "Get A Grip" tour by playing at the group's new Boston club "Mama Kin Complex," named for one of the band's songs.
In 1994 Bon Jovi's album "Crossroad" is certified gold and platinum.
In 1996 Showtime announces it was making a cable TV movie of Elvis Presley's meeting with President Nixon at the White House on December 21, 1970 titled "Elvis Meets Nixon."
In 1996 The Beatles' album "The Beatles Anthology Volume 1" is certified platinum for the eighth time.
In 1997 Singer/founding member Marty Raybon makes his last appearance with Shenandoah at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.
In 1997 Part two of Oprah Winfrey's interview with Paul McCartney airs.
In 1997 Puff Daddy's album "No Way Out" goes quadruple platinum.
In 2000 Jody Watley's CD "Best Of Jody Watley-Millennium" is released.
In 2000 Death claims jazz bassist Milt Hinton at age 90, gospel singer Roebuck "Pops" Staples at age 85 and 10,000 Maniacs lead guitarist Rob Buck at age 42.
In 2002 Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville.
In 2004 Opera singer Renata Tebaldi dies at age 82.