In 1954 "Shake Rattle & Roll" by Bill Haley & the Comets becomes the first rock & roll single to reach the UK pop chart.
In 1957 Bobby Darin makes his first national TV appearance on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."
In 1961 Elvis Presley's LP "Blue Hawaii" hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 24 weeks (non-consecutive).
In 1962 The Beatles make their first British TV appearance on "People & Places" live from Manchester, England.
In 1965 The Supremes perform at the grand opening of the Houston Astrodome.
In 1966 "Snoopy And The Red Baron" by the Royal Guardsmen, "Nashville Cats" by the Lovin' Spoonful and "Standing in the Shadows Of Love" by the Four Tops all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1966 The Monkees perform both sides of their #1 two-sided hit "I'm A Believer" b/w "Steppin' Stone" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."
In 1969 50 million viewers watch singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicki on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson."
In 1969 "Chicago Transit Authority" is certified gold for the group of the same name (they later changed the name to Chicago).
In 1970 The Beach Boys play a command performance for Prince Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.
In 1970 George Harrison's album "All Things Must Pass" by is certified gold.
In 1971 David Bowie's first U.S. album, "Hunky Dory," is released.
In 1972 Pink Floyd begins a 4-night stand at London's Rainbow Theatre. They performed songs from the "Dark Side of the Moon" album, a full year before its release.
In 1977 Elvis Costello is a last-minute replacement for the Sex Pistols on "Saturday Night Live." When cast members taunt his band, Costello performs "Radio Radio" despite being warned not to.
In 1977 "Thunder Island" by Jay Ferguson enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1982 In her last public singing appearance, Karen Carpenter sings Christmas carols for children at a Sherman Oaks, CA, school.
In 1982 The Who play what is the "last concert of our farewell tour" at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.
In 1983 "An Innocent Man" by Billy Joel and "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 REO Speedwagon's single "Can't Fight This Feeling" is released.
In 1986 Paul McCartney escapes injury when his limo catches fire.
In 1986 Former Doobie Brothers members Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston reunite for a hospital benefit performance in Northern California.
In 1990 Olivia Newton-John appears in the TV movie "A Mom For Christmas."
In 1992 Paul McCartney and ABC said they were near a deal that would have the TV network airing two McCartney specials.
In 1993 Janet Jackson's album "Janet" goes platinum for the fifth time.
In 1994 Bon Jovi guitarist Ritchie Sambora marries actress Heather Locklear.
In 1994 Celine Dion marries manager Rene Angelli in Montreal.
In 1994 "Take A Bow" by Madonna enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1994 "Here Comes The Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1995 Sting and wife Trudie have a son, Giacomo Luke.
In 1996 Charlie Daniels and two of his band members have surgical procedures on the same day, in the same hospital.
In 1996 At a press conference, Celine Dion admits that her hectic schedule had kept her from her ultimate goal of becoming a mother.
In 1997 Robyn's single "Show Me Love" is certified gold.
In 1999 Saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. collapses and dies after taping a performance for CBS-TV's "The Saturday Early Show." He was 56.
In 1999 Country singer Rex Allen Sr. dies when he was accidentally hit with a car in his driveway. He was 78.
In 1999 Will Smith's album "Willennium" is certified gold, platinum and double platinum.
In 2002 Brad Paisley appears as a special guest on ABC-TV's "According to Jim."