In 1954 "Mr. Sandman" by Chordettes enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1961 The Crystals' single "Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby" is released.
In 1964 "Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison is certified gold.
In 1965 "I Hear a Symphony" by the Supremes and "I'm A Man" by the Yardbirds both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 Johnny Cash's "Live At Folsom Prison" is certified gold.
In 1970 Jim Morrison is sentenced to 6 months in jail and fined $500 for for exposing himself to a Miami crowd.
In 1971 "Brand New Key" by Melanie, "Got To Be There" by Michael Jackson and "Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1971 John Lennon's "Imagine" LP becomes the first to top the album charts in the both U.S. and Britain at the same time.
In 1972 Ray Charles appears on TV's "Bill Cosby Show."
In 1972 Elton John appears at a command performance benefit for the Queen of England, making him the first rock act be asked to appear in a royal variety show since the Beatles in 1963.
In 1973 John Lennon's album "Mind Games" is released, as is the title track as a single.
In 1978 NBC airs "Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park," a TV movie starring the members of Kiss.
In 1980 The Cars appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1981 The Rolling Stones' album "Tattoo You" is certified gold and platinum.
In 1982 "Africa" by Toto enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1982 "Who Can It Be Now?" by Men At Work is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 Linda Ronstadt makes her opera debut in "Lo Boheme" in New York.
In 1984 Dan Ackroyd and the late John Belushi, aka "The Blues Brothers," hit the 2 million dollar sales mark with their album, "Briefcase Full of Blues."
In 1984 Barry Manilow opens at Radio City Music Hall in New York and sets a box office record of $1.9 million.
In 1989 A federal jury awards Bette Midler $400,000 from an ad agency for using a soundalike singer in a car commercial.
In 1990 Police arrest Axl Rose for allegedly clubbing his next-door neighbor on the head with an empty wine bottle.
In 1991 Paul McCartney's first Classical music piece, "The Liverpool Oratorio," is performed on PBS by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
In 1995 David Bowie, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, the Shirelles and Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1996 Celine Dion's album "Colour Of My Love" goes quadruple platinum.
In 1997 The U.S. Senate passes the music industry's "La Cienega" bill, closing a loophole in the 1909 Copyright Act that put into peril most pre-1978 music copyrights.
In 1997 R.E.M. announces drummer Bill Berry would leave the group after 10 albums and 17 years.
In 1997 Led Zeppelin's album "BBC Sessions" is released.
In 1997 The Wallflowers' album "Bringing Down The Horse" is certified quadruple platinum.
In 1998 Chaka Khan signs copies of her new album "Come 2 My House" at Tower Records in New York's Greenwich Village.
In 1998 Celine Dion's CD "These Are Special Times" is released.
In 1998 Britney Spears' album and single "...Baby One More Time" are both released.
In 2001 Barbra Streisand releases "Christmas Memories," her first holiday album in 34 years.
In 2002 Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) is shot dead in the Jamaica section of Queens, NY.
In 2004 Shanna Moakler marries Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker.