In 1953 Marty Robbins first appears at the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1957 Johnny Cash makes his first network TV appearance on CBS's "Jackie Gleason Show."
In 1959 "American Bandstand" becomes daytime TV's top-rated show.
In 1959 "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by the Platters hits at #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1967 Lesley Gore ("It's My Party") appears on ABC-TV's "Batman" as guest villainess "Pussycat."
In 1967 Donovan's single "Mellow Yellow" goes gold.
In 1970 The soundtrack to "Easy Rider" is certified gold.
In 1971 "Helter Skelter" by the Beatles is played at Charles Manson's murder trial.
In 1973 ABC-TV's "In Concert" features Grand Funk at New York's Madison Square Garden.
In 1974 A Bob Dylan concert in Miami causes huge traffic jams.
In 1974 "Dark Lady" by Cher enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 "Show And Tell" by Al Wilson is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1976 Creedence Clearwater Revival's album "Chronicle" is released.
In 1976 The former members of the Beatles turn down an offer of $30 million by promoter Bill Sargent to play together again on the same stage.
In 1978 The Sex Pistols break up.
In 1979 Dire Straits' debut album is released.
In 1979 Blondie and Queen both perform on NBC-TV's "Midnight Special."
In 1980 "Another Brick In The Wall" by Pink Floyd and "Too Hot" by Kool & the Gang" both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1980 "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1980 Michael Jackson receives his first gold album for "Off The Wall."
In 1980 Pink Floyd's LP "The Wall" hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and remained there for 15 weeks.
In 1985 "California Girls" by David Lee Roth, "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon and "Private Dancer" by Tina Turner all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1986 Bruce Springsteen makes an unannounced appearance at an Ashbury Park, NJ, benefit for laid-off Freehold 3M plant workers.
In 1990 Reba McEntire makes her acting debut, playing a gun-totin' survivalist in "Tremors."
In 1991 "Someday" by Mariah Carey and "All This Time" by Sting both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1991 "Love Will Never Do Without You" by Janet Jackson is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1993 Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at President Clinton's inaugural ball.
In 1993 Anita Baker and Walter Bridgeforth Jr. become parents to sonWalter.
In 1993 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a $2.5 million award to Tom Waits over use of a "sound-a-like" artist to mimic his voice in a 1988 television commercial for the Frito-Lay company.
In 1994 The Band, the Animals, Duane Eddy, the Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Rod Stewart are inducted into the Rock& Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1995 "Turn The Beat Around" by Gloria Estefan is certified gold.
In 1997 Madonna is named Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role in "Evita" at the 54th annual Golden Globe Awards.
In 1998 The National Association of Chiefs of Police present Pat Boone with its first annual Michael the Archangel Award, recognizing his efforts supporting families of officers killed in the line of duty.
In 1998 Carl Perkins, 65, whose song "Blue Suede Shoes" influenced Elvis Presley, the Beatles and others, dies from complications following a series of strokes.
In 1999 The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a 1998 lawsuit brought by ticket buyers against Ticketmaster.
In 2000 Geffen Records sues Hole band members Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson for breach of contract, claiming the group still owed the label five albums under a 1992 deal.
In 2001 Travis Tritt performs at the Republican Texas Senators Ball in Washington, DC, part of the festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush.
In 2006 Legendary soul singer Wilson Pickett dies from a heart attack. He was 64.
In 2007 Singer/songwriter Denny Doherty, a member of the 1960s folk-rock quartet The Mamas and The Papas, dies at age 66.
In 2008 John Stewart, who wrote "Daydream Believer" sang "Gold" with Stevie Nicks, dies after suffering brain aneurism. He was 68.