In 1948 "All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)" by Spike Jones enters the U.S. charts.
In 1954 Sammy Davis, Jr. is involved in a serious auto accident in San Bernardino, CA. 3 days later, Davis lost the sight in his left eye.
In 1957 WCFL in Chicago is picketed by the local Elvis Presley fan club when it bans Presley's records.
In 1964 Gary Lewis & the Playboys record "This Diamond Ring."
In 1965 The Who's lead singer Roger Daltry walks out of a performance in London's Glad Rags Ball because of sound problems.
In 1966 "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra and "(I Know) I'm Losing You" by the Temptations both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1966 "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1968 The Supremes play a royal command performance before QueenElizabeth II in London.
In 1970 James Brown, marries Deidre Yvonne Jenkins on the front porch of her Barnwell, SC, home.
In 1970 "Frank Sinatra's Greatest Hits" album by Frank Sinatra goes gold.
In 1971 "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" by Cher is certified gold.
In 1976 Kansas' single "Carry On Wayward Son" is released.
In 1976 Van Morrison's album "Moondance" is certified gold.
In 1977 Leon Redbone is the musical guest on NBC-TV's "Saturday NightLive."
In 1977 "Peg" by Steely Dan enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1979 Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 2 months for tax evasion.
In 1986 Billy Joel donates proceeds from his anti-suicide single "You're Only Human" to the National Committee On Youth Suicide Prevention.
In 1988 "Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1989 Clarence Clemmons, Carole King and Billy Preston play compulsive shoppers on the "Tracey Ullman Show."
In 1990 Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because other singers had lent their voice to the "Girl You Know Its True" album. It's the first time a Grammy had ever been taken back.
In 1991 Nirvana's single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is released.
In 1992 Linda Ronstadt guest stars on Fox TV's "The Simpsons."
In 1992 The Police's album "Every Breath You Take-The Singles" is certified triple platinum.
In 1993 Nirvana records an MTV Unplugged concert in New York.
In 1994 "On Bended Knee" by Boyz II Men enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1995 Hootie & the Blowfish are among the celebrities who paid tribute to Frank Sinatra at a concert celebrating his upcoming 80th birthday.
In 1995 Part 1 of the 3-part "Beatles Anthology" mini-series airs on ABC-TV attracting more than 47 million viewers.
In 1996 Prince releases his 3-CD album "Emancipation."
In 1997 The U.S. premiere of Paul McCartney's "Standing Stone" is played in Carnegie Hall by St. Luke's Orchestra.
In 1997 Johnny Cash is listed in serious but stable condition at Baptist Hospital in Nashville after contracting double pneumonia. Cash had announced the previous month that he was suffering from Shy-Drager Syndrome, a form of Parkinson's Disease.
In 1997 Stevie Nicks' album "The Other Side Of The Mirror" is certified platinum, while Matchbox Twenty's CD "Yourself Or Someone Like You" goes triple platinum.
In 1997 Leann Rimes' album "The Early Years" is certified gold, platinum and double platinum.
In 1998 Natalie Imbruglia's concert at the London Forum is cyber-cast live.
In 1999 Jewel pulls the plug on her anticipated New Year's Eve concert in Anchorage, Alaska, citing possible Y2K problems among lagging ticket sales.
In 1999 The Eurythmics album "Peace" is certified gold.
In 2002 Michael Jackson makes an appearance outside his Berlin hotel and briefly held his youngest child, Prince Michael II, over a fourth-floor balcony in front of dozens of fans waiting below.
In 2017 Country music legend Mel Tillis dies of respiratory failure. He was 85.