In 1879 Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore" opens.
In 1940 Glenn Miller is informed by ASCAP that he couldn't use "Moonlight Serenade" as his band's theme song. He had to use "Slumber Song" instead, because of an ASCAP ban.
In 1945 Burl Ives makes his concert debut at New York's Town Hall.
In 1950 "Frosty The Snowman" by Gene Autry debuts on the U.S. chart.
In 1954 Nashville music publisher Fred Rose dies. Rose wrote the Country standard "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain."
In 1956 The Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide," based on "Voltaire," opens on Broadway.
In 1957 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly & the Crickets, and the Rays make their national television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1958 The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opens on Broadway.
In 1958 Neil Sedaka signs with RCA Records.
In 1958 Ricky Nelson is the first Rock & Roll performer to be featured on the cover of Life magazine.
In 1958 "To Know Him, Is To Love Him" by The Teddy Bears hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1965 The Miracles perform on TV's "Where The Action Is."
In 1966 The Mamas & Papas' self-titled album is certified gold.
In 1968 The Monkees' album "Head" is released.
In 1969 "Magic" Sam Maghett, best known for his 1964 recording of "High Heel Sneakers," dies after suffering a heart attack in Chicago at age 32.
In 1971 John Lennon & Yoko Ono's single "Happy Christmas (The War Is Over)" is released.
In 1972 Martha & the Vandellas give their farewell performance in Detroit.
In 1973 "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1973 "Top Of The World" by the Carpenters hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1975 Bette Midler celebrates her 31st birthday with an emergency appendectomy.
In 1975 "History - America's Greatest Hits" by America is certified gold.
In 1981 Depeche Mode co-founder Vince Clarke leaves the group to form Yazoo.
In 1983 Neil Young is sued by Geffen Records which claimed his albums were "not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic" of his previous albums.
In 1984 "Missing You" by Diana Ross and "Loverboy" by Billy Ocean both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1986 Lee Dorsey dies at age 59 from emphysema in New Orleans, LA.
In 1988 Steve Winwood becomes a father when wife Eugenia gives birth to daughter Elizabeth.
In 1990 Martika makes her acting debut playing a lounge singer on TV's "Wiseguy."
In 1990 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" by Whitney Houston is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1994 Tupac Shakur, still recovering from gunshot wounds, is convicted on charges of sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room.
In 1996 Elton John's "Love Songs" album is certified gold.
In 1997 A double album commemorating Princess Diana and featuring 36 songs by some of the world's best singers goes on sale to benefit the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
In 1998 Faith Hill's single "This Kiss" goes platinum, while Garbage's CD "Version 2.0" is certified gold.
In 1999 Stone Temple Pilots' album "No. 4" is certified gold, while Alan Jackson's CD "Under The Influence" goes gold and platinum.