In 1963 Dinah Washington, 39, died of an overdose of sleeping pills.
In 1963 "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stays there for six weeks.
In 1964 Michael Brown of The Left Banke met Rene Fladen, who inspired him to write "Walk Away Rene" and "Pretty Ballerina."
In 1965 Frank Sinatra was featured on the cover of Look magazine.
In 1966 Chad & Jermey did a 2-part episode of ABC-TV's "Batman."
In 1967 The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1968 "Crimson & Clover" by Tommy James & the Shondells entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1968 "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 7 weeks.
In 1968 Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was certified gold.
In 1969 The Jackson Five made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing "I Want You Back."
In 1970 John Lennon's "Instant Karma" and George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" were certified gold.
In 1971 John Lennon & Yoko Ono played at a farewell party for UN secretary U. Thant.
In 1972 "Born to Boogie," a film starring Marc Bolan, directed by Ringo Starr with special guest Elton John, premieres in London.
In 1972 Alexander's department store in New York opened its doors after-hours so Alice Cooper could do his holiday shopping.
In 1972 "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Crofts was certified gold.
In 1973 Loggins & Messina hosted NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."
In 1974 Ginger Baker formed the Baker-Gurvitz Army with brothers Paul and Adrian Gurvitz.
In 1974 David Crosby & Graham Nash performed together in San Francisco at a benefit concert for the United Farm Workers and Project Jonah.
In 1974 "Lady" by Styx, "Some Kind Of Wonderful" by Grand Funk, and "Fire" by the Ohio Players all entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1978 Cheech & Chong appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1979 The Village People hosted NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."
In 1980 Yoko Ono asked for 10 minutes of nationwide silence following the murder of John Lennon 6 days earlier.
In 1982 The albums "A Merry Mancini Christmas" by Henry Mancini and "H2O" by Hall & Oates were both certified gold, while "Chicago 16" by Chicago goes platinum.
In 1983 "Making Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'" video was released.
In 1986 Elton John recorded a live album with the 88-piece Melbourne Orchestra on the last night of his Australian tour.
In 1990 Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation 1814" album was certified platinum for the fifth time.
In 1991 Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" CD debuted at #1 on Billboard's albums chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1993 "Eagles-Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" by the Eagles was certified multi-platinum (14).
In 1994 Bob Seger's "Greatest Hits" album went gold and platinum.
In 1995 White House classified documents were released revealing the FBI spied on John Lennon and his anti-war activities during the early 1970s in a possible attempt to have the former Beatle deported.
In 1995 Little Richard, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen are among those who performed on ABC-TV's "Sinatra: 80 Years My Way."
In 1996 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) presented Paul and Linda McCartney with the group's first Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1996 "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1998 R. Kelly's album "R." was certified gold and platinum.
In 1999 Paul McCartney and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Deep Purple's Ian Paice performed at the Cavern Club for the first time since his days with the Beatles.
In 1999 Christina Aguilera's video "Genie Gets Her Wish" and Ricky Martin's video "One Night Only" were released.
In 1999 "My Love Is Your Love" by Whitney Houston was certified platinum.
In 2000 The Jingle Ball 2000 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden was hosted by Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson.