In 1911 The Richard Strauss opera "Der Rosenkavalier" premieres in Dresden, Germany.
In 1938 Benny Goodman opened at the Paramount Theatre in New York.
In 1946 "Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow" by Vaughn Monroe was #1 on the charts.
In 1956 Buddy Holly began his first recording session in Nashville.
In 1958 Buddy Holly and the Crickets made their second appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" performing "Oh Boy." Jimmie Rodgers also appears and sings "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine."
In 1962 Buffalo's Catholic Dioceses banned "The Twist" from Catholic schools.
In 1963 "Walk Like A Man" by the Four Seasons entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1963 "Walk Right In" by the Rooftop, Singers hit #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1966 The Animals' Eric Burdon sang lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a London concert.
In 1970 Elvis Presley returned to Las Vegas to open his second month-long run in six months.
In 1970 John Lennon recorded "Instant Karma," produced by Phil Spector.
In 1974 "Sunshine On My Shoulders" by John Denver entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1974 "You're Sixteen" by Ringo Starr was #1 on the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1975 The BBC aired a documentary on David Bowie titled "Cracked Actor."
In 1977 Fleetwood Mac founder/guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital after attacking his accountant with an air rifle while being served a $30,000 royalty check that Green refused.
In 1978 Bob Dylan appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1978 The Bee Gee's single "Stayin' Alive" was certified gold.
In 1979 The Village People performed "YMCA" on NBC-TV's "Midnight Special."
In 1979 The Moody Blues' album "Octave" was certified platinum.
In 1980 Frank Sinatra played before the largest audience ever gathered for a single performer, 175,000 in Rio De Janeiro.
In 1980 Prince made his TV debut on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."
In 1980 The B-52's song "Rock Lobster" on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."
In 1980 "Desire" by Andy Gibb entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1981 "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar and "The Tide Is High" by Blondie were both certified gold.
In 1984 Michael Jackson suffered second-degree burns to his scalp when his hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial in Los Angeles.
In 1985 "Only The Young" by Journey and "High On You" by Survivor both entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1987 Whitney Houston won 5 American Music Awards, Lionel Richie won 4, and Madonna accepted the video award.
In 1988 The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" opened at Broadway's Majestic Theatre.
In 1989 Columbus, GA, police pulled Bobby Brown offstage and arrested him for violating an anti-lewdness law after doing a "suggestive" dance.
In 1990 Simon & Garfunkel's album "Collected Works" and Alannah Myles' single "Black Velvet" were released.
In 1991 Willie Nelson's holdings were auctioned to satisfy the singer's $16 million IRS debt. However, no bids were entered because the asking prices were too high.
In 1991 "Coming Out Of The Dark" by Gloria Estefan entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1991 "The First Time" by Surface hit #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1992 Harry Connick Jr. sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXVI.
In 1995 Joni Mitchell made a rare concert appearance at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum theater in Los Angeles.
In 1996 Foo Fighters' album "Foo Fighters" was certified platinum.
In 1997 Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, 33, and medical student Skylar Satenstein, 25, married in Las Vegas.
In 1997 The Blues Brothers, James Brown, and ZZ Top performed at the halftime Super Bowl XXXI.
In 1998 The Spice Girls came up big at the 25th annual American Music Awards, winning in all 3 categories for which the group was nominated.
In 1999 The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that John Denver died in a 1997 airplane crash because he took off with too little fuel in one tank and inadvertently put his plane into a roll while switching to his backup tank.
In 1999 Collective Soul's album "Dosage" was released.