Births1912: Burton Lane
1927: Stan Getz
1932: Arthur Lyman
1934: Clyde "Skip" Battin (Skip and Flip)
1940: Alan Caddy (The Tornados, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates)
1942: Graham Nash (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)
1946: Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers)
1947: Peter Lucia (Tommy James and the Shondells)
1949: Ross Valory (Journey)
Deaths1996: Gene Kelly
Events1956: The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records.
1957: Fats Domino makes an appearance on 's The Perry Como Show, singing his hits "Blue Monday" and "Blueberry Hill."
1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour, stopping this night at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. Admission: $1.25. The last song of the night: The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace."
1963: The Beatles begin their first British tour at the Gaumont in Bradford, opening up for singer Helen Shapiro.
1969: "Carl Perkins Day" is declared in Jackson, TN, where the singer moved with his family at 18.
1973: Emerson, Lake, and Palmer keyboard player Keith Emerson injures his hands when a rigged piano explodes prematurely during a San Francisco gig, leaving him with minor cuts and a broken fingernail.
1973: Elvis Presley meets boxer Muhammed Ali in Las Vegas, presenting him with a robe emblazoned with the words "The People's Champion." Ali responds by giving Elvis boxing gloves inscribed "You're the greatest" (left) and "To Elvis, my main man, from Muhammad Ali" (right). Ali recollects later: "I felt sorry for him because he didn't enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time. I told him he should go out and see people."
1973: NBC debuts The Midnight Special rock variety show, its response to ABC's popular In Concert series. The first host: Helen Reddy.
1992: Todd Rundgren and wife Michele become the proud parents of a son they name "Rebop."
1993: Willie Nelson settles his $17 million tax debt with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service by paying them nine million dollars in cash and assets already seized.
1999: Freddy Fender is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Releases1959: The Coasters, "Charlie Brown"
1959: Frankie Avalon, "Venus"
Recording1937: Guy Lombardo and His Orchestra, "Boo Hoo"
1957: Dale Hawkins, "Susie-Q"
1967: The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
1976: Elvis Presley: "Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall," "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Last Farewell"