Births1915: Dick Vance
1929: Berry Gordy, Jr.
1934: Ethel Ennis (The Benny Goodman Orchestra)
1939: Gary Troxel (The Fleetwoods)
1940: Bruce Channel, Glen Curtis (The Fortunes)
1943: Randy Newman
1944: R.B. Greaves
1948: Beeb Birtles (The Little River Band)
Deaths1971: Papa Lightfoot
1984: Don Addrissi (The Addrissi Brothers)
Events1944: The musical Meet Me in St. Louis, featuring Judy Garland, premieres in New York.
1964: Willie Nelson makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at the Marylebone Magistrates' Court, London, to answer charges of cannabis resin posession. John pleads guilty and is fined 150 pounds and 20 guineas.
1974: John Lennon appears onstage with Elton John at Madison Square Garden, honoring a promise he made that he'd appear if their duet, "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," hit #1. The duo sing their hit as well as the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There." Backstage, wife Yoko Ono meets John, ending John's 18-month separation from her, known as the "Lost Weekend." This was to be John's last appearance on stage, anywhere.
1977: Elvis: the Musical, starring Shakin' Stevens, opens in London.
1979: Ringo Starr's home in Los Angeles home burns down.
1992: HBO airs Neil Diamond's Christmas Special.
2001: Aretha Franklin sues a tabloid for $50 million after it claimed the singer had a drinking problem.
Releases1970: George Harrison, "My Sweet Lord"
1970: Elton John, "Your Song"
Recording1966: The Beatles, "Strawberry Fields Forever"
1967: The Beatles, The Beatles' Fifth Christmas Record
Certifications1966: The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral" is certified gold
1966: The Monkees' "I'm a Believer" is certified gold
1966: The Righteous Brothers' Soul and Inspiration album is certified gold
Charts1960: Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome To-night?" hits #1
1964: The Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack" hits #1
1964: Betty Everett's "Getting Mighty Crowded" enters the pop charts