17th thru December 23rd
Tuesday December 17th
1903 Orville and Wilbur
Wright made the first flight in a heavier-than-air plane at
concluding that there was no evidence of extraterrestrial activity behind UFO
1969 An estimated 50 million
watched singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicky on the ‘Tonight Show.’
1975 A federal jury in
life in prison for her attempted assassination of President Ford. She was
paroled in 1999.
1982 The Who played their
final concert (at the time) at
1989 ‘The Simpsons’
premiered on Fox.
1999 Keith Richards stole a
guitar from a fan outside his birthday party at the Russian Tea Room in
record of 20 receptions in a single game.
2003 ‘The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King’ opened in theaters.
2005 Billboard declared that
U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005, with more than three million tickets sold
for their 90-date Vertigo tour, grossing $260m.
1949 Paul Rodgers, vocalist
for Free, Bad Company, The Firm, Queen, Solo
1956 Mike Mills, bassist for
Wednesday December 18th
1865 Slavery was abolished
with the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
1892 Tchaikovsky's ‘The
Nutcracker Suite’ premiered at
1961 The Philadelphia
Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points in a game against the L.A. Lakers.
1966 ‘How The Grinch Stole
Christmas’ premiered on CBS.
1968 John Lennon and Yoko
Ono hold a press conference while sitting in a bag at London's Royal Albert
Hall, at the Christmas party for the Underground Art Movement.
1976 The Steve Miller Band's
‘Fly Like An Eagle’ single was released.
1983 Keith Richards married
model Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday in
1997 Comic actor Chris
Farley died at 33.
2004 A Gibson SG played by
George Harrison and John Lennon sold for $570,000 at auction in
1943 Keith Richards, The Rolling
consisting of 11,000 soldiers, camped for winter at
1843 ‘A Christmas Carol’ by
Charles Dickens was published.
1917 The inaugural season of
the National Hockey League began.
1918 Robert Ripley began
writing his "Believe It or Not" column for the New York Globe.
1957 ‘The Music Man’ debuted
1971 ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ directed
by Stanley Kubrick, opened in theaters.
1972 Apollo 17 splashed down
in the Pacific, ending the Apollo program of manned lunar landings.
1975 Ronnie Wood was
officially announced as the Rolling Stones’ new guitarist.
1997 ‘Titanic,’ directed by
James Cameron, opened in theaters.
1998 President Clinton was
impeached on two counts by the House of Representatives for lying under oath to
a federal grand jury and obstructing justice.
2006 Journey names Jeff
Scott Soto as its new lead singer, replacing Steve Augeri, who left the band in
June after eight years due to throat problems.
Friday December 20th
1965 ‘The Dating Game’
1971 The Concert for
Bangladesh triple album, from the August 1st, 1971, benefits in New York
featuring George Harrison, Bob
Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and others, was released in
1975 Guitarist Joe Walsh
joined The Eagles, replacing Bernie Leadon, who left for a solo career.
General Manuel Antonio Noriega.
1996 Astronomer-author-TV host
Carl Sagan died at age 62.
1947 Peter Criss, former
1966 Chris Robinson, The
Black Crowes & solo singer
Saturday December 21st
1620 The Pilgrims aboard the
Mayflower went ashore at
1891 The first basketball
game, invented at
1898 Pierre and Marie Curie
1937 Disney's ‘Snow White,’
the first feature length color and sound cartoon, premiered in
1946 ‘It's a Wonderful Life,’
starring Jimmy Stewart, premiered.
1967 The Rolling Stones’ ‘Their
Satanic Majesties Request’ album was released in the
1969 Vince Lombardi coached
his last professional football game.
1970 Elvis Presley met with
President Nixon in the White House.
1978 Serial killer John Wayne
Gacy was arrested.
1985 Heart were No.1 on the
album chart with their self-titled album.
1988 A terrorist bomb
exploded aboard a Pan Am Boeing 747 over
2001 KISS made a guest voice
cameo on ‘Family Guy.’
Beethoven's ‘Fifth Symphony’ debuted in
1894 The United States Golf
Association (USGA) was founded.
1967 ‘The Graduate,’ starring
Dustin Hoffman, opened.
1968 Julie Nixon, the daughter
of President-elect Nixon, married David Eisenhower, the grandson of former
1971 ‘Dirty Harry,’ starring
Clint Eastwood, opened.
1978 Kenney Jones of The Faces
joined The Who as drummer, replacing Keith Moon who had died two months
1990 Former steel worker Lech
Walesa was sworn in as
2002 Former Clash singer-guitarist
Joe Strummer died of a suspected heart attack at age 50.
2008 A cassette tape of John
Lennon recording "drunk" sold at auction in
2010 The Abbey Road crossing
1950- Rick Nielsen, Cheap
Monday December 23rd
1888 Dutch painter Vincent
van Gogh, suffering from severe depression, cut off the lower part of his left
ear with a razor.
1823 The poem ’A Visit from
St. Nicholas’ (‘'Twas the night before Christmas’), written by either Clement
C. Moore or Maj. Henry Livingston Jr., was published in the Troy Sentinel of
1947 The transistor was
unveiled by American physicists John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain, and William
war leaders were hanged in
the Allied War Crimes Commission.
1966 Pink Floyd performed at
the opening of the UFO Club, which would become the center of
1968 John Lennon and Yoko
Ono play Santa and Mrs. Claus at a Christmas party in
Oakland Raiders with the last second "Immaculate Reception" touchdown
from Terry Bradshaw to Franco Harris.
1975 The Metric Conversion
Act was passed by Congress in an effort to change
1987 Roger Waters &
David Gilmour reached an agreement over the rights to Pink Floyd. Gilmour could
continue to use the Pink Floyd name & Waters would receive royalties for
trademarks such as the flying pig & retained the rights to ‘The Wall.’
1999 Cristin Keleher was
arrested and charged with burglary and theft for breaking into George
Harrison's home in
fridge, started some laundry and phoned her mother.
2005 Black Sabbath bassist
Geezer Butler offered reward money for information leading to the safe return
of Toga, a three-month-old penguin that had been stolen from a zoo on the
2007 The Police were named
as the highest earning touring group for the past year, bringing in nearly