3rd thru December 9th
Tuesday December 3
1910 French physicist
Georges Claude displayed the neon lamp for the first time at the Paris Motor
1931 Alka-Seltzer was
introduced by the Dr. Miles Medicine Company.
1947 Tennessee Williams'
play, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’ opened on Broadway.
1965 Keith Richards was
knocked unconscious by an electric shock from an ungrounded microphone on stage
1967 Lewis Washkansky
received the first human heart transplant in
inches in an attempt to improve scoring. The strike zone was also reduced from
the knees to the shoulders to the top of the knees to the armpits.
1969 Andrew Lloyd Webber and
Tim Rice offered John Lennon the title role in the rock opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’
Lennon declined but said he would have been interested if wife Yoko One could
play Mary Magdalene. The offer was withdrawn the following day.
1973 Ringo Starr released his second consecutive No. 1
single, ‘You're 16.’
1976 The 40-foot-long
inflatable pig being photographed for the cover of Pink Floyd's ‘Animals’ broke loose from its mooring
at Battersea Power Station in
before finally coming down in
1979 11 died and another 26
were injured in a stampede to claim unreserved seats at The Who’s concert at
1992 Bill Wyman told MTV
Europe that he "had it" and quit The Rolling Stones.
1999 A young man returned
Bono’s missing computer after he discovered he had the laptop, which contained
lyrics for the forthcoming U2 album.
1948 Ozzy Osbourne, Black
Sabbath and solo vocalist
Wednesday December 4th
1918 President Wilson became
the first chief executive to travel outside the
1971 The Montreux Casino in
incident inspired Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water.’
1973 Space probe Pioneer 10
1976 Tommy Bolin, guitarist
for Deep Purple and The James Gang, was found dead at age 25 in a
1980 Led Zeppelin publicly
announced they’re disbanding following the death of drummer John Bonham.
1991 Pan American World
Airways ceased operations.
1992 President George H.
aid to starving Somalis.
1997 The NBA suspended the
Golden State Warriors’ Latrell Sprewell for one year after he attacked
Warriors’ coach P.J. Carlesimo.
1997 The original lineup of
Black Sabbath reunited in
2001 John Mellencamp
received the Century Award at the Billboard Music Awards in
2001 KISS was given the New
York Heroes Award by the
chapter of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Thursday December 5th
1848 President Polk
triggered the Gold Rush Of 1849 by confirming that gold had been discovered in
1933 The 21st Amendment to
the Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end
to prohibition era.
1985 ‘Beverly Hills Cop,’
starring Eddie Murphy, opened in theaters.
1991 Guitarist Gilby Clarke
played his first show as replacement for Izzy Stradlin in Guns N' Roses.
2004 U2’s ‘How to Dismantle
an Atomic Bomb’ entered the album chart at No. 1.
2008 OJ Simpson was
sentenced to 15 to 27 years in prison in a
1960 Jack Russell, Great
Friday December 6th
1865 The 13th Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified.
1884 Army engineers
completed construction of the
1877 Thomas Edison makes the
first sound recording, reciting ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ onto a cylinder.
1923 The first presidential
address broadcast on radio occurred, as President Coolidge spoke to a joint
session of Congress.
1964 ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed
Reindeer’ first aired on NBC.
1968 The Rolling Stones
released the ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ album.
1969 The ill-fated Altamont
Festival was held in
and killed by Hell's Angels who'd been hired as security. One other man
drowned, two men were killed in a hit-and run accident and two babies were
1970 ‘Gimme Shelter,’ the
film about the Rolling Stones' 1969 U.S tour, opened.
1973 Gerald R. Ford is sworn
in as Vice President after the resignation of Spiro Agnew.
1980 U2 performed their
first North American concert at The Ritz in
1986 Ringo Starr became the
first Beatle to get into advertising after signing a seven-figure deal to be
the spokesperson for a wine cooler company.
1992 Jerry Rice of the
breaking the record for most career touchdowns previously held by Steve
1993 Travis Tritt taped a
video for his version of ‘Take It Easy.’ The Eagles appeared in the video,
which helped kick-start a reunion.
1994 The Beatles’ ‘Live at
the BBC’ was released by Capitol in the
performances of their early hits and covers.
2002 Steven Tyler played
himself and Santa Claus on an episode of the Disney Channel’s ‘Lizzie McGuire.’
2002 Guns N' Roses canceled
a show in
2005 Valerie Bertinelli
filed for divorce from Eddie Van Halen. The couple, who had been married for 20
years, had separated in 2001.
2005 Queen guitarist Brian
May received his Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire (
1956 Peter Buck, R.E.M.
1956 Randy Rhodes, Quiet
Riot/Ozzy Osbourne guitarist
Saturday December 7th
1796 John Adams was elected
the second President of the
1939 Lou Gehrig was elected
to the Baseball Hall Of Fame. The required waiting period was waived due to his
1941 The Japanese attacked
1963 Instant replay was used
for the first time during the Army-Navy football game on CBS TV.
1969 ‘Frosty The Snowman’
first aired on CBS.
1969 Led Zeppelin made their
debut on the
1991 U2 were No.1 on the
album chart for the 3rd time with 'Achtung Baby.’
1993 Jimmy Page was inducted
into the Hollywood Rock Walk.
1993 Guns N' Roses announced
they will keep the Charles Manson song, ‘Look At Your Game, Girl’ on their
covers album, ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’ Royalties from the song will go to the
son of one of Manson's victims.
1999 The Eagles’ ‘Greatest
Hits, 1971-1975’ was named "Best Selling Album of the Century" by the
RIAA, with sales of 26 million.
2001 The remake of ‘Ocean's
Eleven,’ starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts,
2008 Roger Daltrey &
Pete Townshend received the Kennedy Center Honors.
Sunday December 8th
1775 Col. Benedict Arnold
and Gen. Richard Montgomery began an American siege of
Championship game 73-0, the largest margin of defeat in NFL history.
1941 Congress declared war
1952 An episode of ‘I Love
Lucy’ aired in which “Lucy Ricardo” became the first television character to
announce being pregnant.
1969 After eight hours of
deliberation at his
Jimi Hendrix not guilty of drug charges after he testified that he had
1980 John Lennon was shot
and killed in
Mark David Chapman.
1984 After 29 years on the
air, the last episode of ‘Captain Kangaroo’ aired.
1984 Bryan Adams made his
2nd appearance on American Bandstand, performing ‘Run to You’ & ‘Kids Wanna
1987 Ron Hextall of the
Philadelphia Flyers became the first
1987 President Reagan and
Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty to reduce nuclear
1997 Mick Jagger and Jerry
Hall have a son who they name Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger.
2000 Sting’s star was
unveiled on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1943 Jim Morrison, Doors
1947 Gregg Allman, Allman
1957 Phil Collen, Def
Monday December 9th
1854 Alfred Lord Tennyson's
poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade,’ was published.
1965 ‘A Charlie Brown
Christmas’ first aired on CBS.
1966 Eric Clapton and Cream
released their debut album ‘Fresh Cream.’
1967 Jim Morrison was
arrested during a Doors concert in
his treatment by the
1974 George Harrison
released ‘Dark Horse’ in the
1974 John Lennon appeared on
‘Monday Night Football’ and talked sports with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell.
1983 ‘Scarface,’ starring Al
Pacino, opened in theaters.
1992 British Prime Minister
John Major announced the formal separation of Charles and Diana.
1992 Rolling Stones’ bassist
Bill Wyman quit after a 30 year tenure with the band.
1992 Marines arrived in
restoring order in the conflict-ridden country.
1992 Tom Petty presented
George Harrison the first Billboard Century Award.
1993 Astronauts completed
repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
1995 The Beatles’ ‘Anthology
1’ entered the album chart at No. 1, the first of three weeks at No.1.
2000 U2 made their first
appearance on 'Saturday Night Live,' performing ‘Beautiful Day’ and
2003 Ozzy Osbourne broke his
collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck in a quad-bike accident.