1949: The No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit is Frankie Laine’s “That Lucky Old Sun.”
1957: The No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit is Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock.”
1958:records the single “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
1961: The Beatles join Gerry and the Pacemakers for a concert in Liverpool.
1963: The Greatest Record Show kicks off at Finsbury Park Astoria in London, featuring Lesley Gore, Brook Benton, Dion, Trini Lopez, and Timi Yuro.
1966: The Yardbirds arrive in New York City to kick off their first US tour.
1967: Jose Feliciano records the single “Light My Fire.”
1967: The Beatles record the single “Hello, Goodbye.”
1974: Billy Preston’s single “Nothing From Nothing” reaches #1.
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s third album, Not Fragile, reaches #1.
1985: A-ha’s single “Take on Me” reaches #1.
1986: Cyndi Lauper’s single “True Colors” reaches #1.
1994: During aconcert in London’s Earl’s Court, although a section of seats collapses, there are no serious injuries.
1997: At the age of 49,dies of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Clarion, Iowa.
1997: Onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill honors his late friend and influence,, by performing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and inviting the audience to sing along.
2001: In a trial in his hometown of Modena, Italy, Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion.
2005: Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, receives the Songwriter of the Year award at the ASCAP Awards in London. In addition, Islam receives the Song Award for “The First Cut Is the Deepest.”
2007: At the Latinos of Distinction Awards in Ontario, California, Trini Lopez receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In order to complete this trip down memory lane, I’ve posted the music videos for A-ha’s “Take on Me” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” above (Just click on the next button or the videos tab at the top of this article). Enjoy!
Sources: Songfacts.com and Wikipedia