Music History for
1892 - Composer Yrjo Kilpinen was born.
1901 - The Giacomo Puccini opera "Tosca" made its U.S. debut.
1937 - Glen Gray and his Casa Loma Orchestra recorded "A Study in Brown."
1954 - The Drifters recorded "White Christmas."
1955 - James Brown recorded "Please Please Please."
1959 - Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Clanton took over headlining the Winter Dance Party after the death of Buddy Holly.
1961 - Johnny Burnette was rushed to a hospital in Hollywood for an emergency appendectomy.
1966 - The Rolling Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown" was released in the U.K.
1969 - "Carl Perkins Day" was celebrated in Jackson, TN.
1971 - Diana Ross guest starred on Danny Thomas' "Make Room For Granddaddy" TV show.
1976 - Fleetwood Mac's single "Rhiannon" was released.
1977 - "American Bandstand" celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC-TV special hosted by Dick Clark.
Today in American Bandstand History
1977 - Fleetwood Mac's album "Rumours" was released.
1983 - Karen Carpenter died from heartbeat irregularities brought on by chemical imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa.
1991 - "Cher at the Mirage" aired on CBS-TV.
1996 - Rob Pilatus, formerly of Milli-Vanilli, was hospitalized when he was hit over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood. Pilatus was attempting to steal a car. The owner was the person who hit him.
1999 - Freddy Fender received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the 2,129th star to be dedicated.
2001 - Jimmy Buffet was ordered by NBA referee Joe Forte to give up his courtside seat due to the use of profanity. After a several-minute delay, the game between the Miami Heat and the visiting New York Knicks continued.
2002 - Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday" to Rosa Parks on her 89th birthday at the premiere of the made-for-TV movie "Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story."