2004 - Actor William Shatner's infamous 1968 album "The Transformed Man," which finds the venerable Capt. Kirk reading poetry over ultra-serious musical accompaniment and covering such contemporary cl

2004 - Actor William Shatner's infamous 1968 album "The Transformed Man," which finds the venerable Capt. Kirk reading poetry over ultra-serious musical accompaniment and covering such contemporary classics as Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," is reissued by Geffen.

2002 - A fire rips through the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, severely damaging and rendering unsafe the Guilded Balloon and La Belle Angele, which are located in a protected "world heritage site. La Belle Angele hosted early performances by the likes of Oasis and Radiohead.

2000 - A capella act Rockapella appears on the Home Shopping Network to promote its new holiday album, "Christmas."

1998 - Garth Brooks is named country artist of the year at the 1998 Billboard Music Awards.

1998 - John Addison, the composer best known for his Oscar and Emmy-winning scores for movies and television, including the music to "Tom Jones," dies in Bennington, Vt.

1998 - Arturo Sandoval, the internationally acclaimed trumpet player who settled in the U.S. in 1990 after defecting from his native Cuba, is granted U.S. citizenship after a six-year struggle. Sandoval is sworn in at ceremonies in Miami. The Immigration and Naturalization Service had rejected his requests twice because he had signed papers that branded him a member of the Communist party in order to leave Cuba for an extended tour with the late Dizzy Gillespie.

1996 - Aretha Franklin's "Christmas Extravaganza" concert at the Detroit church where her father was once pastor leaves hundreds of fans out in the cold - literally. The New Bethel Baptist Church sells 2,500 tickets, but the church's benches and pews can only accommodate 1,500. The church issues refunds and apologies for the ticketing snafu.

1996 - Jerry Lewis' white and red pinstriped devil suit is stolen from the comedian's dressing room at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. Lewis needs the costume, valued at $9,000, to play the role of Satan in the musical Damn Yankees.

1991 - ``Achtung Baby'' by U2 debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's pop albums chart.

1986 - Huey Lewis and the News sing the national anthem a cappella before a San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

1967 - The Beatles' Apple boutique opens in London.

1949 - Tom Waits is born in Pomona, Calif. He claims that he was born in the back of a moving taxi.

1942 - Singer/songwriter Harry Chapin is born in New York City.

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