<b>1998 - </b>Elton John receives a knighthood in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's first New Year's Eve Honours List.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/>
2005 - Scottish artist Martyn Bennett dies in Edinburgh following a long battle with cancer. He is 33. A traditional bagpiper and fiddler, Bennett also experimented with electronic music, creating techno Celtic dance.
2002 - 64-year-old two-time Grammy Award winner Freddy Fender (Baldemar Huerta) is released from a San Antonio hospital following kidney transplant surgery a week earlier.
2001 - Andrew Skaggs, 21-year-old son of Ricky Skaggs, is admitted to a hospital in Lexington, Ky. He is diagnosed with, and treated for, pneumonia.
1998 - Elton John receives a knighthood in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's first New Year's Eve Honours List.
1998 - Magistrates in Derby, England, issue a warrant for the arrest of U.K. R&B star Mark Morrison for his failure to appear in court on charges of affray and obstructing a police officer.
1995 - Boyz II Men nail three awards at the 22nd annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Ace of Base, Michael Bolton and Reba McEntire each score two victories.
1995 - Led Zeppelin receives the International Artists Award at the American Music Awards. Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart are the only others to have previously received the honor.
1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Want to Know What Love Is," Foreigner. Although Foreigner had its first top five single in 1977, this is the group's first No. 1 song.
1982 - Bluesman Sam "Lightnin"' Hopkins dies. Age 69.
1974 - Bob Dylan makes his first New York concert performance in eight years, playing Madison Square Garden.
1973 - Kiss gives its debut performance at the Coventry Club in Queens, N.Y.
1969 - The Beatles, with Billy Preston on organ, perform four songs on a London rooftop for the film "Let It Be."
1951 - Phil Collins is born in London. He will start his artistic career as a child actor, including a role as the Artful Dodger in an English production of "Oliver." He is the drummer and following the departure of Peter Gabriel becomes lead singer of the group Genesis.
1942 - Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane/Starship is born in Cincinnati.