2006 – Alan “Fluff” Freeman, one of the most genuinely and universally admired broadcasters in British radio history, dies at the age of 79.
2000 – Fugitive Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s luck runs out in Philadelphia, after police arrest him at an area McDonald’s. ODB had been on the lam since October, when he fled a court-ordered stint at a drug treatment facility in Pasadena, Calif. The rapper also faces outstanding cases in three New York counties for unrelated charges, including possession of crack cocaine and illegally wearing a bulletproof vest.
2000 – The Beatles return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a collection of their 27 chart-topping hits, appropriately titled “1.” The collection, which debuts at No. 1 in the U.K. a week earlier, sells nearly 595,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week.
2000 – Having been found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Rosas, wife of Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas, Gabriel Gomez, the victim’s half-brother, leads police to a shallow grave in a nearby canyon. Dental records are used to ID Rosas body.
1999 – Influential independent rock icons Pavement announce that they have broken up. During their show at London’s Brixton Academy, bandmember Stephen Malkmus tells the crowd that the show will be the band’s last.
1997 – Reba McEntire joins the Dallas Cowboys at the team’s Thanksgiving Day Game to benefit the Salvation Army. McEntire debuts her single “What If” for the annual fund-raising drive. Proceeds from the song’s release go to the Salvation Army.
1997 – Icelandic singer Bjork is admitted to the hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland, with a high fever. The singer is forced to cancel many upcoming performance dates due to a kidney infection.
1995 – “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey’s duet with Boyz II Men enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at No. 1. Carey becomes the first recording artist in history to have two consecutive singles debut at No. 1 following “Fantasy,” also from her No. 1 album “Daydream.”
1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “You Give Love a Bad Name,” Bon Jovi.
1973 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Top of the World,” Carpenters. Richard Carpenter writes the song with John Bettis, who also writes the lyrics for such Carpenter hits as “Goodbye to Love” and “Yesterday Once More.”
1966 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Winchester Cathedral,” The New Vaudeville Band. Composer Geoff Stephens sings the song through a megaphone, giving it a 1930s vaudeville style.
1942 – Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle. The Jimi Hendrix Experience is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and Hendrix is posthumously voted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.