2000 – Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, become parents again when their second child, Thomas Aaron Tippin is born at the Baptist Women’s Pavilion in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Thomas weighs seven pounds, four ounces and measures 20 inches long.
1999 – An estimated crowd of over 250,000 people brave freezing temperatures to see the 67th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, featuring performances by ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, and Rosemary Clooney.
1997 – Jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli dies in a Paris clinic. He is 89. Grappelli is often cited among the virtuosi on his instrument in his genre.
1995 – An auction of some of Frank Sinatra’s possessions earns him $2,072,000.
1991 – A fight breaks out between the road crews of several rap acts and as many as two dozen police at the Emerald City nightclub in East St. Louis, Ill. Newspapers report that the fight starts when someone assaults a roadie for the group Naughty by Nature with a beer bottle.
1982 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” LP is released. It is the best-selling album of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 40 million copies.
1972 – Martha & the Vandellas give their farewell performance in Detroit.
1968 – Janis Joplin makes a final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1960 – Teen idol Bobby Darin marries actress Sandra Dee.
1957 – Buddy Holly & the Crickets perform “That’ll Be the Day” on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.” On the same show, Sam Cooke performs “You Send Me.”
1945 – Bette Midler is born in Paterson, N.J. She is named after actress Bette Davis. She wins a best new artist Grammy in 1974. Her biggest hits are the million-sellers “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From a Distance.” She is nominated for an Oscar in 1979 for “The Rose” and appears in such films as “Outrageous Fortune,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “Beaches.”
1934 – Singer Billy Paul is born in Philadelphia. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 song “Me and Mrs. Jones.”