2002 – No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani accepts the marriage proposal of Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.
2002 – Veteran rock guitarist Eric Clapton marries Melia McEnery, his 25-year-old American girlfriend, in a private ceremony that includes the christening of his two daughters, one of whom is from a previous relationship.
2002 – Bee Gees members Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb are among those named by the Queen to the New Year Honours list. The Gibb brothers each receive a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).
2002 – Former pop star Shakin’ Stevens (Michael Barret) is arrested in the early hours in Gloucestershire, England for drunk driving.
2002 – R&B singers Kenny Latimore and Chante Moore are married in Jamaica. It is the second marriage for Moore, who was previously married to actor Kadeem Hardison.
2000 – Former Beatle George Harrison is discharged from the hospital to enjoy what is left of the New Year celebrations at home with his family after having been stabbed in a life-and-death struggle with an intruder. Harrison, 56, narrowly avoided death when he was stabbed by an intruder armed with a six-inch knife in his home two days before.
1999 – Alyssa Milano weds Cinjun August Tate of Remy Zero in Louisiana. The star of the WB TV series “Charmed” marries Tate at a plantation home, Rosewood, near Baton Rouge.
1997 – Townes Van Zandt, the singer-songwriter who wrote the country hits “If I Needed You” and “Pancho and Lefty” and gained a cult following for his blues-inspired recordings about life’s losers, dies from a heart attack.
1997 – Many fans at the Three Tenors New Year’s Eve concert at Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium are angered and disappointed when Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavorotti leave the stage before the stroke of midnight, missing the “Auld Lang Syne” sing-along with the crowd.
1995 – Singer-songwriter Ted Hawkins dies in an L.A. hospital after suffering a stroke. The 58-year-old former street musician released his first major-label recording, “The Next Hundred Years,” in 1994.
1985 – VH-1 premieres as an adult contemporary music video channel with Marvin Gaye’s “Star Spangled Banner” video.
1967 – Gary Lewis of the Playboys is drafted into the U.S. Army.
1962 – The Beatles fail an audition in London for a recording contract with Decca Records.
1958 – Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) is born in New York.
1953 – Country music singer Hank Williams dies while on his way to a concert in Canton, Ohio. His 1953 song “Your Cheating Heart” is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1983. He wins a posthumous Grammy for the 1989 recording “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” a duet with his son, Hank Williams Jr. The younger Williams mixed his own vocals with his late father’s vocal track to make the song.
1942 – Singer Joe McDonald of Country Joe & the Fish is born in El Monte, Calif.