2013 - Gary dos Santos, known as the "Mayor of Strawberry Fields," dies at age 49 after a battle with leukemia.
2003 - Meat Loaf undergoes surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.
1997 - The original Zombies lineup reunites onstage for the first time in 30 years at London's Jazz Cafe.
1989 - Alice Cooper "Poison" hits #7 - the rocker's first Top 40 hit in nine years.
1988 - Ringo Starr and his second wife, actress Barbara Bach, return to England after completed their stint in an Arizona rehab clinic for alcoholism.
1978 - Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler was hit in the face with a bottle thrown from the audience while playing The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1976 - Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers, Ronnie Hawkins, and Dr. John join The Band for The Last Waltz, a farewell concert for the ages.
1969 - As a protest against Britain's military involvement in foreign conflicts, John Lennon returns his MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal, with an attached letter that reads, puckishly, "Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag."
1968 - Cream played their last concert at London's Royal Albert Hall to a fanatic crowd of over 10,000 who chant "God save the Cream" as the group leaves the stage. The show is released three months later as Goodbye Cream.
1966 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays their first UK show at the Bag O'Nails in London.
1965 - London's famed department store, Harrods, opens for The Beatles for two hours after closing time in order to allow the members of the group to do their Christmas shopping.
1944 - Drummer Bev Bevan (of Electric Light Orchestra) is born in Sparkhill, Birmingham, England.