- 1925 - Johnny Mandel (90)
- 1926 - R.L. Burnside (d. 2005)
- 1931 - Gloria Lynne (d. 2013)
- 1939 - Betty Everett (d. 2001)
- 1945 - Keith Hampshire (70)
- 1949 - Alan Paul (Manhattan Transfer) (66)
- 1949 - Sandra Stevens (Brotherhood of Man) (66)
- 1949 - Marcia Griffiths (66)
- 1954 - Bruce Hornsby (61)
- 1957 - Mark Radice (musician, producer, songwriter) (58)
- 1962 - Chris Bostock (JoBoxers) (53)
- 1966 - Ken Block (Sister Hazel) (49)
- 1966 - Charlie Grover (Sponge) (49)
- 1972 - Kurupt (born Ricardo Brown) (Dogg Pound) (43)
- 1972 - Charles Adler (Lamb of God) (43)
- 1992 - Miley Cyrus (23)
- 1969 - Spade Cooley (born Donnell Cooley) - Heart attack (58)
- 1992 - Roy Acuff - Congestive heart failure (89)
- 1994 - Tommy Boyce - Suicide (55)
- 1995 - Junior Walker (born Autry Mixon, Jr.) (Jr. Walker & the All-Stars) - Cancer (64)
- 2001 - O.C. Smith (69)
- 2006 - Anita O'Day - Cardiac arrest (87)
- 1899 - The first jukebox was installed in San Francisco.
- 1950 - Hank Williams wrote Cold, Cold Heart
- 1956 - A man punched Elvis Presley in Toledo, OH, claiming that his wife's love for the singer had broken up their marriage.
- 1962 - The Beatles auditioned for the BBC. They were turned down.
- 1962 - Patsy Cline became the first country female vocalist to headline her own show in Las Vegas at the Mint Casino
- 1964 - The Rolling Stones were banned from the BBC after showing up late for two appearances.
- 1967 - Jack Greene became the first country artist to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- 1968 - Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin, finalizes the deal signing them to Atlantic Records.
- 1969 - Spade Cooley was paroled by the state of California after eight years in prison for killing his wife. One of the conditions of release was a benefit show. During the intermission, Cooley collapsed and died.
- 1972 - The musical Pippin opened at Broadway Imperial Theater. The Jackson 5 would cover the song Corner of the Sky and Michael Jackson would cover Morning Glow.
- 1974 - Gary Wright left Spooky Tooth.
- 1976 - Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested after he showed up at Graceland with a pistol demanding to see “the King.” Ten hours earlier he had been arrested for DUI.
- 1979 - Marianne Faithfull was arrested at the Oslo, Norway airport for marijuana possession.
- 1987 - Sly Stone was charged in Santa Monica, CA with cocaine possession.
- 1989 - Paul McCartney played live in the U.S. for the first time in 13 years at the Los Angeles Forum.
- 1990 - MTV banned the video for Madonna's Justify My Love.
- 1995 - Garbage made their U.K. live debut in London.
- 1996 - Trace Adkins debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
- 2001 - Confederate Railroad debuted at the Grand Ole Opry.
- 2002 - The widow of Otis Redding and his former manager filed a lawsuit against the author of a 2001 biography saying it was full of lies. They sought $15 million.
- 2013 - Willie Nelson postponed part of his tour after a bus crash injured three of his band members.
- 2005 - Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson (announced split)
- 1936 - Ramblin' On My Mind (and other tracks) - Robert Johnson (first recording session)
- 2012 - Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses
- 1995 - MTV Europe Music Awards
- Song - Zombie - Cranberries
- Director - Michael Gondry for Protection - Massive Attack
- Female - Bjork
- Male - Michael Jackson
- Group - U2
- New Act - Dog Eat Dog
- Dance - East 17
- Rock - Bon Jovi
- Live Act - Take That
- 1965 - Five O'Clock Funfair (U.K.) - Marc Bolan
- 2000 - Grand Ole Opry: A Celebration (CBS) - Vince Gill, Dolly Parton (hosts)
- 2012 - CMT Crossroads - Randy Travis, Avett Brothers