- 1914 - Eddie Boyd (d. 1994)
- 1924 - Paul Desmond (Dave Brubeck Quartet) (d. 1977)
- 1928 - Jimmy Johnson (87)
- 1941 - Percy Sledge (d. 2015)
- 1942 - Bob Lind (73)
- 1943 - Roy Lynes (Status Quo) (72)
- 1947 - Val Fuentes (It's a Beautiful Day) (68)
- 1950 - Jocelyn Brown (65)
- 1951 - Bill Morrissey (d. 2011)
- 1958 - Gary Coveyou (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods) (57)
- 1959 - Steve Rothery (Marillion) (56)
- 1960 - Amy Grant (55)
- 1963 - Holly Cole (52)
- 1964 - Mark Lanegan (Screming Trees) (51)
- 1964 - Eric Grossman (K's Choice) (51)
- 1966 - Tim Armstrong (Rancid) (49)
- 1966 - Stacy Lattisaw (49)
- 1967 - Rodney Sheppard (Sugar Ray) (48)
- 1968 - Erick Sermon (47)
- 1968 - Tunde Baiyewu (Lighthouse Family) (47)
- 1979 - Thea Gilmour (36)
- 1974 - Nick Drake - Drug overdose, possible suicide (26)
- 1997 - Fenton Robinson - Brain cancer (62)
- 2007 - Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot) - Cocaine overdose (52)
- 2010 - Peter Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle, Coil) (55)
- 2011 - Don DeVito (producer) - Prostate cancer (72)
- 1961 - The Everly Brothers became members of the 8th Battallion Marine Corps Reserves.
- 1965 - The London Harrods department store stays open late so the Beatles could shop for the holidays.
- 1966 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their London debut.
- 1969 - John Lennon returned his MBE to the British Government because of their involvement in the Nigeria Biafra and Vietnam Wars.
- 1971 - The Doors announced they would continue as a group without the late Jim Morrison.
- 1972 - It was reported that Allan Clarke was leaving the Hollies.
- 1976 - The Band played their last show which was filmed for the movie The Last Waltz. Guests included Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles and Neil Young
- 1984 - A huge number of British artists got together in London to record the charity single Do They Know It's Christmas? Artists at the session included Bob Geldof, Midge Ure (Ultravox), Bono and Adam Clayton (U2), Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Sting, David Bowie, Paul Young, Paul Weller and members of Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Bananarama, Kool & the Gang, Culture Club, the Boomtown Rats and more.
- 1985 - Bobby Brown announced he was leaving New Edition.
- 1988 - Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach end treatment for alcoholism in Tucson, AZ.
- 1992 - The movie The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston opened.
- 1995 - Thom Yorke of Radiohead collapsed half-way through a show from exhaustion.
- 1997 - The five original members of the Zombies played together for the first time in thirty years in London.
- 1998 - Craig Marks, editor of Spin magazine, claims that Marilyn Manson and his bodyguards threatened him backstage after a concert.
- 2003 - Michael Jackson opened his website in defense against allegations of sexual abuse.
- 2003 - Meat Loaf was operated on for a heart condition.
- 2003 - Ibrahim Duarte, former manager of 'N Sync, sued the group for $10 million, charging that they had fired him three years earlier for racial reasons.
- 2003 - Six people were arrested when hundreds of people tried to gatecrash Jay-Z's farewell show at Madison Square Garden in New York.
- 2003 - Glen Campbell was arrested in Phoenix, AZ for "extreme drunk driving" after he registered a .20 blood alcohol level.
- 2005 - Take That announced they were reforming for a tour without Robbie Williams.
- 2002 - Lisa Marie Presley and Nicholas Cage
- 1984 - Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
- 1997 - Sevens - Garth Brooks
- 1957 - Ed Sullivan (CBS) - Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps
- 1997 - Jag (CBS) - Trisha Yearwood
- 2003 - Shania Twain: Up! Close and Personal (NBC) - Shania Twain, Alison Krauss & Union Station