- 1908 - Bill Carlisle (d. 2003)
- 1915 - Charlie Ryan (d. 2008)
- 1918 - Professor Longhair (born Henry Byrd) (d. 1980)
- 1920 - Little Jimmy Dickens (d. 2015)
- 1940 - Phil Ochs (d. 1976)
- 1941 - Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) (74)
- 1944 - Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) (d. 2013)
- 1944 - Zal Yanovsky (Lovin' Spoonful) (d. 2002)
- 1945 - John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) (70)
- 1947 - Janie Frickie (68)
- 1949 - Lenny White (Return to Forever) (66)
- 1957 - Doug Johnson (Loverboy) (58)
- 1958 - Limahl (born Christopher Hamill) (Kajagoogoo) (57)
- 1965 - Chuckii Booker (50)
- 1968 - Kevin Shepard (Tonic) (47)
- 1975 - Casual (born Jon Owens) (40)
- 1982 - Vincent Accardi (Brand New) (36)
- 1985 - Lady Sovereign (born Louise Harman) (30)
- 1991 - Joe Cole (roadie for Black Flag & Rollins Band, writer) - Murdered (40)
- 1993 - Michael Clarke (Byrds) - Liver disease (47)
- 1997 - Jimmy Rogers (Muddy Waters' band) - Colon cancer (73)
- 2000 - Pop Staples (Staple Singers) - Concussion from fall (85)
- 2000 - Rob Buck (10,000 Maniacs) - Liver disease (42)
- 1957 - Elvis Presley received his draft notice.
- 1969 - Mick Jagger was fined in Marlborough, U.K. for possession of marijuana.
- 1970 - President Nixon complimented Mike Curb of MGM Records after he dropped a number of artists for supposedly advocating drug use. Among those dropped was Connie Francis.
- 1979 - George Nichopoulos, physician for Elvis Presley, was officially charged with illegally and indiscriminately prescribing over 12,000 pills in a period of 1-2/3 years.
- 1980 - The film 9-to-5 opened with Dolly Parton.
- 1985 - Johnny Paycheck shot a man in a Hillsboro, OH bar. He eventually served two years in prison.
- 1987 - Two girls are crushed to death in the rush in Nashville before a Public Enemy concert.
- 1988 - Johnny Cash went into the hospital for open heart surgery.
- 1997 - Marty Raybon of Shenandoah performs for the last time with the group.
- 2001 - Waylon Jennings had his left foot amputated due to diabetes.
- 2001 - Dick Clark sued the Recording Academy charging that they were trying to block artists from appearing on the American Music Awards by saying if they did, they would not be able to appear on the Grammys.
- 2001 - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots pled guilty to domestic battery.
- 2005 - Britney Spears sued US Weekly after they writing that there was a sex tape with her and Kevin Federline.
- 2009 - Kevin Jonas (Jonas Brothers) and Danielle Deleasa
- 1955 - Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
- 1960 - Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka
- 1960 - Ring-a-Ding Ding, Let's Fall in Love - Frank Sinatra (his first recording session for his own Reprise Records)
- 1998 - Live in Chicago 12-19-98 - Dave Matthews Band
- 1969 - The Beatles' Seventh Christmas Record - Beatles (fan club only release)
- 1987 - Saturday Night Live - Paul Simon
- 1992 - Christmas in Washington - Neil Diamond
- 2001 - Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story (VH1)
- 2001 - Dateline (NBC) - Madonna