Almanac: December 2, 2015

Birthdays
  • 1906 - Peter Carl Goldmark (inventor of the microgroove LP) (d. 1977)
  • 1923 - Maria Callas (d. 1977)
  • 1941 - Tom McGuinness (Manfred Mann, McGuinness Flint) (74)
  • 1942 - Ted Bluechel, Jr. (Association) (73)
  • 1943 - Dave Munden (Tremeloes) (72)
  • 1948 - Screamin’ Scott Simon (Sha Na Na) (67)
  • 1950 - John Wesley Ryles (65)
  • 1954 - Daniele Alexander (61)
  • 1960 - Rick Savage (Def Leppard) (55)
  • 1960 - Razzle (born Nicholas Dingley) (Hanoi Rocks) (55)
  • 1960 - Sydney Youngblood (55)
  • 1968 - Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate) (47)
  • 1970 - Treach (born Anthony Criss) (Naughty by Nature) (45)
  • 1971 - Donna Matthews (Elastica) (44)
  • 1978 - Christopher Wolstenholme (Muse) (37)
  • 1978 - Nelly Furtado (37)
  • 1978 - Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) (37)
  • 1981 - Britney Spears (34)
  • 1987 - Teaiarra Mari (28)

Deaths
  • 1982 - David Blue - Heart attack (41)
  • 1986 - Lee Dorsey - Emphysema (61)
  • 1990 - Aaron Copland - Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure (90)
  • 1997 - Michael Hedges - Car accident (43)
  • 2001 - Valorie Jones (Jones Girls) (45)
  • 2004 - Kevin Coyne - Lung fibrosis (60)
  • 2006 - Mariska Veres (Shocking Blue) - Cancer (59)
  • 2008 - Odetta - Heart disease (77)
  • 2009 - Eric Woolfson (Alan Parsons Project) - Kidney cancer (64)

On This Day
  • 1957 - Danny and the Juniors got their big break when they were asked to fill in for Little Anthony & the Imperials on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Their performance of At the Hop sent the song to number 1 a month later.
  • 1969 - Cindy Birdsong of the Supremes was kidnapped by a maintenance worker from her apartment building and had to jump out of his moving car on the San Diego Freeway to escape.
  • 1969 - George Harrison joined Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, including Eric Clapton, for the rest of their current tour.
  • 1973 - The members of the Who are arrested in Montreal for allegedly destroying a hotel suite.
  • 1974 - Ravi Shankar had to leave a tour with George Harrison to be treated for chest pains in Chicago.
  • 1981 - Dreamgirls opened on Broadway. The show was loosely based on the career of the Supremes.
  • 1983 - MTV aired the full version of Michael Jackson's Thriller for the first time.
  • 1986 - Jerry Lee Lewis admitted himself to the Betty Ford Clinic to kick painkillers.
  • 1991 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Shirelles, B.J. Thomas and Gene Pitney, saying they were owed $1.2 million in royalties.
  • 1995 - The Guinness Book of World Records named The Sign by Ace of Base as the biggest selling debut record of all time.
  • 1996 - Adam Duritz of Counting Crows severed a ligament and tore cartilage in his knee when he fell during a show in New York.
  • 1997 - A man was killed during a Rolling Stones concert when he fell from the balcony of the Pontiac Silverdome.
  • 1997 - A Philadelphia record store filed what would become a class-action lawsuit against EMI, Sony, WEA, Universal, Bartlesman and Polydor, saying that they had “conspired to raise, fix and maintain at artificially high and non-competitive levels the wholesale prices of CDs.”
  • 1998 - Jimmy Buffett did a benefit concert in Mobile, AL for the victims of hurricane Georges.
  • 2000 - Thieves broke into the home of Madonna and Guy Ritchie in London.
  • 2000 - The Smashing Pumpkins played their last show in Chicago.
  • 2002 - Liam Gallagher of Oasis was arrested after kicking a police officer during a fight.
  • 2003 - Simon and Garfunkel performed in New York for the first time in ten years.
  • 2003 - Alice Cooper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2003 - Ray Charles announced he had undergone hip replacement surgery.
  • 2004 - Lynn Anderson was charged with drunk driving when an officer found her passed out behind the wheel of her car.
  • 2005 - Irv and Chris Gotti, owners of the label The Inc., were cleared of charges that they were laundering drug money through the company.

Divorces
  • 1979 - Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge

Released
  • 1971 - Black Dog - Led Zeppelin (single)
  • 1972 - You're So Vain - Carly Simon (single)
  • 2003 - The Diary of Alicia Keys - Alicia Keys

Broadcasts
  • 1959 - This is Your Life - Bobby Darin
  • 1988 - Geraldo - Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Willie Nelson

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