1964 – 13-year-old Judy Collins made her live debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, performing Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos”
1964 – “She Loves You” by the Beatles hit #1, taking over from “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles, which had spent seven weeks at the top. What’s more, the Beatles had #3 — “Please Please Me” This was the first time in the history of the Rock Era in which one artist owned the top three songs and the Beatles would continue to do this in various combinations for four straight weeks.
1989 – Dick Clark announced that after 33 years, he would no longer host American Bandstand.
“OTHER IMPORTANT EVENTS”
1956 – Elvis Presley performed at the 4,000-seat YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Tickets were $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved.
1956 – After performing in Norfolk, VA (with Gene Vincent opening), and en route to New York to appear on The Perry Como Show, Carl Perkins is badly injured in a Dover, DE car crash that also kills his manager and his brother Jay.
1963 – Barbra Streisand and Elliot Gould were married.
1964 – Dean Martin immortalizes his handprints in the cement of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1984 – John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, dedicates a section of New York City’s Central Park as a place of meditation called Strawberry Fields. Every December 9, thousands of fans converge on the spot to remember her last husband, who was murdered by a deranged fan on that day in 1980.
1988 – Randy Travis wins three times at the 23rd annual Academy Of Country Music awards, aired on NBC from Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. He earns Top Male Vocalist, and “Forever And Ever, Amen” takes Single Record and Song of the Year.
1994 – TIME magazine runs an article about Disney’s plans for a $650 million American-history-and-entertainment park, called Disney’s America.
1997 – The fifth and final weekend of the very first Star Wars Weekends takes place at Disney-MGM Studios.
1999 – At the 71st Academy Awards ceremony, Shakespeare in Love won seven awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I of England), Best Original Screenplay (Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard) and Best Art Direction.
1999 – 71st Academy Awards – Other winners included Saving Private Ryan with five awards, Life Is Beautiful with three, and Affliction, Bunny, Election Night, Elizabeth, Gods and Monsters, The Last Days, The Personals, The Prince of Egypt, and What Dreams May Come with one.