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1932 Charlie Rich, singer, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'The Most Beautiful Girl'). Rich died on 25th July 1995.

1938 Gary Usher, producer, songwriter. Worked with The Byrds, co-wrote The Beach Boys 'In My Room'. Died on 25th May 1990.

1943 Frank Allen, The Searchers, (1964 UK No.1 single 'Needles And Pins').

1946 Jackie McAuley, Them, (1965 UK No.2 single 'Here Comes The Night').

1946 Jane Birkin, actress, singer, (1969 UK No.1 single with Serge Gainsbourg 'Je T'aime...Moi Non', the only French language UK chart- topper).

1946 Joyce Vincent Wilson, singer, Dawn, (1971 UK & US No.1 single 'Knock Three Times', 1973 US & UK No.1 single 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree').

1949 Cliff Williams, bass player for AC/DC (he replaced Mark Evans in 1977). UK No.36 single with 'Whole Lotta Rosie', the bands 1980 UK No.1 & US No.14 album Back in Black sold over ten million copies.

1958 Mike Scott, The Waterboys, (1991 UK No.3 single 'Whole Of The Moon', first released 1985).

1958 Peter 'Spider' Stacy, tin whistle, The Pogues, (1987 UK No.8 single 'The Irish Rover').

1966 Tim Skold, bass, Marilyn Manson, (1998 US No.1 album, 'Mechanical Animals', UK No. 12 single, 'The Dope Show').

1979 Sophie Monk, Bardot, winners of the Australian Popstars reality show, (2000 Australian No.1 single 'Poison', and 2000 Australian No.1 self-titled album). Now solo.

1988 Vanessa Hudgens, American actress and singer from High School Musical, as part of the cast had the 2006 US No.1 'High School Musical' album and 2007, US No.1 'High School Musical 2' album. Over 17 million viewers in the United States watched the TV premier of High School Musical; making it the highest rated basic cable broadcast in U.S. history.

1963 Singer Dinah Washington died of a drug overdose at the age of 39. She had 34 top 10 hits on the Billboard R&B charts.

1959 The Kingston Trio started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Here We Go Again!'

1963 The Beatles played a show for their Southern Area Fan Club at Wimbledon Palais, London. To prevent damage to the stage from fans the management of the Palais constructed a platform for The Beatles to perform on, surrounded by a steel cage.

1966 The Elvis Presley film "Spinout" premiered.

1966 Chad & Jeremy and Don Ho guest on ABC-TV's "Batman."

1967 Dick Clark announced that he was making a film, "The Love Children," about hippies.

1967 Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was rushed to St Georges hospital in London after collapsing. A doctor reported Jones was tired and suffering from over strain and was also recovering from having some teeth out.

1968 Marvin Gaye scored his first US No.1 single when 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' started a five-week run at the top. It was Marvin's 15th solo hit and also his first UK No.1 single in March 69.

1968 Tommy James and the Shondells released "Crimson & Clover."

1969 The Jackson Five made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1972 Alexander's department store in New York stayed open late so Alice Cooper could do his Christmas shopping.

1972 The Ringo Starr film about U.K. rocker Marc Bolan, "Born to Boogie," debuted in London. The film stars Elton John.

1974 Styx' "Lady" was released.

1977 "Saturday Night Fever" premiered in New York City.

1980 Yoko Ono called for a 10-minute silent vigil around the world for John Lennon, her husband, who was shot to death six days earlier. Over 100,000 people went to Central Park in New York to honor the request.

1981 Adam and the Ants kicked off a 23-date UK tour at St Austell Coliseum, Cornwall.

1984 Appearing at Leeds Queens Hall during a UK tour, Wham!

1985 Whitney Houston scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Saving All My Love For You'.

1985 James Taylor married actress Kathryn Walker.

1986 Elton John recorded a live version of "Candle in the Wind" that would later be released as a single.

1991 Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's pop albums chart.

1992 Merle Haggard and his wife Theresa Lane have a baby that they name Binion Louis Haggard.

1992 Merle Haggard filed for bankruptcy protection.

1995 Classified documents from the White House were released that revealed the FBI had spied on John Lennon and his anti-war activities during the early '70s in a possible attempt to have Lennon deported.

1995 "Frank Sinatra: 80 Years My Way" aired on ABC-TV.

1996 After presenting this week's edition of 'Top Of The Pops', John Peel was surprised to find he was the subject of the TV show 'This Is Your Life'.

1996 Boyzone scored their second UK No.1 single when 'A Different Beat', went to the top of the charts for 1 week.

1997 Garth Brooks was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Sevens' his fourth US No.1 album.

1998 Billy Preston plead guilty to insurance fraud and agreed to testify against other defendants.

1999 Paul McCartney played a show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. It was the first time that McCartney had played at the club since 1963.

1999 Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder was ordered to pay Ł160,000 to his ex management team over a dispute in his contract. Ryder said he was so high after a 'joint' he didn't bother to read the small print; the court was told the contract had 'done his nut in'.

2000 Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher recorded a cover version of Slade's 1973 number one 'Merry Xmas Everybody' for the Christmas Day edition of the BBC1 comedy show The Royle Family.

2002 UK music channel Music Choice analysed all the Christmas No.1 singles from the past 30 years and identified criteria for their success. These included the use of sleigh bells, children singing, church bells harmony and references to love. They concluded that Sir Cliff Richards 1988 hit 'Misletoe and Wine' was the perfect Christmas hit.

2003 Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Changes' a remake of a track first sung by Ozzy on the Black Sabbath album Volume IV in 1972.

2003 Dido went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for another three weeks with 'Life For Rent.'

2003 Alicia Keys was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Diary Of Alicia Keys' the singers second US No.1.

2005 A cheque signed by John Lennon made out to the Inland Revenue sold for Ł2,000 at a UK auction. It was sold by former madam Lindi St Clair, (formerly known as Miss Whiplash), after she decided she had no use for it. Clair who now runs a duck farm in Herefordshire had bought the cheque for Ł4,000 in 1988. It was signed by Lennon on 23rd January 1968 on a District Bank Limited form and made out for Ł6,946.

2005 Philomena Ward the mother of X Factor contestant Shayne Ward was arrested on suspicion of assault after an alleged brawl at Manchester's Piccadilly Tavern. A bouncer claimed he was punched during the incident. Shayne Ward went on to have the UK Christmas No.1 single with 'That's My Goal.'
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