On this day
1965 | Harrods department store in London, England, closed to the public so The Beatles could do their Christmas shopping in private.
1966 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their UK live debut at the Bag O’Nails Club, London, where they played using the clubs DJ booth.
1972 | Chuck Berry was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Ding a-Ling’, his only UK No.1.
1974 | UK singer, songwriter Nick Drake died in his sleep aged 26 of an overdose of tryptasol an anti-depressant drug.
1984 | The cream of the British pop world gathered at S.A.R.M. Studios, London to record the historic Do They Know It’s Christmas? The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Boy George, Sting and George Michael.
1992 | The Bodyguard, opened nation-wide featuring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The film which was Houston’s acting debut was written by Lawrence Kasdan in the 1970s, originally as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. It became the second-highest-grossing film worldwide in 1992 with the soundtrack becoming the best-selling soundtrack of all time, selling more than 42 million copies worldwide.
1996 | A statue in Montreux, Switzerland by sculptor Irena Sedlecka was erected as a tribute to Freddie Mercury.
Born on this day
1964 | Mark Lanegan American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter.