2001 - Z-Z Top perform at the Best Little Ball in Washington, D-C, a pre-inaugural party for President-elect (and fellow Texan) George W. Bush.
2000 - Actor Michael J. Fox announces that he's leaving Spin City at the end of the 1999-2000 season so that he can lobby on behalf of those suffering from Parkinson's disease.
1996 - Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson.
1993 - The Martin Luther King Junior holiday is observed in all 50 states for the first time.
1990- Washington D-C mayor Marion Barry is arrested on drug-possession charges after he's videotaped smoking crack.
1989 - The Rolling Stones, Dion, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding,The Ink Spots, Bessie Smith, The Soul Stirrers and producer Phil Spector enter The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fourth annual induction ceremony at New York's Waldorf-Astoria..
1985- Mary Decker breaks a world indoor record when she runs the women's two-thousand-meter race in 5:34.2. She also runs the outdoor mile in 4:16.7.
1984 - Van Halen launch their 1984 tour in Jacksonville, Florida.
1978 - Billy Joel gets a platinum album for The Stranger -- which features "Just the Way You Are."
1975- The Jeffersons starts its 10-year run on C-B-S.
1975 - Led Zeppelin kick off their tenth U-S tour, at the Met Center in Minneapolis.
1973- The Rolling Stones play a benefit concert at the L-A Forum for Nicaraguan earthquake victims.
1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival releases the Bayou Country album. "Proud Mary," a song on the album, becomes the first of the group's five singles to peak at number-two on the Billboard chart.
1965 - Paul Simon drops out of Brooklyn Law School. He subsequently relocates to London and resumes his music career.
1964 - "I Want to Hold Your Hand" becomes the first Beatles single to appear on the U-S pop charts.
1912 - English explorer Robert F. Scott and his expedition reaches the South Pole. They only then discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there first.