2008 - Despite the writers' strike, late-night talk show hosts return to their shows.
1997 - Spirit guitarist Randy California drowns in the ocean off Molokai, Hawaii while saving his 12-year-old son from the same fate. He was 45.
1983 -Annie closes on Broadway after nearly 24-hundred performances.
1983 -Garry Trudeau begins a 20-month hiatus from Doonesbury.
1980 - Bob Seger records "Against the Wind" at Bayshore Studios in Coconut Grove, Florida. Glenn Frey of The Eagles sings backup.
1974 - President Richard M. Nixon signs a bill requiring all states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 m-p-h. The law is intended to conserve gasoline supplies during an embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries. Federal speed limits are abolished in 1995.
1971 - George Harrison's All Things Must Pass hits the top spot on the Billboard album chart, where it remains for seven weeks.
1970- Eric Clapton begins a nearly month-long session at Village Recorder Studios in L-A working on such songs as "After Midnight" and "Let It Rain."
1969 - The Beatles start work on a documentary at Twickenham Studios in London. After considering filming a concert for worldwide release, the band decided to do a movie about the making of an album. Eventually completed as Let It Be, the movie exposes the rifts in the group as John Lennon insists on having Yoko Ono constantly at his side over the evident unhappiness of his bandmates.
1968- Import copies of the John Lennon and Yoko Ono album Two Virgins are seized by customs officials at Newark Airport because of the cover's full frontal nudity. The album is finally released in a plain brown wrapper.
1965- The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" is number-one in both the U-S and England.
1965- "Broadway" Joe Namath signs a 400-thousand-dollar contract, the richest rookie deal in the history of football.
1960 - Senator John F. Kennedy announces that he's a candidate for president.
1872 - Brigham Young, the 71-year-old leader of the Mormon Church, is arrested for bigamy. He has 25 wives.
1788- Georgia becomes the fourth state to ratify the U-S Constitution.