2005 - Tonight show legend Johnny Carson dies of emphysema at the age of 79.
2004 - Bob Keeshan, T-V's beloved kids show host "Captain Kangaroo," dies at 76 after a long illness.
2004- The final episode of Friends is taped.
1997 - Richard Berry, who sang doo-wop and R&B with The Flairs and The Robins but was most famous for writing the garage-rock classic "Louie Louie," dies in Los Angeles. He was 61.
1986 - The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame holds its first induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. In alphabetical order, the Class of 1986 consists of Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, D-J Alan Freed, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and Elvis Presley.
1985 - O-J Simpson becomes the first Heisman Trophy winner to be elected to pro football's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
1978- Paul McCartney & Wings finish recording London Town. The album's first single, "With a Little Luck," comes out in March and hits number-one in May.
1977 - A-B-C begins televising Roots. Based on Alex Haley's book, it is the most watched mini-series in history.
1974 - The Ramones' story begins when John Cummings (Johnny) and Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee) get drunk after work and buy a guitar and a bass.
1973 - During a New York concert, Neil Young learns that an accord to end the Vietnam War has been reached. He announces "Peace has come," and the audience breaks into 10 minutes of hugging and kissing.
1971- Elton John's "Your Song" becomes the future Hall of Famer's first Top 10 U-S hit.
1971- In Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the U-S is reported as minus-80 degrees.
1965 - The event that leads to the formation of The Small Faces: Ronnie Lane and Kenny Jones visit the Music Bar in Manor Park, London, where they meet Steve Marriott, who works in the store.
1964 - The 24th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections.