1991 - D-J Alan Freed receives a star on TheHollywood Walk of Fame.
1988- Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State University wins the Heisman Trophy.
1979- Eleven Who fans are trampled to death at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum during a rush to get into the festival-seating concert.
1977 - Wings' "Mull of Kintyre" becomes Paul McCartney's first post-Beatles chart-topping single in the U-K. It will pass the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" as Britain's best-selling single ever, a distinction it holds until "Do They Know It's Christmas."
1976 - The 40-foot-long inflatable pig being photographed for the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals breaks loose from its mooring at Battersea Power Station in south London. It rises to 18,000 feet before finally coming down in Kent.
1971- The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns down during a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Deep Purple, who are recording across the lake from the casino at the time, write and record "Smoke on the Water" about the incident.
1969 - John Lennon turns down the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
1968- Aretha Franklin's Aretha Now, Iron Butterfly's In-a-Gadda-da-Vida and Cream's debut, Fresh Cream, are all certified gold.
1968 - The rules committee of Major League Baseball announces that, in 1969, the pitcher's mound will be lowered from 15 to 10 inches in order to "get more batting action."
1967- Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa perform the first human heart transplant.
1965 - At a Rolling Stones concert in Sacramento, California, guitarist Keith Richards is knocked out by a shock from an ungrounded microphone. He recovers and finishes the show.
1964- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer makes its television debut.
1961 - The Beatles and Brian Epstein hold their first meeting to discuss his becoming their manager.
1956 - Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in his college basketball debut.
1931- Alka-Seltzer is introduced.
1828- Andrew Jackson is elected President of the United States.