2008- Paul McCartney and Heather Mills's divorce trial gets under way in London.
2007- Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Frampton and Donald Fagen are among the winners at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Police reunite to open the show with "Roxanne."
2002- The six stars on N-B-C's Friends sign contracts that pay them 24-million dollars each for the series ninth and final season.
2000 - The space shuttle Endeavor takes off. The mission is to gather information for the most detailed map of the Earth ever made.
1999 - Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band begin their first winter tour in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1998- Aerosmith postpone the last show of their Nine Lives tour because Steven Tyler has laryngitis.
1994 - The Ramones play their two-thousandth live show, in Tokyo, Japan.
1993- Janet Reno is appointed to be Attorney General by President Clinton. She is the first woman to hold the position.
1990- James "Buster" Douglas shocks the sports world by knocking out Mike Tyson in Tokyo to win the undisputed heavyweight boxing title.
1983- The Rolling Stones concert movie Let's Spend the Night Together premieres in New York.
1982- A-B-C broadcasts the final episode of the 18-hour mini-series The Winds of War. Costing 40-million dollars to produce, it was the most-watched television program.
1970- John Lennon plays Britain's Top of the Pops with The Plastic Ono Band, his first time on the show since 1966. He also pays the fines for 96 people arrested the previous month for protesting a South African rugby team's appearance in Scotland.
1970- The Magic Christian, starring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers, opens in New York City on the same day as its soundtrack album, with Badfinger's Paul McCartney-written-and-produced "Come and Get It," is released.
1969- Janis Joplin starts a memorable four-night engagement at the Fillmore East in New York.
1965 - Johnny Cash'sRing of Fire album is certified gold.
1963- The Beatles record "I Saw Her Standing There," "Boys," "Do You Want to Know a Secret," "There's a Place," "Twist and Shout" and other songs for their first British album, Please Please Me, in a long one-day session at EMI's Abbey Road studios in London.