December 09

1854 Alfred Lord Tennyson‘s famous poem “The Charge Of The Light Brigade” was first published.

1902 Actress Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard Of Oz‘s Wicked Witch) is born. She dies in 1985.

1922 Actor-comedian Redd Foxx (Cotton Comes To HarlemSanford And SonHarlem Nights) is born. He dies in 1991.

1934 Blues harmonica legend Junior Wells is born. He dies in 1998.

1943 The Band‘s singer-bassist Rick Danko is born. He dies in 1999.

1948 Actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are married.

1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on CBS.

1967 Farewell To The First Golden Era by the Mamas & the Papas peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1967 Singer Jim Morrison is arrested at a Doors concert in New Haven, Connecticut, when he uses obscenities and badmouths the local police. He is charged with resisting arrest and breach of peace.

1972 “Ventura Highway” by America peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1972 Seventh Sojourn by the Moody Blues hits Number One on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.

1972 A stage version of the Who‘s rock opera Tommy opens at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Among the performers are Pete TownshendRoger DaltreyJohn EntwistleRod StewartSteve WinwoodRingo Starr, and others. They’re backed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

1973 Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton reconciled.

1974 John Lennon showed up in the Monday Night Football booth and talked sports with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell.

1974 Odds And Sods by the Who is certified gold.

1978 “Time Passages” by Al Stewart peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978 Comes A Time by Neil Young peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978 A Single Man by Elton John peaks at Number 15 on the album chart.

1989 “We Didn’t Start The Fire” by Billy Joel hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1990 Solidarity founder Lech Walesa won Poland’s presidential runoff by a landslide.

1992 Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation.

1992 George Harrison is awarded the first Billboard Century Award in Universal City, California. Tom Petty makes the presentation.

1992 Actor Vincent Gardenia (The HustlerAll In The FamilyBang The Drum SlowlyDeath Wish I and IIMoonstruck) dies at age 70.

1992 The first U.S. troops land in the East African nation of Somalia in an attempt to help the country’s starving, war-torn population.

1994 President Bill Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after she told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.

1995 Anthology Vol. 1 by the Beatles enters the album chart at Number One, where it stays for three weeks.

1995 The Ghost Of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen enters the album chart at its peak position of Number 11.