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During World War I, up to 100,000 British and German troops along the Western Front in Belgium, Europe, take part in an unofficial truce, singing Christmas carols together, exchanging gifts and even playing football. The incident, later to be known as The Christmas Truce, will inspire Peter Hooton of The Farm to write their major hit single, All Together Now.
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Billboard magazine in the USA reviews a new novelty release, There's A New Sound by Tony Burrello, declaring it to be "a studied attempt to be as screwy as possible." The track is an example of early experimentation with new recording techniques such as reversing, speeding up and slowing down of tapes, sometimes called 'noise and sound' recordings.
Ten Gold Disc Awards, presented to The Beatles by Capitol Records in the USA, are confiscated at the Royal Victoria docks, London, UK, because import duty has not been paid on the items. (The tax will never bepaid, and the discs will end up in the Customs and Excise National Museum).
Marianne Faithfull releases a new single, This Little Bird, on Decca Records in the UK. On the same day, in a somewhat bizarre marketing decision, The Nashville Teens release their new single, also a version of This Little Bird, and also on Decca Records in the UK. The song is composed by John D. Loudermilk.
During an anti-Vietnam war protest, The Fugs, Norman Mailer and others attempt to levitate The Pentagon, Washington DC., USA.
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Elvis Presley's gold Cadillac is displayed at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, Oceania. The vehicle is on tour in Australia.
While flying from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to play in The Newport Jazz Festival, Led Zeppelin learn - to their surprise - that they have cancelled the gig due to the ill health of a band member. The festival organisers have dreamed up this excuse to avoid revealing the unpalatable truth - that local officials have banned the group 'in the interest of public safety' following a near riot during the festival's second night. The band's manager, Peter Grant, insists that their contract is binding and Led Zeppelin go onstage at 1 a.m.
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Disgruntled fan Trevor Charles Howell pushes Frank Zappa off the stage at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, England, UK, Europe, inflicting multiple injuries and leaving him bound to a wheelchair.
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Eccentric rock'n'roller Screaming Lord Sutch is arrested after jumping from a bus in Downing Street, London, UK, with four naked women. The incident is just one of many publicity stunts pulled by Sutch who attempted for many years to become a Member Of Parliament, standing as the candidate for the Monster Raving Looney Party.
Lou Reed is bitten on the behind by a member of the audience during a show in Buffalo, New York State, USA.
One day after the death of country-rock singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, his body is stolen while in transit at Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA. Parsons' corpse is then taken to Joshua Tree desert, where it is burned, in accordance with a request made by Parsons before his death. Road manager Phil Kaufman is one of the two men charged with the crime.
Elvis Presley is at home in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, entertaining Captain Jerry Kennedy of the Denver police force, and Ron Pietrafeso, head of Colorado's Strike Force Against Crime, in the jungle room. During the evening, Elvis decides to fly to Denver to buy a sandwich.
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Jazz musician Joe Silmon comes to the end of playing his flute non-stop for 48 hours under water aboard the British submarine HMS Grampus at Gosport, UK. This feat earns him an entry in the Guinness Book Of World Records.
Steve Peregrin Took, a former member of Tyrannosaurus Rex (aka T.Rex) dies aged 31 from asphyxiation after choking on a cocktail cherry at his apartment in North Kensington, London, UK. Although Took and his girlfriend, Valerie Billiet, had ingested morphine and hallucinogens the night before, authorities ruled that neither contributed to his death.
Drummer Philthy Animal Taylor of Motorhead breaks his neck after the band's gig at The Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe. In some post-show hi-jinks, Taylor is lifted above the head of a friend in a test of strength, but he is then dropped on his head, snapping his neck. Taylor will continue to play in Motorhead with the aid of a neck brace.
An entire housing estate in Liverpool, England, UK, Europe, is opened, in which all the street names are releated to The Beatles.
Tommy Tucker, whose only major hit was Hi Heel Sneakers in 1964, dies aged 48. While renovating the floors of his New York home he is overcome by poisonous fumes from the carbon tetrachloride he is using.
John Sharples of Preston, Lancashire, England, UK, sets a new world record by disco dancing from this day, for the next 371 hours.
During an Ozzy Osbourne gig at The Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, seventeen year old audience member Mark Neal throws a dead bat onto the stage. Osbourne, evidently carried away in the heat of the moment, picks up the bat and bites its head off, and has to be rushed to the nearby Broadlawns Medical Center for rabies shots.
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UK electronic-rocker Gary Numan emergency-lands his Cessna light aircraft on the A3051 - an English public highway from Botley to Winchester - but escapes unhurt.
UK tabloid newspaper The Sun publishes a picture on its front cover purporting to show Michael Jackson in the £85,000 hyperbaric oxygen-enriched bed which he reportedly believes will help him live to be 150.
John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, wins his self-plagiarism court battle with Fantasy Records. The label claimed Fogerty copied his own song, Run Through The Jungle when he wrote The Old Man Down The Road
Amy Grant begins a legal action against Marvel Comics for including her likeness on the cover of a Dr Strange comic without permission.
Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses pops round to girlfriend Erin Everly's house at 4a.m., tells her that he has a gun in his car and threatens that, if she doesn't marry him, he will kill himself. Despite the fact that he has physically abused her in the past, she agrees to marry him.
Erin Everly marries Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He will almost immediately file for divorce, citing 'irreconcilable differences.'
Madonna exposes her breasts in front of 6,000 people during an AIDS benefit show with Jean Paul Gaultier at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Also appearing as catwalk models in the show are singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
When Kiss fan Bill Rexer is married at a Kiss convention in New York City, USA, the best man is bassist Gene Simmons, and the bride is given away by guitarist Paul Stanley.
In Los Angeles Country Superior Court, Los Angeles, California, USA, Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac is awarded a restraining order against 38-year-old mental patient Ronald Anacelteo, who is believed to want to kidnap her and "absorb her spiritual powers".
Ol' Dirty Bastard of The Wu-Tang Clan pleads not guilty to crack cocaine and marijuana possession charges in court in New York City, USA. The court is told that when the rapper was arrested in July 99, he tried to get police to overlook the crack. "Can you make the drugs disappear?" asked the rapper, "The marijuana charge, I'll take. Make the rocks disappear - the kids look up to me. I'm a role model. Do the right thing. You're gonna know who I am."
Mariah Carey, on the verge of a breakdown, appears on MTV's TRL in New York City, USA, and begins stripping off her clothes. Within a week she will be in Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, Connecticut, being treated for 'exhaustion'.
Ray Davies of The Kinks is shot in the leg while chasing a shotgun-wielding mugger, Jerome Barra, through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Barra had snatched a purse belonging to Davies' girlfriend as they strolled down Burgundy Street in the early evening.
Britney Spears' marriage to her childhood friend, Jason Allen Alexander, is annulled. The pair had married just two days earlier at the Little White Chapel On The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, but twelve hours later she contacted her lawyers to ask to have their union annulled.
Britney Spears is photographed in public wearing a t-shirt bearing the slogan Brunettes Are So Hot Right Now. In recent days she has also been seen out and about wearing such slogans as I'm A Virgin (but this is an old t-shirt), MILF In Training, How Could I Say No? and Shut Up And Do Me.
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Record producer and musician Roger Greenawalt performs his "Beatles Complete On Ukulele" concert for the first time, by playing all 185 original songs written by The Beatles in one day on ukulele with sixty guest singers at Elizabeth Streb's SLAM Action Lab in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.
A life-sized statue of Elton John, sculpted in chocolate, is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's in London, England, UK, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate.
Former 60s pop idol Wayne Fontana is remanded in custody in Glossop, Derbyshire, England, UK, on charges of having set a car alight with a bailiff inside when he was pursued for bankruptcy.
Bluegrass banjo star Eddie Adcock plays his Deering GoodTime banjo while undergoing brain surgery at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A debilitating hand tremor was threatening Adock's career, and he played banjo on the operating table so that surgeons could see precisely where to operate on his brain. Adcock immediately regained his ability and was able to play at full speed once again.
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Taylor Mitchell dies, aged 19, of blood loss after being bitten by coyotes while walking in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Evelyn Evelyn - described as the world's only conjoined-twin singer-songwriter duo - release their debut LP, Evelyn Evelyn in the USA. They are, in fact Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) and folk-punk musician Jason Webley, dressed in connected garments.
Obeying his GPS navigation device without question, a Bavarian driver does a U-turn on a motorway and drives against the flow of traffic. As a result, he crashes into another car and injures an 11-year-old boy. Reading of this incident in a newspaper, Duran Duran will write the song Blame The Machines.
A rotten tooth extracted from the mouth of John Lennon of The Beatles in the mid-60s is sold to Canadian dentist Michael Zuk for £19,500 [$31,000] at Omega Auctions, Stockport, England, UK, Europe.
Axl Rose announces that he is rejecting his imminent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His open letter to the Hall Of Fame committee states, "I won't be attending The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N' Roses to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I strongly request that I not be inducted in absentia and please know that no-one is authorized nor may anyone be permitted to accept any induction for me or speak on my behalf."
Two of the conical bra stage costumes worn onstage by Madonna during her Blonde Ambtion Tour in 1990 are sold to a private bidder for almost £50,000 at Christie's Auction House in London, England, UK, Europe.
Market trader Muhammad Shahid Nazir, better known as '1 Fish Man, releases his debut single, The '1 Fish Song. The novelty song - essentially his pitch to customers at his market stall in East London, has become an internet phenomenon, racking up 3.5m views on YouTube, prompting the release of the single.
When Trash Talk play at the Zumiez Best Foot Forward event in the Michigan Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA, bassist Spencer Pollard brings down a drone camera hovering near the stage by throwing beer bottles and cans at it.
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It is reported that a significant number of One Direction fans have requested "compassionate leave" from work, after being left 'distraught' by singer Zayn Malik's recent departure from the pop group. The Employer Advice Service has received over 220 such calls from One Direction fans.
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It is reported that convicted paedophile Rolf Harris has written a song while in jail criticising his victims and describing them in insulting terms. The lawyers for his victims have now called for Harris to be denied parole.
District Judge George H. King in Los Angeles, California, USA, rules that the copyright originally filed by the Clayton F Summy Co in 1935 in respect of the song Happy Birthday To You applied to a specific arrangement of the song, not the tune itself or its lyric. As a result, performers can finally sing and record Happy Birthday without paying royalties.
It is announced that a newly discovered species of tarantula spider has been named Aphonopelma johnnycashi, because it was discovered near Folsom State Prison in California, USA. The logic behind the naming is that Folsom Prison Blues is one of Johnny Cash's best-known songs, and that the spider is mainly black in colour - 'The Man In Black' being a well-known nickname for Johnny Cash.
Madonna invites a female fan, 17 year-old Josephine Georgiou, to join her on stage during show at The Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia, Oceania, then pulls down Miss Georgiou's corset top exposing one of her breasts to thousands of fans at the venue. The fan later declares it to have been "the greatest moment of my life".