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The Imperial Japanese Navy launches a surprise military strike against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA. The attack will lead to the United States' entry into World War II, and it will also inspire the 1942 Frank Loesser song Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition. (More specifically, the inspiration came from an apocryphal tale about a chaplain at Pearl Harbour who manned a gun turret while uttering what would become the song's title phrase).
Jeffery Hanlon is born in Blackpool, UK. After moving to Manchester and changing his name to Jef Hanlon [to sound more like Jet Harris of The Shadows], he will go on to become one of the most successful music promoters in the UK, working with Johnny Mathis, Chuck Berry, Gary Glitter and many others.
Jazz percussionist Leah Ananda records Happy Drums, Jet Propulsion, William Tell and other tracks for Savoy Records in New York City, USA.
Ernest Tubb And His Texas Troubadours play the second of two nights at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, USA.
Craig Breedlove, driving the jet-propelled three-wheeled vehicle Spir it Of America, sets a new world land speed record of 407.4mph at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA. His record-breaking feat is immortalised in The Beach Boys song Spi rit Of America.
British pop star Heinz (Heinz Burt) flies to Sweden, Europe, to begin a ten-day tour.
The British Ministry of Aviation states that, following disruption to services at Heathrow Airport caused by crowds of airline staff flocking onto the tarmac to see The Beatles landing a few days earlier, they will investigate arrangements for VIP and celebrity arrivals at the airport.
Gene Vincent flies home to the USA from London, England, UK, to spend Christmas with his parents.
The Beatles leave the UK to carry out further filming for their second movie, Help!, in Austria, Europe.
The Byrds and Peter Fonda attend a party at The Beatles' rented home in Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills, California, USA. During the party, Fonda and George Harrison have a conversation which will, in due course, inspire John Lennon to write the song She Said, She Said. During the day, two girl fans hire a helicopter to fly over the Benedict Canyon mansion, one of whom jumps from it into the swimming pool.
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The Kinks fly from London, England, UK, to Germany, Europe, to begin a tour.
Johnny Cash has spent a night in El Paso jail, having been arrested at the Mexican Border after U.S. Customs agents found hundreds of pep pills and tranquilizers in his luggage. Cash was returning by plane from a trip to Juarez, Mexico. He will later plead guilty to a misdemeanor count, eventually paying a $1000 fine and receiving a 30-day suspended sentence.
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Frank Sinatra, with Sonny Burke And Orchestra, records Come Fly With Me, I'll Never Smile Again, From Here To Eternity and Love And Marriage for Reprise Records in United Recording Studio A, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Liverpool band The Searchers fly to Germany, Europe, to begin a brief tour.
The Moody Blues return to the UK at the end of a tour of the USA.
The Small Faces fly out of London, England, UK, Europe,bound for Bremen, to begin a series of live dates in Germany and Belgium, Europe.
Boeing Duveen And The Beautiful Soup release a new single, Jabberwock / Which Dreamed It on Parlophone Records in the UK. Boeing Duveen is in fact Sam Hutt, who will move into country music, adopting the pseudonym Hank Wangford.
Amen Corner release a new single, High In The Sky, in the UK, Europe.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience fly from Texas to New York City, USA.
The Doors, on an Air India flight, depart from Kennedy International Airport, Queens, New York, USA, flying to Heathrow Airport, near London, UK. In the coming days they will plays live shows in London and on the European mainland, as well as making tv appearances.
With the Jimi Hendrix Experience falling apart, drummer Mitch Mitchell flies to London, UK, while Hendrix books into The Hotel Navarro, New York City, USA.
Dusty Springfield flies from London, England, UK, Europe, to America for tv appearances.
Jim Morrison of The Doors flies from Los Angeles, California, USA, to Paris, France, Europe.
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Soul singer Gloria Jones returns to London, England, UK, Europe,from the USA where she has been making an LP.
Singer-guitarist Leon Redbone survives when a small plane crashes in Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA.
Jet magazine reports that Paul Service, drummer of the band GQ, has been hospitalised following a car accident in New York City, USA, during which he fractured his wrist and suffered multiple cuts to his head and body.
Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney touch down in Heathrow Airport, London, England, UK, Europe, after a visit to California, USA.
The first airlift of emergency supplies paid for by Band Aid leaves the UK headed for Addis Ababa. Midge Ure helps load the plane with medicines, food, milk, Land Rovers, tents and water tanks, then flies off to help supervise distribution in Africa.
On their North American tour, The Smiths fly from New York City to San Francisco, California, USA.
Andy Chapin, keyboardist with Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, is killed in the same Texas plane crash which kills Nelson. Chapin had also played keyboards for a later version of Steppenwolf.
The Cure set off from Heathrow, London, England, UK, Europe, via Spain, to begin a tour of South America.
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Madonna arrives at Heathrow Airport, near London, England, UK, Europe, where she is accorded a fan welcome the like of which had not been seen since the heyday of The Beatles.
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones flies out of New York City, USA, to Paris, France, Europe, because the band is due to start tour rehearsals shortly at the Château du Dangu near Paris.
Former Ozark Mountain Daredevils' member Stephen Canaday dies when the vintage aeroplane in which he is riding crashes into a vacant house in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Tennessee General Assembly issues a decree honouring country singer-songwriter Darryl Worley for his support of American troops. The resolution specifically hails his post-9/11 composition Have You Forgotten?
Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy Osbourne, claims that $400,000 worth of designer watches and jewels were stolen from his luggage in LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA, before he boarded a plane to Britain earlier this month.
Duran Duran play at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Rapper Coolio is arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and charged with drug possession. He is subsequently released on $10,000 (£7,000) bail.
Billy Talent play at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Pete Doherty, The Kook, Enter Shikari, UNKLE, Orbital, Billy Bragg, Imogen Heap, Dan Le Sac, Reverend Jon McClure, Crystal Fighters, Mr Hudson, Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots), The Big Pink, Coldcut, Does It Offend You Yeah?, Penguin Prison, Aeroplane, John Foxx, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and Kilford The Music Painter gather at Dean Street Studios, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe, to re-record avant-garde musician John Cage's celebrated composition, 4'33", which comprises of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence. The aim is to make the silent single the UK's No1 song at Christmas.
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything by Elbow makes its debut at No1 in the Official UK Albums Chart.
On her Prismatic Tour, Katy Perry plays the second of two nights at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Spotify release their annual Year in Music list, showing Ed Sheeran as 2015's most streamed artist, with 3bn streams and 59m listeners. In second place, Drake notched up 1.8bn streams in 2015 and 46m listeners. With over 1bn streams and 57m listeners, Rihanna is the year's most streamed female artist.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On their The River Tour, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band play at The American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
On his Saint Pablo tour, Kanye West plays the second of two nights at The Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
On their This House Is Not For Sale tour, Bon Jovi play at The Air Canada Cenrtre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Popular Ugandan singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known to fans as Bobi Wine, is arrested at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, Africa. He had been released on bail (while facing charges of treason), and was now attempting to leave Uganda to receive medical attention abroad.
On his 'final' tour, entitled Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John plays the first of two nights at The American Airlines Center, Dallas Texas, USA.