Undated -- On Dec. 1, 1950, Sam Cooke joined the gospel group The Soul Stirrers.
In 1956, the Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide," based on the story by Voltaire, opened on Broadway.
In 1957, Buddy Holly and Sam Cooke made their national TV debuts on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1958, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" opened on Broadway. Also, RCA Records signed singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka.
In 1960, Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported from West Germany on suspicion of arson after their hotel room mysteriously caught fire.
In 1982, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album was released. It went on to become the biggest-selling album of all time.
In 1986, singer Lee Dorsey died in New Orleans of complications from emphysema. He's known for the hits "Ya-Ya" and "Working In The Coal Mine."
In 1989, actress Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden filed separate petitions for divorce in Santa Monica, Calif. Both said the split was amicable. Also, actor James Woods and Sarah Marie Owen filed for separation in Los Angeles after four months of marriage.
In 1994, rapper Tupac Shakur was convicted of sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room. Shakur was also recovering from gunshot wounds suffered the day earlier after he was robbed outside a studio in New York.
In 2004, Tom Brokaw hosted his last night of NBC's "Nightly News." He had been on the anchor desk for 23 years.