1966 The Monkees television show premieres on NBC. Producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson decided to emulate the zany, madcap humor of the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night for the small screen. When they placed an ad in Variety for four Folk and Rock musicians to appear in a TV series, over 400 applied for the job, including Stephen Stills, John Sebastian, Harry Nilsson and Danny Hutton, but only one of the four winners, Michael Nesmith, actually saw the ad. Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork found out from other sources.
1980 ABC-TV’s 20/20 airs a report questioning the official cause of Elvis’ death.
1990 Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks both announce that they’ll no longer perform with Fleetwood Mac. A little over two years later, they reunited with the group to sing at President Clinton’s inauguration.
2003 Johnny Cash died at the age of 71. During his career, Cash won 11 Grammys, most recently in 2003, when “Give My Love To Rose” earned him honors as Best Male Country Vocal Performance. He also notched fourteen number 1 Country music hits. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
2007 Led Zeppelin announced that they would reform for one night only at London’s O2 arena. The event was a tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder and chairman Ahmet Ertegun, who died December 14th, 2006, at the age of 83.
2013 Ray Dolby, the US engineer who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered noise reduction in audio recordings, died of leukemia at the age of 80.