Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Hilary Hahn!
110 years ago
Reginald Fessenden reportedly transmitted the first radio broadcast, consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
80 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 6
This was the last episode of the series, and the last radio appearances for Messrs. Hector and West in their respective roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Mr. Hector played Sherlock Holmes in an experimental television broadcast in 1937. There were no more new Sherlock Holmes radio broadcasts until October 2, 1939, when Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce began reprising their movie roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a series on NBC.
75 years ago
Japanese forces conquered the Malaysian city of Kuching, while British forces conquered Benghazi, Libya.
50 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Friday on My Mind--The Easybeats
#1 single in France: Les Playboys--Jacques Dutronc (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): E' la pioggia che va--The Rokes
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Dandy--The Kinks
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Friday on My Mind--The Easybeats; The Dukes
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band (3rd week at #1)
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'm a Believer--The Monkees
2 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
3 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
4 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
5 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
6 Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly--Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
7 That's Life--Frank Sinatra
8 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
9 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
10 A Place in the Sun--Stevie Wonder
Singles entering the chart were Color My World by Petula Clark (#76); Another Night by Dionne Warwick (#82); How Do You Catch a Girl by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (#86); Kind of a Drag by the Buckinghams (#89); It's Now Winter's Day by Tommy Roe (#96); Take Me for a Little While by Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (#97); Peak of Love by Bobby McClure (#98); Walk Tall by 2 of Clubs (#99); The Little Black Egg by the Nightcrawlers (#100); Look at Granny Run, Run by Howard Tate (also #100); and Grizzly Bear by the Youngbloods (also #100).
The U.S.S.R. lunar probe Luna 13 made a soft landing in Oceanus Procellarum (Ocean of Storms), three days after launch.
A three-day cease-fire in the Vietnam War began. Shootings by Viet Cong soldiers were called "incidents" by the United States.
129 people were killed when a Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashed into a small village in South Vietnam.
40 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Money, Money, Money--ABBA (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Daddy Cool--Boney M. (11th week at #1)
Politics and government
The Japanese Diet narrowly elected Takeo Fukuda, 71, as Prime Minister, two days after he had been elected leader of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party by the party's caucus. He replaced Takeo Miki, who had resigned after the party suffered losses in the December 5 parliamentary elections.
30 years ago
#1 single in Sweden: The Way You Are--Agnetha Fältskog and Ola Håkansson (6th week at #1)
Died on this date
Gardner Fox, 75. U.S. writer. Mr. Fox wrote several thousand stories under his own name and various pseudonyms for comic books--mainly Detective Comics--and pulp fiction magazines, and also wrote novels.
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