December 30 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
December 30

1865 : The author, journalist and poet Rudyard Kipling is born at Bombay, Imperial India. The Joni Mitchell song "If" is based on his poem of the same name.

1948 : "Kiss Me Kate", Cole Porter's musical adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play "The Taming Of The Shrew", opens on Broadway at the New Century Theatre.

1962 : Eighteen-year-old Brenda Lee's house in Nashville, Tennessee, catches fire and burns to the ground; Lee's injures herself slightly rushing back into the house to save her poodle, Cee Cee, but the pet unfortunately dies later from smoke inhalation.

1963 : The Beatles win Group and Record Of The Year ("She Loves You") in British music newspaper New Musical Express' annual year-end poll.

1968 : Peter Tork leaves The Monkees, paying $160,000 to buy out his contract.

1969 : Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving On A Jet Plane" is certified gold.

1969 : Psychedelic rockers The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band announce that they are breaking up.

1976 : ABBA's "Greatest Hits" is certified gold.

1978 : Emerson, Lake & Palmer publicly announce their breakup.

1999 : Slade singer Noddy Holder is awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II, and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire).

1999 : George Harrison is nearly killed when the mentally disturbed Michael Abram breaks into his home and stabs him in the chest. Harrison's wife, Olivia, saves her husband by attacking Abram with a poker and a table lamp. George suffers a collapsed lung, but survives.

2002 : After being pulled over for driving erratically, Diana Ross is arrested in Tucson, Arizon, for driving under the influence, with a blood alcohol limit reportedly twice the legal limit. She fails all sobriety tests at the scene, reportedly falling over when asked to walk a straight line. She is charged with three misdemeanor DUIs.

2003 : The Nation of Islam activist group denies reports that it has begun handling the affairs of Michael Jackson.

2012 : The Birmingham Mail reports that Jim Simpson, the record industry A&R man who discovered and signed Black Sabbath, is launching a campaign to have the airport in Birmingham, England, renamed as "The Ozzy Osbourne International Airport". No word on whether the planes would play "Flying High Again" on takeoff and landing.

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