This Day in Music History
1958 : PFC Elvis Presley goes on maneuvers for the first time, with the 32nd Tank regiment near the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia.
1976 : Firefall's self-titled LP is certified gold.
1977 : Elton John announces his retirement during a concert at London's Empire Pool. He would return to the music business within a year and a half.
1991 : More than 300,000 people attend a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in memory of rock promoter Bill Graham. Among the acts performing are the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joan Baez, Santana and Journey (which reunited for the event).
1992 : Grateful Dead tell stunned fans that they will not play their traditional New Year's Eve concert in San Francisco.
1995 : Hootie & the Blowfish settle out of court with Bob Dylan, who sees their lifting of lyrics from "Tangled Up In Blue" on their hit "Only Want To Be With You" as more plagiarism than tribute.
1997 : In Santa Monica, California, Billy Preston is sentenced to three years in prison for cocaine possession and violating parole.
2001 : Phil Vassar is named songwriter-artist of the year at the 39th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at Nashville's Opryland Hotel.
2003 : "Coldplay Live 2003", a forthcoming DVD release from Coldplay, receives big screen premieres across the U.S.
2004 : Eric Clapton is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.
2005 : Colombian vocalist Juanes adds more statues to his mantel with three wins during the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Juanes, who is the all-time leader with nine wins going into the event, takes home awards for best rock solo vocal album for Mi Sangre, best rock song for "Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor" and best music video for "Volverte a Ver".
2005 : At the MTV Europe Music Awards in Lisbon, Coldplay and Green Day each win two awards.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com