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Today In History: December 28th

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On December 28th, skaters discover “It’s not nice to dance the slam with City Hall; four different performers are in trouble with the law and Bono tries a new vocation

In 1959, “Why”, by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Frankie Avalon[/lastfm] became the last #1 song of the year.  It was also the shortest title of any number one song to date.

In 1968, the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beatles[/lastfm]’ “White” album is at the top of the U.S. album charts.

In 1982, officials in Fullerton, California close a roller rink 3 days before punkers [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Black Flag[/lastfm] are scheduled to perform.  The City Attorney later comments “It’s not nice to dance the slam with City Hall.”

In 2005, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mary J. Blige[/lastfm]‘s The Breakthrough debuted at the top of the American album chart.

In 1967, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]David Bowie[/lastfm] made his professional mime debut at the Oxford Theatre in London.

In 1992, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Harry Connick Jr[/lastfm]. spends the night in jail after trying to take an unlicensed, unloaded automatic weapon aboard a plane.  He’s released on his own recognizance the next day.

In 1968, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Doors[/lastfm]‘ “Touch Me” was released.

In 1968, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Marvin Gaye[/lastfm] dominated the charts with “Heard It Through The Grapevine”, the single stood as the longest-running number #1 single for Motown until 1981.

In 1983, bass player Paul Goddard announces he’s leaving [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Atlanta Rhythm Section[/lastfm].

In 1976, bluesman [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Freddie King[/lastfm] dies at the age of 42.  He was a major influence on many British rockers, including [lastfm link_type=""]Eric Clapton[/lastfm].

In 1968, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Led Zeppelin[/lastfm] played their first ever gig in Canada at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum, supporting Vanilla Fudge and the MC5.

In 1999, two months after [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Los Lobos[/lastfm] guitarist Cesar Rosas’ wife disappeared, her half-brother Gabriel Gomez pleaded not guilty to her kidnapping and murder.

In 2003, in an interview with 60 Minutes, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] denied allegations of child abuse, saying, “Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists.” He also claimed he was roughed up by the Santa Barbara police after he turned himself in to face charges earlier in the month.

In 1972, Bianca and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mick Jagger[/lastfm] arrived in Managua, Nicaragua to search for Bianca’s mother in the wake of an earthquake that had devastated the city. They brought medical supplies with them. Bianca’s mother was eventually found safe and well.

In 1986, 5 years after breaking up, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Knack[/lastfm] reunite and perform a show at the Roxy.

In 2001, a district court judge reduced a charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct against [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Marilyn Manson[/lastfm] to disorderly conduct. A second charge, a misdemeanor count of assault and battery, remained unchanged. The charges stemmed from a concert that July in Clarkston, Michigan, where Manson allegedly assaulted a security guard.

In 1981, MTV is named “Product of the Year” by Fortune magazine.

In 1968, the first major rock festival held on the east coast began.  The Miami Festival drew 100-thousand people over its three days. The line-up included [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jose Feliciano[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Procol Harum[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Fleetwood Mac[/lastfm].

In 1975, during a concert in Spokane, Washington, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ted Nugent[/lastfm] stares down the barrel of a .44 magnum as a concert goer forced his way to the front of the stage.  Ted’s band dove for cover but Nugent plays on and the gunman is arrested by security personnel.

In 1999, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Puff Daddy[/lastfm] held a press conference to proclaim his innocence on a stolen weapon charge. He said he had nothing to do with a New York club shooting that left three people injured.  Diddy’s then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez was with him at the time of the incident.

In 1983, Dennis Wilson of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beach Boys[/lastfm] drowned while swimming near his boat in the harbor at Marina Del Rey, California.  He was 39.

In 1971, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sha Na Na[/lastfm] performed at Carnegie Hall. The MC for the event was [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Who[/lastfm]‘s Keith Moon, who wore a gold lame suit for the occasion.

In 1992, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul Simon[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Edie Brickell[/lastfm] became the proud parents of Adrian Edward Simon.

In 1983, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tracy Ullman[/lastfm] marries Allan McKeown.

In 2004, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]U2[/lastfm]‘s Bono was the guest editor for the day on BBC Radio 4’s flagship news program, Today.

In 1981, WEA Records boosts the rice of 45 RPM singles from $1.69 to $1.98—an 18% increase. Other labels follow suit.

In 2003, the Who’s [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Pete Townshend[/lastfm] told a London newspaper he contemplated suicide after police arrested him for accessing a kiddie porn Web site. Charges were later dropped.

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