Today's birthdays include entertainer Robert Goulet, who was born in 1933 (age 68); Tina Turner in 1938 (age 63); Them bassist John Henderson in 1944 (age 57); John McVie of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac in 1945 (age 56); Focus's Bert Ruiter in 1946 (age 55); and UB40's Norman Hassan in 1957 (age 44).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1956, big band leader Tommy Dorsey died at age 51.
In 1966, the Temptations' "(I Know) I'm Losing You" entered the pop music charts.
Also in 1966, Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" entered the charts.
In 1968, Cream --- Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce -- played its farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
In 1973, the New York Dolls debuted at a London restaurant.
Also in 1973, John Rostill -- bassist with the 1960s group The Shadows -- was electrocuted while playing guitar in his home studio.
In 1976, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley quit 10cc. They later became prominent video producers.
In 1977, the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K." album was released.
In 1980, Paul McCartney's "Wings Over America" tour film, titled "Rockshow," premiered in New York.
In 1983, Quiet Riot's "Metal Health" was the No. 1 album.
Also in 1983, "PYT" became the sixth top-10 single from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album.
And in 1983, David Bowie played to an estimated 80,000 people in Auckland, New Zealand.
In 1991, Ozzy Osbourne broke his foot during a Chicago concert. The injury later forced him to cancel the rest of his tour.
In 1995, Bruce Springsteen kicked off his U.S. tour in support of his new album "The Ghost of Tom Joad."
In 1997, a reunited New Edition announced plans for its first tour in a decade. The road trip started a month later, Dec. 27, in Boston, the band's hometown.
Also in 1996, a Los Angeles judge revoked the probation of Death Row Record CEO Marion "Suge" Knight, ordering him to stay in jail at least three months after finding Knight violated probation in his assault case by taking part in a September fight at a Las Vegas hotel. That altercation had taken place shortly before the drive-by shooting that killed rapper Tupac Shakur.
In 1997, a Los Angeles judge issued an arrest warrant for ex-Milli Vanilli Robert Pilatus after he didn't show up for a court hearing. Pilatus had been charged with probation violations stemming from an attempted car burglary in September 1995 and three separate attacks on people in April 1996.
In 1999, the British pop trio Muse launched its first U.S. tour in Atlanta.
Today's musical quiz:
What's Tina Turner's real name? Answer: Annie Mae Bullock.