(Saturday, December 21, 1974) — “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, December 21, 1974) — “Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)” by Al Green peaked at #7 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Lennon Legend: The Very Best Of John Lennon | 10. #9 Dream'
(Saturday, December 21, 1974) — “#9 Dream” by ex-Beatle John Lennon debuted at #68 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
(Saturday, December 21, 1974) — “Mine for Me” by Rod Stewart (written by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney) peaked at #91 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'December 21, 1954 - Senator John F. Kennedy recovering from spinal operations'
(Tuesday, December 21, 1954) — Senator John F. Kennedy was taken by stretcher to a special plane today so he could be flown from the New York Hospital for Special Surgery to the Kennedy home in Palm Beach, Florida, more than two months after undergoing a spinal operation.
Video: 'Tillie's Punctured Romance Nov 14, 1914'
(Monday, December 21, 1914) — The first feature-length silent film comedy, Mack Sennett’s Tillie’s Punctured Romance, starring Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charlie Chaplin, was released today in the U.S.
Video: 'The Conquerors - Episode 8: Sherman's March to the Sea (History Documentary)' (Dec. 21, 1864, at 22:03)
(Wednesday, December 21, 1864; during the American Civil War) — Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman today concluded their 37-day “March to the Sea,” which had begun in Atlanta on Nov. 15, 1864, and ended with the capture of Savannah, Georgia.
Video: 'Harrison (minus Lennon) interview Dec 1974'
(Saturday, December 21, 1974, 5:00 a.m. EST) — Following ex-Beatle George Harrison’s end-of-“George Harrison & Friends North American Tour” party at New York’s Hippopotamus Cluby, fellow former Beatle John Lennon visits George in his hotel room where they are interviewed by the KHJ Los Angeles radio station for a one-hour special. Continue reading
(Friday, December 20, 1974, 8:00 p.m. EST) — Ex-Beatle George Harrison performed tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on the final stop of his 26-city, 45-show “George Harrison & Friends North American Tour” in support of his new single “Dark Horse,” the title track of his new album, and Dark Horse Records. Harrison would never tour North America again.
(Saturday, December 20, 1924) — German Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler was released from prison today after the Bavarian Supreme Court issued a pardon, against the state prosecutor’s objections, having serving nine months for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch; during his time behind bars, he’d written his autobiographical screed, Mein Kampf.