(Saturday, December 29, 1962) — Monster’s Holiday by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers peaked at #30 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Private Chatfield wrote on 1862-12-29.avi'
(Monday, December 29, 1862; during the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, the opening engagement of the Vicksburg Campaign during the American Civil War) — Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman ordered a frontal assault on Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton at Warren County, Mississippi, today, then withdrew when it was repulsed with heavy casualties. The Confederate victory frustrated Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s attempts to take Vicksburg by direct approach.
Video: 'Paul McCartney - Hope Of Deliverance'
(Monday, December 28, 1992) — Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney released “Hope of Deliverance“/”Long Leather Coat,” the first single from his new album Off The Ground, today in the UK (it was released Jan. 12, 1993 in the U.S.). Continue reading McCartney releases ‘Hope of Deliverance/Long Leather Coat’ single in UK 20 years ago today (1992)
Video: Dec. 28, 1972 (5:58)
(Thursday, December 28, 1972; during Operation Linebacker II, part of the Vietnam War) — Hanoi’s Soviet MiG fighters are now taking the brunt of “The Christmas Bombings” battle over North Vietnam as ammunition is critically short. A thousand surface-to-air missiles have been used, but very few are now in evidence. By now, over 100,000 bombs have been dropped over Hanoi and Haiphong. But 33 U.S. air men are dead or missing.
Video: 'Ebru Today-DC Connection-Vice Presidents, John C. Calhoun'
(Friday, December 28, 1832) — John C. Calhoun, the 7th Vice President of the United States, resigned today, becoming the first of only two vice presidents in U.S. history to do so. Calhoun cited political differences with President Andrew Jackson and a desire to fill a vacant Senate seat in South Carolina. The Petticoat affair was also a major factor in Calhoun’s resignation.
(Saturday, December 27, 1952) — I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jimmy Boyd was the #1 song on today’s Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of two weeks (December 27, 1952, January 3, 1953).
Video: 'Woody Allen's Radio Days Clip III'
(Tuesday, December 27, 1932) — New York City’s Radio City Music Hall opened to the public tonight in midtown Manhattan. Opening night, consisting of several hours of live acts, was considered a disaster, prompting the owners to shift to a format of showing a movie followed by a stage show.
Video: 'Linda - Behind the Lens'
(Saturday, December 26, 1992, Boxing Day, 6:40 p.m. GMT) — Behind The Lens, the Arena documentary on Linda McCartney’s photographic career, premiered today on BBC2 in the UK. It included interviews with rock star husband Paul McCartney, plus friends and associates, and showed a selection of her rock photos of the Beatles, Doors, Stones, Hendrix, Who, Joplin and others.
(Saturday, December 26, 1992) — “These Are Days” by 10,000 Maniacs peaked at #66 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.
Video: Dec. 26, 1972 (at 1:21)
(Tuesday, December 26, 1972; during Operation Linebacker II, part of the Vietnam War) — Following a pause for the Christmas holiday, 220 American aircraft struck targets in North Vietnam today over a fifteen minute period, destroying a missile assembly facility and crippling radar stations and airbases. Continue reading Massive ‘Christmas Bombings’ of North Vietnam resume 40 years ago today (1972)