(Saturday, December 29, 1973) — “D’yer Mak’er” by Led Zeppelin peaked at #20 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, December 29, 1973) — “It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way” by Jim Croce peaked at #64 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Sons of the Desert Fan Made Trailer'
(Friday, December 29, 1933) — Sons of the Desert, a Laurel and Hardy comedy film about two friends who hatch a harebrained scheme to attend a lodge convention over their wives’ objections, was released today in U.S. theaters.
Directed by William A. Seiter, the film starred Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and Mae Busch.
(Monday, December 29, 1913) — The first true “cliffhanger” movie serial, The Adventures of Kathlyn, premiered today.
Filmed in Chicago, its thirteen episodes were directed by Francis J. Grandon from a story by Harold MacGrath and Gilson Willets and starred Kathlyn Williams as the heroine.
Video: 'Dennis Wilson the Real Beach Boy' (presented in six videos)
(Wednesday, December 28, 1983) — Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, 39, drowned today while swimming in the harbor at Marina Del Rey, California.
Video: 'Gulag Archipelago Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 's 1 - 7 audio/bk'
(Friday, December 28, 1973) — The Gulag Archipelago, a three-volume book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about the Soviet forced labor camp system, was published today by the distinguished French publishing house Seuil.
Video: 'The Endangered Species Act: 40 Years at the Forefront of Wildlife Conservation'
(Friday, December 28, 1973) — The Endangered Species Act, designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation,” was signed into law today by President Richard Nixon.
(Saturday, December 28, 1963) — “Since I Fell for You” Lenny Welch peaked at #4 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks.
(Saturday, December 28, 1963) — “Pretty Paper” by Roy Orbison peaked at #15 on today’s Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'The Beatles - I Want to Hold Your Hand 1080p [HD]'
(Thursday, December 26, 1963) — Capitol Records today released the single “I Want to Hold Your Hand”/”I Saw Her Standing There” by The Beatles, which would become the first number one hit in the U.S. for the rock band from Liverpool, England. The single was released two weeks ahead of schedule due to growing demand created by radio airplay.