1970: "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", taken from the soundtrack of the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, becomes BJ Thomas' third US Top Ten hit and his first number one. It made #38 in the U
1999: Soul singer Isaac Hayes topped the UK chart with a tune called "Chocolate Salty Balls", using the exaggerated deep voice of Chef, his character in the animated TV series South Park.
1936: Billboard magazine issued its first record sales chart, with "Stop! Look! Listen!" by Jazz artist Joe Venuti listed as the number one record.
1972: Dick Clark's first Rockin' New Years Eve airs on ABC-TV, starring Three Dog Night, Al Green and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
1981: The J. Geils Band album "Freeze-Frame" is awarded a Gold record. The LP would reach number one on the Billboard Hot 200 chart in February 1982 and remain at the top for four weeks on the strength of the hit singles "Centerfold" and "Freeze Frame".