1982: Hall And Oates overtook The Everly Brothers as the top recording duo of all time when their biggest hit, "Maneater" reached number 1 on the US singles chart. It made #6 in the UK.
1955: While their hit "Only You" was still at #2, The Platters' "The Great Pretender" enters the Billboard R&B chart at #13.
1991: Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonald's Restaurants of Canada seeking $14 million in damages because they allegedly used an imitation of his voice. The song "The Twist" had been used in a French fry commercial.
1967: Just a few days after it was released, The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" LP goes Gold. It would top the Billboard Hot 200 album chart for eight weeks and receive a Grammy nomination for Best Album.
1953: "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas", recorded earlier in the year by 10 year old Gayla Peevey, inspired an Oklahoma City fund-raising effort to buy a hippopotamus for the Oklahoma City Zoo. Oklahomans raised $4,000 for the cause, with much of the money coming from children. The zoo bought a 3-year-old hippo named Matilda who had eight offspring and died in 1998.