DECEMBER 4, 1949: Actor, singer and producer Jeff Bridges is born in Los Angeles, California.
Dec. 4, 1956: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash record an impromptu jam session. The session was popularly known as the “Million Dollar Quartet.”
Dec. 4, 1973: TV personality, producer, actress and former model Tyra Banks is born in Inglewood, California.
Dec. 4, 1991: Paula Abdul is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dec. 4, 2013: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second film in the Hobbit series, premieres in Los Angeles.
Dec. 5, 1901: Walt Disney, a visionary of the American animation industry, who created popular characters like Mickey Mouse, is born in Chicago, Illinois.
Dec. 5, 1968: The Rolling Stones releases its “Beggar’s Banquet” LP.
Dec. 5, 1973: Paul McCartney and Wings release a third studio album, “Band on the Run.”
Dec. 5, 1980: John Lennon gives his last interview. It is to Rolling Stones’ Jonathan Cott.
Dec. 5, 1985: The Eddie Murphy flick “Beverly Hills Cop” is released in theaters.
Dec. 5, 2001: The remake of “Oceans 11” premieres in L.A. with George Clooney starring in Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack” role.
Dec 6, 1877: The phonograph, the first machine to capture sound and play it back, is invented.
Dec. 6, 1962: Sean Connery marries actress Diane Cilento. Cilento claims she is not the least bit jealous of the exotic femmes her husband woos on screen, just as long as she is number one off-screen – which she is.
Dec. 6, 1969: The Altamont Speedway Free Festival takes place in California. The Rolling Stones hire the Hells Angels to police the concert for $500 worth of beer.
Dec. 6, 1988: Metallica records its first music video for the hit “One.”
Dec. 6, 2002: Winona Ryder is sentenced to three years probation and 480 hours of community service for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue. She is ordered to pay more than $11,300 in fines and undergo drug and psychological counseling.
Dec. 7, 1960: Audrey Hepburn rocks out on set while filming “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Dec. 7, 1963: The Singing Nun’s song “Dominique” reaches the top of the U.S. pop charts.
Dec. 7, 1969: Roman Polanski’s film “Rosemary’s Baby” opens in theaters.
Dec. 7, 1984: Michael Jackson testifies in an Illinois court that the song “The Girl is Mine” was written by him, and not an Illinois man. He wins the case.
Dec. 7, 1986: Ray Charles and entertainer Lucille Ball receive the Kennedy Center Honors. They are seen here reacting to President Ronald Reagan’s comments during a tribute to the performers at the White House.
Dec. 7, 1996: Jerry Lewis’ suit is stolen! The white and red pinstriped devil suit, with an estimated value of $9,000, was his costume for the play “Damn Yankees.”
Dec. 8, 1963: Frank Sinatra Jr. is kidnapped. Sinatra Sr. pays a $240,000 ransom for the safe return of his son.
Dec. 8, 1969: Keith Richards’ German girlfriend is asked to “marry Richards or get out of the country,” by the British government.
Dec. 8, 1969: Testifying in a trial for the possession of narcotics, Jimi Hendrix declares to the court that he has “outgrown drugs.” After eight hours of deliberation, he is found not guilty.
Dec. 8, 1980: John Lennon is assassinated. The death of Lennon remains a defining moment for a generation, and for the music world.
Dec. 8, 1998: It is announced that Bruce Springsteen will tour again with the E Street Band, after nearly a decade.
Dec. 8, 2000: Sting is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dec. 9, 1967: Jim Morrison is arrested, charged with breach of peace and resisting arrest.
Dec. 9, 1974: George Harrison releases his album “Dark Horse.”
Dec. 9, 1984: The Jacksons perform together for the last time. (Image from 1983)
Dec. 10, 1967: Soul legend Otis Redding dies in a plane crash in Wisconsin.
Dec. 10, 2009: The James Cameron movie “Avatar” premieres across the world.
Dec. 10, 2010: Bob Dylan’s hand-written lyrics of the song “The Times They Are A-Changing,” is auctioned off for a whopping $422,500.