On December 17, 1969, an estimated 50 million viewers watched singer Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicki on NBC’s “Tonight Show.” The event earned the show its highest ratings to date.
Also in 1969, Chicago’s debut album, “Chicago Transit Authority”, was certified gold.
In 1970 the Beach Boys played a commissioned performance for Princess Margaret in London.
In 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions performed on “Saturday Night Live” as a last-minute replacement for the Sex Pistols, who were denied US visas. Costello was told not to play his song “Radio, Radio” because of his criticism of the broadcasting industry, but he interrupted another song to play it.
In 1982, The Who played the last show of their farewell tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. By the end of the decade, they had reunited for another tour.
Also in 1982, blues musician Big Joe Williams died of natural causes in Macon, Mississippi, at the age of 79. Her best known songs include “Baby Please Don’t Go” and “Big Fat Mama”.
In 1986, a Las Vegas jury found NBC guilty of defaming singer Wayne Newton by linking him to organized crime.
In 1989, “The Simpsons” debuted on Fox.
In 1992 Barbra Streisand signed a film and music deal with Sony. Terms were not disclosed, but sources estimated the deal was worth $60 million.
In 1997, the Presidents of the United States of America announced their first breakup. They got back together twice. Their last breakup dates back to the summer of 2015.
In 2001, comedian Tom Green filed for divorce from actor Drew Barrymore after less than six months of marriage.
Today’s birthdays: Singer-actor Tommy Steele turns 86. Actor Bernard Hill is 78 years old. Actor Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”) is 77 years old. Former “Hardball” host Chris Matthews is 77. Actor-comedian Eugene Levy is 76 years old. Actor Marilyn Hassett (“The Other Side of the Mountain”) is 75 years old. Actor Wes Studi (TV’s “Comanche Moon,” “Into the West”) is 75. Drummer Jim Bonfanti of The Raspberries is 74 years old. Actor Joel Brooks (“Six Feet Under”) is 73 years old. Singer Paul Rodgers is 73 years old. Singer Wanda Hutchinson Vaughn of The Emotions is 71. Country singer Sharon White of The Whites is 69. Actor Barry Livingston (“My Three Sons”) is 69. Actor Bill Pullman is 69 years old. Producer Peter Farrelly (FAYR’-eh-lee) (“There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber”) is 66. REM bassist Mike Mills is 64 years old. Bananarama singer Sarah Dallin is 61 years old. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 56. Little Texas bassist Duane Propes is 56 years old. Actor Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”) is 53 years old. Sugar Ray’s DJ Homicide is 52 years old. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas (“The District”) is 52. Actor Claire Forlani (“Meet Joe Black,” ″CSI: NY”) is 51. OneRepublic drummer Eddie Fisher is 49. The Actor Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) is 48. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 48. Actress Marissa Ribisi (“Pleasantville”) is 48. Actress Milla Jovovich (YOH’-vuh-vich) (“Zoolander,” “The Fifth Element”) is 47. MGMT singer Ben Goldwasser is 40. -ee) Ekko is 39. Actress Shannon Woodward (“Westworld,” “Raising Hope”) is 38 The actress Emma Bell (“The Walking Dead”) is 36. The actress Vanessa Zima (of the film “Ulee’s Gold”, of the television “Murder One”) is 36 years old. Paramore guitarist Taylor York is 33 years old. Actor Graham Rogers (“Quantico”) is 32 years old. Actor-singer Nat Wolff (“The Naked Brothers Band”) is 28 years old.