On December 17th, 1969, an estimate 50 million TV viewers watched as singer Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki on NBC's "Tonight Show." The event earned the show its highest ratings to that date.
Also in 1969, Chicago's first album, "Chicago Transit Authority," was certified gold.
In 1970, the Beach Boys played a command 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 U.S. visas. Costello was told not to play his song "Radio, Radio" because of its criticisms of the broadcasting industry, but he interrupted another song to play it.
In 1982, The Who played the last show of its farewell tour at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. By the end of the decade, they had reunited for another tour.
Also in 1982, bluesman Big Joe Williams died of natural causes in Macon, Mississippi, at the age of 79. His best know songs include "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Big Fat Mama."
In 1986, a jury in Las Vegas found NBC guilty of defaming singer Wayne Newton by linking him to organized crime.
In 1989, "The Simpsons" made its debut on Fox.
In 1992, Barbra Streisand signed a movie and music deal with Sony. Terms weren't revealed, but sources estimated the deal was worth $60 million.
In 1997, The Presidents of the United States of America announced their breakup. They have since gotten back together.
In 2001, comedian Tom Green filed for divorce from actress Drew Barrymore after less than six months of marriage.
Today's birthdays: Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 76. Keyboardist-singer Art Neville of the Neville Brothers is 75. Actor Bernard Hill is 68. Actor Ernie Hudson ("Ghostbusters") is 67. "Hardball" host Chris Matthews is 67. Actor-comedian Eugene Levy is 66. Drummer Jim Bonfanti of The Raspberries is 64. Singer Paul Rodgers is 63. Singer Wanda Hutchinson of The Emotions is 61. Country singer Sharon White of The Whites is 59. Actor Barry Livingston ("My Three Sons") is 59. Actor Bill Pullman is 59. Director-producer Peter Farrelly ("There's Something About Mary," "Dumb and Dumber") is 56. Bassist Mike Mills of R.E.M. is 54. Singer Sarah Dallin of Bananarama is 51. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 46. Bassist Duane Propes of Little Texas is 46. Actress Laurie Holden ("The Walking Dead") is 43. DJ Homicide of Sugar Ray is 42. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas ("The District") is 42. Drummer Eddie Fisher of OneRepublic is 39. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 38. Actress Milla Jovovich (YO'-vuh-vich) ("Zoolander," "The Fifth Element") is 37. Actress Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter") is 33. Singer Ben Goldwasser of MGMT is 30. Actress Emma Bell ("The Walking Dead") is 26. Actor-singer Nat Wolff ("The Naked Brothers Band") is 18.