1957: Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded “That’ll Be The Day,” their first and only number one hit.
1963: Vee Jay Records released the first Beatles record in the U.S., “Please Please Me” backed with “Ask Me Why.” At the time, the single went unnoticed by the record-buying public.
1981: Singer Christopher Cross was the big winner at the Grammy Awards, picking up an award for best album for his self-titled debut album. His hit “Sailing” was named best song and best record.
1983: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead in his New York hotel suite. He was 71.
1993: Actor Dick Van Dyke got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the star’s unveiling, Van Dyke was shocked to see that his last name had been engraved as one word instead of two.
1998: Bob Dylan won his first Best Album Grammy for “Time Out of Mind,” his 42nd album. His performance was interrupted by a dancing man with “Soy Bomb” written on his chest. At that same ceremony, singer Shawn Colvin’s acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper ODB, who upstaged her with a rant about his clothes.
2007: Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar, for directing “The Departed.”
Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Ralph Stanley is 87. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 77. Actress Diane Baker is 76. Actress Karen Grassle (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 72. Singer-guitarist Mike Peters of The Alarm and Big Country is 55. Actress Veronica Webb is 49. Actor Alexis Denisof (“Angel,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 48. Actress Tea Leoni is 48. Comedian Carrot Top is 47. Actress Lesley Boone (“Ed”) is 46. Actor Sean Astin is 43. Singer Daniel Powter is 43. Singer Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees is 41. Comedian Chelsea Handler is 39. Actress Rashida Jones (“The Office,” ”Parks and Recreation”) is 38. Singer Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square is 36. Actor Justin Berfield (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 28. Actors James and Oliver Phelps (“Harry Potter”) are 28. Bassist Erik Haager of Carolina Liar is 27.