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Rihanna is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Diamonds'

"Diamonds" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic. It was written by Sia Furler together with its producers, Benny Blanco and StarGate. "Diamonds" topped music charts in over twenty countries.

Wham's 'Last Christmas' is the most played festive track

"Last Christmas" is a song by English pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in December 1984, on a double A-side with "Everything She Wants". It was written and produced by George Michael and has been covered by many artists since its original release. Wham! donated all of their royalties to the Ethiopian famine.

Alicia Keys is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'No One'

"No One" is a song by American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys from her third studio album, As I Am. It was written and produced by Keys, Kerry Brothers Jr., and DJ Dirty Harry. "No One" was the most listened-to song on US radio of 2008, with 3.08 billion listeners. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time, having sold 5.6 million copies.

'The Return of the King' premieres in Wellington

The 2003 New Zealand-American epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the third volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings was officially introduced to a close group of participants in Wellington's Embassy Theatre.

Whitney Houston is at #1 on the US singles chart

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" is a song recorded by American singer Whitney Houston for her third album I'm Your Baby Tonight. The song, written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, was released by Arista Records as the lead single from the album of the same name.

'Ice Ice Baby' starts a 4-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Ice Ice Baby" is a hip hop song written by American rapper Vanilla Ice, K. Kennedy, and DJ Earthquake. It was based on the bassline of "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie, who did not initially receive songwriting credit or royalties until after it had become a hit.

Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' album is released

Michael Jackson released his 6th album, Thriller. This album had become the world's best-selling album with sales over 66 million copies worldwide until today. It originates from the previous album Off the Wall and explores genres including pop, post-disco, rock, and funk.

'Green, Green Grass of Home' is at #1 on the UK singles chart

Impressed with the song, Jones recorded and released the song in the UK in 1966 and it reached No. 1 on 1 December, staying there for a total of seven weeks. The song has sold over 1.25 million copies in the UK. Jones' version also reached #11 pop, #12 easy listening on the Billboard US charts.

Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly debut on 'Ed Sullivan Show'

Buddy Holly and the Crickets performed “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” and Sam Cooke sang “You Send Me” and “For Sentimental Reasons” on The Ed Sullivan Show in CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City.

The first edition of Playboy magazine is published

First edition of an American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine features nude photos of Marilyn Monroe. She was also in the cover photo. The magazine became an instant success. It was sold more than 50,000 copies after it was released.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1935

Woody Allen

born 1988

Zoë Kravitz

born 1945

Bette Midler

died 1987

James Baldwin