Music History for Wednesday, 12/11/13
2012 - Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar master who taught George Harrison how to play the instrument, died following complications from heart valve surgery. Shankar was 92.
2008 - Dierks Bentley performed "Feel that Fire," "Beautiful World" and "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.
2005 - Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood were among the stars performing for President George W. Bush at the annual Christmas in Washington concert, which aired on TNT at a later date.
2002 - Willie Nelson performed "Georgia on my Mind" at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway in honor of award recipient Jimmy Carter.
2002 - Diamond Rio shot their video for "I Believe" in Nashville.
2000 - Radiohead premiered re-recordings of four songs from their album Kid A on BBC Radio.
1999 - Brad Paisley went to number one for the first time with "He Didn't Have to Be."
1998 - Afhgan Whigs lead singer Greg Dulli got into a fight with a security guard following the band's concert at the Liberty Lunch Club in Austin, Texas. Dulli fractured the base of his skull in the fight.
1997 - Jewel, Emmylou Harris and Sinead O'connor performed the Beatles' classic, "In My Life," at the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo.
1995 - "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio, featuring L.V., was at the top of the year-end Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1995 - Cracked Rear View by Hootie & The Blowfish topped the year's Billboard Albumschart.
1976 - Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida after he touched a short-circuited light. He was carried from the stage, but returned 10 minutes later to continue and finish the show.
1976 - Bob Seger released the album Night Moves.
1972 - James Brown was arrested after a show in Knoxville, Tennessee and charged with disorderly conduct after being accused of trying to incite a riot. The charges were dropped when Brown threatened to sue for $1 million.
1971 - Carly Simon's Anticipation was released.
1970 - Ringo Starr's movie, The Magic Christian,premiered in London.
1964 - Singer Sam Cooke was stabbed to death at a $12-a-night motel, allegedly by a jealous husband.
1963 - Hank Williams Jr. had his first recording session at age 14 in Nashville. He recorded several of his father's songs, including "You Win Again," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
1960 - Aretha Franklin made her New York debut at the Village Vanguard.
1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown.
1951 - Hank Thompson recorded "The Wild Side of Life" and "Waiting in the Lobby of Your Heart" at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.
1946 - Hank Williams had his first recording session at the WSM Studios in Nashville.
General History for Wednesday, 12/11/13
1872 - Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor of Louisiana, making him America's first African-American governor.
1936 - Britain's King Edward The Eighth abdicated the throne to marry American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1941 - Germany and Italy declared war on the United States. The U.S., in turn, declared war on the two countries.
1951 - Joe Dimaggio announced his retirement from Major League Baseball.
1961 - The first American military support for South Vietnam's battle against Communist guerrillas arrived in Saigon.
1980 - President Carter signed into law legislation creating a $1.6 billion environmental Superfund to pay for cleaning up chemical spills and toxic waste dumps.
1990 - Ivana Trump was divorced from real estate mogul Donald Trump after 12 years of marriage.
1999 - University of Wisconsin tailback Ron Dayne won the Heisman Trophy.
2001 - Federal prosecutors charged Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, with conspiring to murder thousands in the September 11th suicide hijackings.
2008 - Former Hollywood heartthrob-turned-character actor Van Johnson died in New York at 92 years old.
2009 - After 10 years, Diane Sawyer signed offfrom her anchor chair at Good Morning America.
2010 - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaking from earthquake-ravaged Haiti, urged the U.S. government and fellow Americans to do more to help in the wake of a devastating quake.
2010 - More than 1,200 mourners packed a Raleigh church to pay their respects to Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of disgraced former presidential candidate John Edwards.
2011 - After Iran captured an advanced American drone, President Obama announced he asked the regime for the drone back. Iran refused.