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January, 1

  • 2000 Former Beatle George Harrison is discharged from the hospital to enjoy what is left of the New Year celebrations at home with his family after having been stabbed in a life-and-death struggle with an intruder. Harrison, 56, narrowly avoided death when he was stabbed by an intruder armed with a six-inch knife in his home two days before.
  • 1999 Alyssa Milano weds Cinjun August Tate of Remy Zero in Louisiana. The star of the WB TV series “Charmed” marries Tate at a plantation home, Rosewood, near Baton Rouge.
  • 1997 Townes Van Zandt, the singer-songwriter who wrote the country hits “If I Needed You” and “Pancho and Lefty” and gained a cult following for his blues-inspired recordings about life’s losers, dies from a heart attack.
  • 1997 Many fans at the Three Tenors New Year’s Eve concert at Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium are angered and disappointed when Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavorotti leave the stage before the stroke of midnight, missing the “Auld Lang Syne” sing-along with the crowd.
  • 1995 Singer-songwriter Ted Hawkins dies in an L.A. hospital after suffering a stroke. The 58-year-old former street musician released his first major-label recording, “The Next Hundred Years,” in 1994.
  • 1985 VH-1 premieres as an adult contemporary music video channel with Marvin Gaye’s “Star Spangled Banner” video.
  • 1967 Gary Lewis of the Playboys is drafted into the U.S. Army.
  • 1962 The Beatles fail an audition in London for a recording contract with Decca Records.
  • 1958 Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) is born in New York.
  • 1953 Country music singer Hank Williams dies while on his way to a concert in Canton, Ohio. His 1953 song “Your Cheating Heart” is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1983. He wins a posthumous Grammy for the 1989 recording “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” a duet with his son, Hank Williams Jr. The younger Williams mixed his own vocals with his late father’s vocal track to make the song.
  • 1942 Country singer Joe McDonald of the Fish is born in El Monte, Calif.