In 1890... French investor Edouard Branley coins the term (radioconductor"); the first use of the word "radio"
In 1926...KVI-AM, Seattle, Washington began broadcasting.
- Jackie Wilson released the single "Lonely Teardrops," co-written by Berry Gordy, Jr.
- Ritchie Valens released the single "Donna" b/w "La Bamba."
- Brenda Lee released the single "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree."
In 1963…On live national television, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald, President John F. Kennedy's accused assassin, as authorities were preparing to transfer Oswald by armored car from the police basement to the nearby county jail. Ruby's 1964 conviction and death sentence were overturned in 1966 when an appellate court ruled that his motion for a change of venue before the original trial should have been granted. In December 1966, before a new trial could be arranged, Ruby died of pneumonia while suffering from liver, lung, and brain cancer.
In 1974…During his infamous "Lost Weekend," John Lennon rehearsed with Elton John for Elton's upcoming Madison Square Garden performance, at which Lennon planned to make a surprise cameo appearance.