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.
1983: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead in his New York hotel suite. He was 71.
1992: Natalie Cole won seven Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “Unforgettable.” Bonnie Raitt and R.E.M. each won three.
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.
2004: “The Passion of the Christ” opened nationwide.
2007: Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar, for directing “The Departed.”
Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Ralph Stanley is 88. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 78. Actress Diane Baker is 77. Actress Karen Grassle (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 73. Singer-guitarist Mike Peters of The Alarm and Big Country is 56. Actress Veronica Webb is 50. Actor Alexis Denisof (“Angel,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 49. Actress Tea Leoni is 49. Comedian Carrot Top is 48. Actress Lesley Boone (“Ed”) is 47. Actor Sean Astin is 44. Singer Daniel Powter is 44. Singer Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees is 42. Comedian Chelsea Handler is 40. Actress Rashida Jones (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation”) is 39. Singer Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square is 37. Actor Justin Berfield (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 29. Actors James and Oliver Phelps (“Harry Potter”) are 29. Bassist Erik Haager of Carolina Liar is 28.