1958: Ritchie Valens recorded “Come On, Let’s Go,” at his first recording session, in Los Angeles.
1976: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones crashed his car north of London. Authorities found drugs in the car, and he later was fined.
1992: Vice President Dan Quayle criticized “Murphy Brown” because he said the title character mocked the importance of fathers because she was having a baby out of wedlock.
1999: The movie “Star Wars: Episode One — The Phantom Menace” opened nationwide. Exactly six years later, “Revenge of the Sith” opened.
Today’s Birthdays: PBS newscaster Jim Lehrer is 80. TV personality David Hartman is 79. Actor James Fox is 75. Actress Nancy Kwan is 75. Actor Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca in “Star Wars”) is 70. Musician Pete Townshend is 69. Singer-bassist Dusty Hill of ZZ Top is 65. Singer-actress-model Grace Jones is 62. Drummer Phil Rudd of AC/DC is 60. Actor Steven Ford is 58. Guitarist Iain Harvie of Del Amitri is 52. Actor Jason Gray-Stanford (“Monk”) is 44. Singer Jenny Berggren of Ace of Base is 42. Singer Shooter Jennings is 35. Guitarist Tim McTague of Underoath is 31. Guitarist James Richardson of MGMT is 31. Actor Eric Lloyd (“The Santa Clause”) is 28.