1995: The Beatles' "Free As A Bird" peaks at number 2 on the UK charts and number 6 in the US. Written by John Lennon and performed by him on piano as a rough demo shortly before he was murdered, the track was completed by the remaining Beatles at Paul McCartney's home studio.
1989: Billy Joel had his last number one album when "Stormfront" reached the top of the US charts. The LP also contained his final number 1 hit, "We Didn't Start the Fire", along with the singles, "I Go to Extremes" (#6) and, "And So It Goes" (#37).
1963: The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" begins a five week stretch at number one on the UK record charts, replacing their own "She Loves You" which had been at the top for two weeks.
1986: Bruce Hornsby And The Range top the Billboard chart with "The Way It Is", a song that refers to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The tune reached #15 in the UK.
1970: Although they had enjoyed 26 previous Top 40 Hits, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles reached number one on the Billboard Pop chart for the first time with "The Tears Of A Clown". It was also a #1 in the UK.