Merry Christmas! Here are some things that happened on December 25th over the years. Back in 1959, Richard Starkey—soon to be Ringo Starr—received his first drum set as a Christmas present.
In 1972, Robert Smith of the Cure, then 13, got his first guitar under the tree.
Johnny Lydon’s post Sex Pistols group, Public Image Limited, had their first-ever gig in 1978.
In 1990, James Brown got out of prison for a four-day furlough and performed his first gig in two years for soldiers in South Carolina.
And on December 25, 1996, The People vs. Larry Flynt was released in theatres. It starred Courtney Love and damn near got her an Oscar nomination.