A notorious pirate is captured and killed, RCA Victor buys Elvis' contract from Sun Records, the nation mourns a president, The Beatles release "The White Album," and "Toy Story" premieres, all on this day.
1934: The Christmas song "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is first heard on Eddie Cantor's radio show. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold by Christmas.
National Archives and Records Administration
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