Monkees in the Millions! -- An actual kidnapping!! -- One of the best inventions ever!!!

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12/2/1967 (52 years ago today) - It was The Monkees' fourth consecutive album to sell over a million copies: "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd." went to No. 1 on this date, featuring the classic tracks "Pleasant Valley Sunday", "Words", "Daily Nightly" and the all-time best version of Harry Nilssson's "Cuddly Toy", so we'll come right out and say it: we love this album, hands-down their best LP... 

12/2/1969 (50 years ago today) - Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes was kidnapped at knifepoint by a maintenance man who worked in the building she lived in; luckily, in what was almost like an episode of a TV drama show, Cindy managed to escape "unharmed" by jumping out of his car as it was barreling down the San Diego freeway!  Four days later, the kidnapper was found and arrested in Las Vegas.

12/2/1906 - He was born on this date and he completely revolutionized the way people listened to music: let's give it up for Dr. Peter Carl Goldmark, who not only helped develop the first commercial color-TV system, but also invented the long-playing 33 1/3 rpm micro-groove record in 1945 -- Born in Budapest, he became a U.S. citizen in 1937 and went to work for CBS Laboratories and the rest, as they say, etc., etc.. Goldmark, one of those real Big Bang type hep-cats, died in an automobile accident on December 7, 1977; he was 71 years old.

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