You've heard of swine flu. How about the swine that flew? Algie, the inflatable pig that Pink Floyd commissioned to be photographed floating between the smokestacks of the Battersea Power Station for the cover of the Animals album broke loose after the photo for the album cover was taken on this day in 1976 and briefly disrupted flights at Heathrow airport before being recovered from a field in Kent.
Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events that took place on December 2 include...
1952 Doobie Bros Michael McDonald born.
1960 Def Leppard drummer Rick Savage born.
1968 George Harrison releases Wonderwall.
1969 George Harrison started touring with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.
1973 Who play Montreal Forum arrested after show for $6,000 hotel damage to hotel suite.
1975 Queen releases A Night At The Opera.
1976 Pink Floyd's Animals album cover shot at London power station.
1979 Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge divorce.
1994 REM's Michael Stipe opens vegetarian restaurant in Georgia.
1997 Rolling Stones fan killed in a fall from the balcony during the group's Pontiac Silverdome concert in Michigan.
1998 Jimmy Buffett does benefit for Hurricane relief benefit in Mobile, Alabama.
2003 Alice Cooper gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2006 Bruce Springsteen joins two bands for songs at a Parkinsons Disease fund raiser at a club in Sayerville, NJ.
2008 Bono receives Nobel Man of Peace award in Paris.
2009 Alan Parsons Project's Eric Wolfson dies of kidney cancer at 64.
2012 Led Zeppelin gets Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC,
2014 Sax player Bobby Keys dies in Franklin, Tennessee of Liver cancer at 70...