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This weekend in entertainment history: Jan. 4 & 5

This weekend in entertainment history: Jan. 4 & 5

'RAWHIDE:' Three stars the series of Rawhide, the western television series, pictured on the set in Hollywood, Los Angeles on July 20, 1965. From left are: British actor David Watson, Clint Eastwood who starred in the series when it began seven years ago, and Raymond St. Jacques. Photo: Associated Press

A look at some of Hollywood’s headlines from years past.

January 4

1953: Thousands of people attended the funeral of country star Hank Williams in Montgomery, Alabama. He had died of a heart attack a few days earlier.

1954: Elvis Presley met Sam Phillips of Sun Records at the Memphis Recording Service. Phillips got Elvis’ address and phone number to contact him later about a formal recording session.

1966: The last episode of “Rawhide” aired on CBS.

1984: Van Halen released their “1984” album.

2000: Ted Turner and Jane Fonda announced they were divorcing after eight years of marriage. On that same day, “Scary Spice” Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls announced she and husband Jimmy Gulzar were splitting after 15 months of marriage.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Barbara Rush (“Peyton Place”) is 87. Actress Dyan Cannon is 75. Country singer Kathy Forester of the Forester Sisters is 59. Guitarist Bernard Sumner of New Order (and Joy Division) is 58. Actress Ann Magnuson (“Anything But Love”) is 58. Country singer Patty Loveless is 57. Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. is 54. Actor Dave Foley (“NewsRadio,” ”Kids in the Hall”) is 51. Actress Dot Jones (“Glee”) is 50. Actress Julia Ormond is 49. Country singer Deana Carter is 48. Harmonica player Benjamin Darvill of Crash Test Dummies is 47. Actor Jeremy Licht (“Valerie”) is 43. Actress Jill Marie Jones (“Girlfriends”) is 39. Singer Spencher Chamberlain of Underoath is 31.


January 5

1965: The Supremes recorded “Stop! In the Name Of Love.”

1970: “All My Children” premiered on ABC.

1975: “The Wiz,” an all-black musical version of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” opened on Broadway.

1984: John Lennon’s single “Nobody Told Me” was released.

1988: Madonna filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn.

1989: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was kicked off a Delta Air Lines flight because she refused to keep her two dogs in their travel kennels. She was escorted from the plane in Atlanta during a stopover on her way to Palm Beach, Florida.

1990: The movie “Born On The Fourth Of July,” starring Tom Cruise, opened nationwide.

1991: Actress Barbara Eden married for the third time. The wedding was held in San Francisco, where she stayed for a brief honeymoon.

1998: Singer-turned-politician Sonny Bono died when he slammed into a tree while skiing at a resort near the Nevada-California border. He was 62.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Duvall is 83. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 72. Actress Diane Keaton is 68. Actor Ted Lange (“The Love Boat”) is 66. Drummer George “Funky” Brown of Kool and the Gang is 65. Guitarist Chris Stein of Blondie is 64. Actress Pamela Sue Martin (“The Poseidon Adventure,” ”Dynasty”) is 61. Actor Clancy Brown (“Highlander,” voice of Mr. Krabs on “SpongeBob SquarePants”) is 55. Drummer Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 48. Dancer and judge Carrie Ann Inaba (“Dancing with the Stars”) is 46.” Actor Vinnie Jones (“X-Men: The Last Stand”) is 49. Singer Marilyn Manson is 45. Actor Shea Whigham (“Fast and Furious 6,” ”Boardwalk Empire”) is 45. Actor Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover,” ”Silver Linings Playbook”) is 39. Actress January Jones (“Mad Men”) is 36. Actress Brooklyn Sudano (“My Wife and Kids”) is 33.

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