Today in entertainment history: Dec. 2

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 2

Confetti falls everywhere as young dancers surround superstar Michael Jackson at New York's Natural History Museum, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1984. Jackson was honored for his successful "Thriller" album by CBS Records chief Walter Yetnikoff. The museum's collection of stuffed elephants and other animals was the setting for the party. "Jackson specifically asked that it be held here because he was interested in animals and natural history," said a spokesman for the museum. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm) Photo: Associated Press

A look at the memorable Hollywood moments from Dec. 2.

1933: “Dancing Lady,” Fred Astaire’s first film, was released. Joan Crawford was his dance partner

1949: Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” hit the pop charts.

1973: Mail-in ticket requests for a Bob Dylan U.S. tour went on sale. At one San Francisco post office, there was a five block-long traffic jam.

1973: The Who spent the night in jail in Montreal after causing $6,000 worth of damage to a hotel room. The incident inspired John Entwistle to write “Cell Block Number Seven.”

1983: MTV first aired Michael Jackson’s 14-minute “Thriller” video.

Jerry Lee Lewis checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome an addition to painkillers.

1996: Actor Burt Reynolds filed for bankruptcy.

2000: Smashing Pumpkins played their last concert with the original lineup, at a club in Chicago. It was the same club where they had played their first show 13 years earlier.

2004: Brian Williams anchored his first “Nightly News” on NBC. He took over for Tom Brokaw.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 69. Country singer John Wesley Ryles is 63. Actor Dan Butler (“Frasier”) is 59. News anchor Stone Phillips is 59. Actor Dennis Christopher (“Breaking Away,” ”Chariots of Fire”) is 58. Actor Steven Bauer is 57. Bassist Rick Savage of Def Leppard is 53. Bassist Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters is 45. Actress Lucy Liu is 45. Actress Suzy Nakamura (“Go On”) is 45. Actress Rena Sofer (“24,” ”Just Shoot Me”) is 45. Rapper Treach of Naughty By Nature is 43. Singer Nelly Furtado is 35. Singer Britney Spears is 32. Singer-actress Jana Kramer is 30.

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