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Today in entertainment history: Oct. 26

Today in entertainment history: Oct. 26

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE: James Dean, shown here in a scene from the iconic movie. Photo: Associated Press

A look back at the memorable moments in entertainment history today, Oct. 26.

1955: “Rebel Without A Cause,” starring James Dean, opened in New York.

1965: The Beatles were made Members of the British Empire by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

1966: Liberace played the parts of both a good and evil pianist on “Batman.”

1970: The comic “Doonesbury” by Garry Trudeau premiered.

1978: “Hot Child In The City” by Nick Gilder hit number one on the Billboard pop chart. It took 20 weeks from the time it entered the Hot 100 to reach number one, longer than any single before it.

1981: David Bowie met with Queen in Montreaux, Switzerland, to record “Under Pressure” in an all-night session.

1982: The hospital drama “St. Elsewhere” premiered on NBC.

1984: The movie “The Terminator” opened.

1993: Roman Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico, opened their doors for the night and urged residents to tie black ribbons on trees to protest Madonna’s first concert there.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actress Shelley Morrison (“Will and Grace”) is 77. Actor Bob Hoskins is 71. Actress Jaclyn Smith (“Charlie’s Angels”) is 68. “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak is 67. Musician Bootsy Collins is 62. Singer Maggie Roche of The Roches is 62. Actor James Pickens Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 61. Guitarist Keith Strickland of The B-52’s is 60. Actress Rita Wilson is 57. Actor Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”) is 52. Actor Cary Elwes is 51. Singer Natalie Merchant is 50. Country singer Keith Urban is 46. Actor Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”) is 45. Actress Rosemarie DeWitt (“The United States of Tara”) is 42. Writer-actor Seth McFarlane (“Family Guy”) is 40. Actor Jon Heder (“Blades of Glory,” ”Napoleon Dynamite”) is 36.

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