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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 21

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 21

SHIRLEY SINGS: Six-year-old Shirley Temple is seen in this undated photo as she appeared in her first featured role in the 1934 musical "Stand Up and Cheer" with James Dunn. Temple signed her first contract with Fox on Dec. 21, 1933. Photo: Associated Press

1933: Five-year-old Shirley Temple signed a movie contract with Fox. Her age was later changed to make her appear a year younger.

1937: Disney released the movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” its first full-length animated film in color.

1968: Janis Joplin made her first appearance after leaving Big Brother and the Holding Company. She performed in Memphis at the second annual “Yuletide Thing” event sponsored by Stax-Volt Records.

1970: Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Nixon at the White House.

1979: Chicago, The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt played the first of two concerts to raise campaign money for California governor Jerry Brown, Ronstadt’s then-boyfriend.

1991: Actress Jane Fonda married broadcasting executive Ted Turner on his ranch in Florida. It was her 54th birthday. They’ve since split up.

2005: Elton John and his longtime partner, David Furnish, held a civil union ceremony in Windsor, England, the first day that same-sex partnerships became legal in Britain.

Today’s birthdays: Country singer Freddie Hart is 89. Talk show host Phil Donahue is 80. Actress Jane Fonda is 78. Singer Carla Thomas is 73. Guitarist Albert Lee is 72. Actor Samuel L. Jackson is 67. Singer Betty Wright is 62. Actress Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 60. Country singer Lee Roy Parnell is 59. Entertainer Jim Rose of The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow is 59. Former child actress Lisa Gerritsen (“Phyllis,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) is 58. Actor-comedian Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) is 58. Country singer Christy Forester of the Forester Sisters is 53. Drummer Murph of Dinosaur Jr. is 51. Guitarist Gabrielle Glaser (Luscious Jackson) is 50. Actor-comedian Andy Dick is 50. Actor Kiefer Sutherland is 49. Actress Karri Turner (“JAG”) is 49. Actress Khrystyne Haje (“Head of the Class”) is 47. Country singer Brad Warren of The Warren Brothers is 47. Actress Julie Delpy is 46. Contemporary Christian singer Natalie Grant is 44. Singer-guitarist Brett Scallions (Fuel) is 44. Singer Lukas Rossi of Rock Star Supernova (TV: “Rock Star: Supernova”) is 39. Actress Rutina Wesley (“True Blood”) is 37. Keyboardist Anna Bulbrook of Airborne Toxic Event is 33. Actor Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”) is 32.

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