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This weekend in entertainment history: Nov. 23 & 24

This weekend in entertainment history: Nov. 23 & 24

60 YEARS IN SHOWBIZ: Famed entertainer Bob Hope smiles during a signing appearance for his book, "Bob Hope's Dear Prez, I Wanna Tell Ya! A Presidential Jokebook," Saturday, Sept. 7, 1996, in Los Angeles, Calif. The book is comprised of presidential jokes from Hope's television and radio monologues, byline columns, and previous books, as well as gag material housed in the vault of his home. Photo: Associated Press/Chris Pizzello

A look at some of the Hollywood headlines that made news on these dates in history.

November 23

1936: The first edition of Life magazine was published.

1964: The BBC banned the Rolling Stones from its airwaves after the band arrived late for two radio shows.

1974: Singer-musician Gary Wright left the band Spooky Tooth for a solo career. He went on to have success with “Dream Weaver.”

1976: Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside of Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis. Authorities said he was brandishing a pistol and was demanding to see Presley. Lewis was charged with public intoxication and possession of a weapon.

1983: Actress Mary Tyler Moore married cardiologist Dr. Robert Levine in New York.

1989: Paul McCartney began his first North American tour in more than a dozen years, playing the first of several shows in the Los Angeles area.

1992: Country legend Roy Acuff died in Nashville at age 89. He had joined the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930’s and appeared regularly up until several months before he died.

1996: Bob Hope set a record for the longest continuous contract in the history of radio and television when his last TV special aired. Hope had been with NBC for 60 years.

2005: Singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey announced their separation.

2008: Guns N’ Roses released their long-awaited album, “Chinese Democracy.”

Today’s Birthdays:
Actress Elmarie Wendel (“3rd Rock From The Sun,” ”George Lopez”) is 81. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (“Basic Instinct,” ”Showgirls”) is 69. Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (“Hollywood Squares”) is 66. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 59. Actor Maxwell Caulfield (“The Colbys”) is 54. Actor John Henton (“The Hughleys,” ”Living Single”) is 53. “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts is 53. Singer-guitarist Ken Block of Sister Hazel is 47. Drummer Charlie Grover of Sponge is 47. Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Family Law”) is 46. Actor Oded Fehr (OH’-ded fayr) (“The Mummy”) is 43. Rapper Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound is 41. Actor Page Kennedy (“Desperate Housewives”) is 37. Actress Kelly Brook (“Smallville”) is 34. Actor Lucas Grabeel (GRAY’-beel) (“High School Musical”) is 29. TV personality Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore”) is 26. Singer-actress Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) is 21. Actor Austin Majors (“NYPD Blue”) is 18.


November 24

1966: The Beatles began recording sessions for their next album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” However, the song they recorded on this date, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” did not make it onto that album.

1972: ABC premiered the late night rock show “In Concert,” which was produced by Don Kirshner. Guests on the first show included Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Poco and Seals and Crofts.

1985: Singer “Big” Joe Turner died of a heart attack. He’s known for the hits “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “Honey Hush.”

1991: Queen singer Freddie Mercury died of complications from AIDS at his home in London. He was 45. He had sent out a statement confirming rumors that he had AIDS only two days before his death.

1991: Former Kiss drummer Eric Carr died of cancer in New York. He was 41.

Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Johnny Carver is 73. Former Beatles drummer Pete Best is 72. Actor-comedian Billy Connolly is 71. Singer Lee Michaels is 68. Actor Dwight Schultz (“The A-Team”) is 66. Actor Stanley Livingston (“My Three Sons”) is 63. Drummer Clem Burke of The Romantics and of Blondie is 59. Record producer Terry Lewis is 57. Actress Denise Crosby (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 56. Actress Shae D’Lyn (“Dharma and Greg”) is 51. Guitarist John Squire of the Stone Roses is 51. Guitarist Gary Stonadge of Big Audio Dynamite is 51. Actor Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope”) is 49. Actor Conleth Hall (“Game of Thrones”) is 49. Actor Scott Krinksy (“Chuck”) is 45. Guitarist Chad Taylor of Live (LYV) is 43. Actor Colin Hanks (“Roswell”) is 36. Actress Katherine Heigl (HY’-gel) (“Grey’s Anatomy,” ”Roswell”) is 35. Actress Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) is 23.

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