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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 26

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 26

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: In a scene from their controversial television film fantasy "Magical Mystery Tour", in which The Beatles are seen disguised as animals, in England. Photo: Associated Press

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

1944: Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” was first performed publicly in Chicago.

1957: Elvis Presley got a temporary draft deferment so he could finish the movie “King Creole.”

1963: Capitol Records released the single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles, which became the band’s first No. 1 hit in the U.S.

1967: The Beatles film “Magical Mystery Tour” premiered on BBC television.

1968: Led Zeppelin played its first U.S. show, opening for Vanilla Fudge.

1973: “The Exorcist” made its premiere nationwide.

1999: Musician Curtis Mayfield died outside Atlanta at the age of 57.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Donald Moffat (“Clear and Present Danger”) is 83. Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on “Sesame Street”) is 80. Singer Abdul “Duke” Fakir of The Four Tops is 78. Record producer Phil Spector is 74. “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh is 68. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 67. Humorist David Sedaris is 57. Drummer James Kottak of Scorpions is 51. Country drummer Brian Westrum of Sons of the Desert is 51. Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica is 50. Country singer Audrey Wiggins is 46. Guitarist J (White Zombie) is 46. Guitarist Peter Klett of Candlebox is 44. Singer James Mercer of The Shins is 43. Actor Jared Leto is 42. Singer and “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry is 34. Actress Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) is 28. Actor Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) is 27.

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