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(Following Advance for Use Thursday, December 20)

Source : AP
Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 16:00 hrs

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! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY !

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On December 20th, 1958, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon performed as The Quarrymen at the wedding reception of Harrison's brother, Harry.

In 1967, singer Ian Anderson and bassist Glenn Cornick formed Jethro Tull.

Also in 1967, singer Jimmy Rodgers was beaten during a roadside attack in Los Angeles. He had to have three brain operations and had a steel plate put into his skull.

In 1968, author John Steinbeck died in New York at age 66.

In 1973, singer Bobby Darin died during open heart surgery. He was 37.

In 1975, former James Gang member Joe Walsh joined The Eagles. He replaced Bernie Leadon, who left The Eagles for a solo career.

In 1981, the musical "Dreamgirls," which was loosely based on the career of Diana Ross and the Supremes, premiered on Broadway.

In 1986, Randy Travis joined the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1995, the members of The Drifters were forbidden to leave Guyana after a series of concerts. They owed about $4,000 in entertainment taxes.

In 2006, Eminem and Kim Mathers were divorced for a second time. They had first married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. They remarried in January 2006 and he field for divorce again that April.

In 2007, Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli settled their divorce.

Today's birthdays: Actor John Hillerman ("Magnum P.I.") is 80. Drummer Bobby Colomby of Blood, Sweat and Tears is 68. Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss is 67. Musician Alan Parsons is 64. Actress Jenny Agutter is 60. Actor Michael Badalucco ("The Practice") is 58. Actress Blanche Baker ("Shakedown," ''Holocaust") is 56. Singer Billy Bragg is 55. Singer-bassist Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE) is 55. Actor Joel Gretsch ("V'') is 49. Country singer Kris Tyler is 48. Singer Chris Robinson of Black Crowes is 46. Singer David Cook ("American Idol") is 30. Actor Jonah Hill ("Accepted") is 29. Singer JoJo is 22.

(Previous for release Thursday, December 20th)

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