Today in Entertainment History

On Dec. 11, 1946, country singer Hank Williams made his first recordings.

In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, Tennessee. The marriage lasted 13 years.

In 1964, singer Sam Cooke was shot and killed at a Los Angeles motel.

In 1972, Genesis performed its first U.S. concert at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

Also in 1972, police in Knoxville, Tennessee, arrested singer James Brown for disorderly conduct. The charge was dropped after Brown threatened to sue the city.

In 1992, former talk show host Johnny Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 2015, Motorhead played their last show, in Berlin. Frontman Lemmy died 17 days later.

Also in 2015, actor Pamela Anderson was featured on the cover of the final Playboy magazine to feature nudity.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Rita Moreno is 89. Singer David Gates of Bread is 80. Actor Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”) is 80. Singer Brenda Lee is 76. Singer Paul Beasley of The Blind Boys of Alabama is 76. Actor Linda Day George (TV’s “Mission: Impossible”) is 76. Actor Teri Garr is 73. Actor Bess Armstrong is 67. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 66. Bassist Mike Mesaros of The Smithereens is 63. Bassist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue is 62. Actor Ben Browder (“Stargate SG-1”) is 58. Singer-bassist Justin Currie of Del Amitri is 56. Bassist David Schools of Widespread Panic is 56. Actor Gary Dourdan (DOOR’-dan) (“C.S.I.”) is 54. Actor-comedian Mo’Nique is 53. Actor Max Martini (“The Unit”) is 51. Rapper-actor Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) is 47. Actor Rider Strong (“Boy Meets World”) is 41. Actor Xosha (ZOH’-shah) Roquemore (“The Mindy Project”) is 36. Actor Karla Souza (“How To Get Away With Murder”) is 34. Actor-singer Hailee Steinfeld is 23.

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