Today in Entertainment History

On Dec. 30, 1942, a near-riot of bobby-soxers in Times Square in New York greeted Frank Sinatra’s singing engagement at the Paramount Theater.

In 1944, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys made their first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1962, singer Brenda Lee was slightly injured when she tried to rescue her dog from her burning home in Nashville. The dog died of smoke inhalation.

In 1979, composer and lyricist Richard Rodgers died in New York at the age of 77. His musicals include “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music.”

Also in 1979, Emerson, Lake and Palmer announced they were splitting up. They later reunited.

In 1981, XTC played their first American concert, in Philadelphia.

In 1999, an intruder broke into George Harrison’s home outside London and stabbed Harrison and his wife. Michael Abram was later found innocent by reason of insanity.

Also in 1999, singer Johnny Moore of The Drifters died on his way to a London hospital after having breathing difficulties. He was 64.

In 2002, singer Diana Ross was arrested for drunk driving in Tucson, Arizona.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Russ Tamblyn is 86. Singer Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is 83. Director James Burrows (“Cheers,” ″Taxi”) is 80. Actor Fred Ward (“The Right Stuff”) is 78. Singer Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 78. Actor Concetta Tomei (toh-MAY’) (“Providence,” ″China Beach”) is 75. Singer Patti Smith is 74. Musician Jeff Lynne is 73. TV host Meredith Vieira (vee-AYR’-ah) (“Today,” ″The View”) is 67. Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Moesha”) is 65. Country singer Suzy Bogguss (BOG’-us) is 64. Actor Patricia Kalembar (“Sisters”) is 64. Former “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer is 63. Actor-comedian Tracey Ullman is 61. TV host Sean Hannity is 59. Actor George Newbern (“Providence”) is 57. Singer Jay Kay of Jamiroquai (jah-MEER’-oh-kway) is 51. Drummer Byron McMackin of Pennywise is 51. Actor Meredith Monroe (“Dawson’s Creek”) is 51. Actor Daniel Sunjata (“Rescue Me”) is 49. Actor Maureen Flanigan (“7th Heaven”) is 48. Actor Jason Behr (“The Grudge,” ″Roswell”) is 47. Actor Lucy Punch (“Ben and Kate”) is 43. Singer-actor Tyrese is 42. Actor Eliza Dushku (DOOSH’-koo) (“Dollhouse,” ″Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 40. Guitarist Tim Lopez of Plain White T’s is 40. Actor Kristin Kreuk (CROOK) (“Smallville”) is 38. Singer-guitarist Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers is 38. Singer Andra Day is 36. Actor Anna Wood (“Falling Water,” ″Reckless”) is 35. Singer Ellie Goulding (GOL’-ding) is 34. Actor Caity Lotz (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) is 34. Actor Jeff Ward (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) is 34. Guitarist Eric Steedly of LANCO is 30. Drummer Jamie Follese (FOL’-es-say) of Hot Chelle (SHEL) Rae is 29.

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