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This weekend in entertainment history: Dec. 28 & 29

This weekend in entertainment history: Dec. 28 & 29

JANE'S FINAL SHOW: "Today Show" host Jane Pauley, left plays to the audience while speaking with David Letterman during the taping of Thursday's "Late Night with David Letterman" show at NBC studios In New York Dec. 28, 1989. The two were speaking about Pauley's final appearance on Friday on as host on "Today." Photo: Associated Press/Susan Ragan

A look at the Hollywood headlines from years past.

December 28

1983: Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson drowned while swimming in the harbor at Marina Del Rey, California. He was 39.

1991: Nine people were killed at a charity basketball game at City College in New York that featured Run DMC and LL Cool J. The victims were crushed when the crowd surged to get into the gym where the game was to be played.

1993: Country singer Shania Twain married producer Mutt Lange. They have since divorced.


Today’s birthdays:
Comic book creator Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” ”The Incredible Hulk”) is 91. Actor Martin Milner (“Adam 12,” ”Route 66″) is 82. Actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) is 81. Actress Maggie Smith (“Harry Potter”) is 79. Saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is 75. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 67. Actor Denzel Washington is 59. Country singer Joe Diffie is 55. Drummer Mike McGuire of Shenandoah is 55. Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 53. Actor Malcolm Gets (“Caroline in the City”) is 49. Comedian Seth Meyers (“Saturday Night Live”) is 40. Actor Brendan Hines (“Lie To Me”) is 37. Actor Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”) is 37. Singer John Legend is 35. Actress Sienna Miller is 32. Actress Mackenzie Rosman (“7th Heaven”) is 24. “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta is 23.


December 29

1975: Paul Kantner and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane divorced.

1989: Jane Pauley marked her last day as co-host of the “Today” show after 13 years. Her successor was Deborah Norville.

1992: Actor Todd Bridges was arrested in Burbank, California. Police say they found speed and a loaded gun in his car, but Bridges claimed he had been framed. At the time, Bridges had been doing public service announcements telling kids to stay away from drugs.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Inga Swenson (“Benson”) is 81. Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 77. Actor Jon Voight is 75. Country singer Ed Bruce is 74. Flutist Ray Thomas (Moody Blues) is 72. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 67. Actor Ted Danson is 66. Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 62. Actress Patricia Clarkson is 54. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 54. Guitarist-singer Jim Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain is 52. Singer Dexter Holland of The Offspring is 48. Actor Jason Gould is 47. CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield is 46. Singer-guitarist Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 43. Actor Kevin Weisman (“Alias”) is 43. Actor Jude Law is 41. Actor Mekhi Phifer (“ER”) is 39. Actor Shawn Hatosy (“The Cooler,” ”The Faculty”) is 38. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 30.

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