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This weekend in entertainment history: Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

This weekend in entertainment history: Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

JEOPARDY: In this 2004 photo, software developer Ken Jennings from Salt Lake City, Utah, right, poses for a photo with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek on the set of the show in Culver City, Calif. Jennings won a record 74 consecutive "Jeopardy!" games in 2004-05. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the Hollywood headlines from Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from years past.

November 30

1965: The state of Colorado declared “Rolling Stones Day,” in honor of the Stones concert in Denver.

1969: Simon and Garfunkel’s first TV special was broadcast in the U.S.

1976: Singers-songwriters Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson were married.

1988: LL Cool J performed the first rap concert in Africa, in Cote D’Ivoire.

1996: Entertainer Tiny Tim died after performing his signature song, “Tiptoe Thru’ The Tulips,” at a benefit concert in Minneapolis. Reports put his age at either 64 or 66.

2000: Loverboy bassist Scott Smith was washed off his boat about four miles off the coast of San Francisco. His body was never found.

2004: Ken Jennings lost on “Jeopardy!” after winning 74 times and $2.5 million.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actor Efrem Zimbalist Junior is 95. Actor Robert Guillaume is 86. Country singer-record company executive Jimmy Bowen is 76. Director Ridley Scott is 76. Bassist Roger Glover of Deep Purple is 68. Actress Margaret Whitton is 63. Singer-actor Mandy Patinkin is 61. Guitarist Shuggie Otis is 60. Country singer Jeannie Kendall of The Kendalls is 59. Singer Billy Idol is 58. Guitarist John Ashton of Psychedelic Furs is 56. Comedian Colin Mochrie (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) is 56. Rapper Jalil of Whodini is 50. Actor-director Ben Stiller is 48. Actress Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy,” ”Sideways”) is 43. Singer Clay Aiken is 35. Actress Elisha Cuthbert (“24″) is 31. Actress Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) is 28.


December 1

1957: Buddy Holly and Sam Cooke made their national TV debuts on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

1982: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album was released. It went on to become the biggest-selling album of all time.

1994: Rapper Tupac Shakur was convicted of sexually abusing a woman in a hotel room. Shakur was also recovering from gunshot wounds suffered the day earlier after he was robbed outside a studio in New York.

2004: Tom Brokaw hosted his last night of NBC’s “Nightly News.” He had been on the anchor desk for 23 years.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Billy Paul is 79. Actor-director Woody Allen is 78. Singer Dianne Lennon of the Lennon Sisters is 74. Bassist Casey Van Beek of The Tractors is 71. Singer-guitarist Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult is 69. Drummer John Densmore of The Doors is 69. Actress-singer Bette Midler is 68. Singer Gilbert O’Sullivan is 67. Actor Treat Williams is 62. Country singer Kim Richey is 57. Actress Charlene Tilton is 55. Model-actress Carol Alt is 53. Actor Jeremy Northam (“The Tudors,” ”Happy, Texas”) is 52. Actor Nestor Carbonell (“Lost,” ”Suddenly Susan”) is 46. Comedian Sarah Silverman is 43. Singer Bart Millard of MercyMe is 41. Actor David Hornsby (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) is 38. Guitarist Brad Delson of Linkin Park is 36. Singer Mat Kearney is 35. Drummer Mika Fineo of Filter is 32. Singer Janelle Monae is 28. Actress Ashley Monique Clark (“The Hughleys”) is 25.

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