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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 31

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 31

'ROCKIN' EVE:' In this image provided by ABC, Regis Philbin fills in for Dick Clark to ring in 2005 on ABC-TV's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" from Times Square in New York, Friday, Dec. 31, 2004. Dick Clark, who has been hosting the New Year celebration for over 30 years, was recovering from a recent stroke. In 2005 Dick Clark returned to his "New Year's Rockin' Eve" telecast after missing the previous year because he had had a stroke. He was hoarse and sometimes hard to understand, but he said he "wouldn't have missed this for the world." Photo: Associated Press/Ida Mae Astute

A look at some of the Hollywood headlines from New Year’s Eves of days gone by.

1942: A near-riot of bobby-soxers in Times Square in New York greeted Frank Sinatra’s singing engagement at the Paramount Theater.

1947: Singing cowboy Roy Rogers married Dale Evans.

1961: The Beach Boys played their first gig in Long Beach, California. They earned $300.

1973: AC/DC made their concert debut in Sydney, Australia.

1982: Little Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band got married in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Percy Sledge and Little Richard performed “When A Man Loves A Woman” at the reception.

1984: Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard lost his left arm in a car crash near his home in England.

1989: Game show host Pat Sajak married former Playboy model Lesly Brown in Annapolis, Maryland.

2005: Dick Clark returned to his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” telecast after missing the previous year because he had had a stroke. He was hoarse and sometimes hard to understand, but he said he “wouldn’t have missed this for the world.”

Today’s birthdays:
Actor Anthony Hopkins is 76. Actor Tim Considine (“My Three Sons”) is 73. Actress Sarah Miles is 72. Guitarist Andy Summers of The Police is 71. Actor Ben Kingsley is 70. Actor Tim Matheson is 66. Singer Burton Cummings of The Guess Who is 66. Bassist Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith is 62. Actor James Remar (“Dexter”) is 60. Actress Bebe Neuwirth (“Cheers”) is 55. Singer Paul Westerberg is 54. Actor Val Kilmer is 54. Guitarist Ric Ivanisevich of Oleander is 51. Guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax is 50. Singer-actor Joe McIntyre of New Kids on the Block is 41. Cellist Mikko Siren of Apocalyptica is 38. Singer Psy is 36.

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