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Today in entertainment history: July 2

Today in entertainment history: July 2

THIS DAY IN 1956:Elvis Presley recorded "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" in New York City. "Hound Dog" took 31 takes. Photo: Associated Press

1955: The Lawrence Welk television show debuted on ABC. The program ran for 27 years, both on the network and in syndication.

1956: Elvis Presley recorded “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” in New York City. “Hound Dog” took 31 takes.

1976: Brian Wilson joined the Beach Boys on stage in Oakland, California, for the first time in 12 years. He had been going through rehabilitation for drug addiction and other problems.

1980: Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead were arrested for suspicion of inciting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they tried to interfere in a drug-related arrest.

1991: Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose sparked a riot in a St. Louis suburb by jumping off the stage and attacking a fan videotaping the concert. Sixty people were hurt and the venue was wrecked.

1997: Actor Jimmy Stewart died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 89.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Ito (“Quincy”) is 84. Actress Polly Holliday (“Alice”) is 78. Writer-director Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” ”Seinfeld”) is 68. Keyboardist Roy Bittan of the E Street Band is 66. Model-actress Jerry Hall is 59. Actor Jimmy McNichol is 54. Bassist Dave Parsons of Bush is 50. Actress Yancy Butler (“Witchblade”) is 45. Actor Owain (OH’-win) Yeoman (“The Mentalist”) is 37. Singer Michelle Branch is 32. Actress Vanessa Lee Chester (“The Lost World: Jurassic Park”) is 31. Actress Ashley Tisdale (“Hellcats,” ”High School Musical”) is 30. Actress Lindsay Lohan is 29.

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