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Today in entertainment: Jan. 2

Today in entertainment: Jan. 2

SEX PISTOLS: In this March 1977 file photo, the Sex Pistols, from left: Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones (signing document), Paul Cook, Sid Vicious and their manager Malcolm McLaren sign a new recording contract outside Buckingham Palace in London. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the entertainment news of years past.

1971: George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit number one on the U.S. album chart, with “All Things Must Pass.”

1979: Former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious went on trial for the murder of his girlfriend. He didn’t live to hear the verdict. He died a month later.

1983: The musical play “Annie,” based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances.

1990: Actor Alan Hale, best known as the skipper on “Gilligan’s Island,” died of cancer. His ashes were scattered at sea.

1997:
Guitarist Randy California of Spirit disappeared after being caught in a current off the coast of Hawaii.

Today’s Birthdays: TV host Jack Hanna (“Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild”) is 67. Actress Wendy Phillips is 62. Actress Gabrielle Carteris (“Beverly Hills, 90210″) is 53. Actress Tia Carrere is 47. Actor Cuba Gooding Junior is 46. Model Christy Turlington is 45. Actor Taye Diggs (“The Best Man,” ”How Stella Got Her Groove Back”) is 43. Drummer Scott Underwood of Train is 43. Singer Doug Robb of Hoobastank is 39. Actor Dax Shepard (“Employee of the Month”) is 39. Sax player-guitarist Jerry DePizzo Jr. of O.A.R. is 35. Actress Kate Bosworth is 31.

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