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Today in Entertainment History, December 14, 2012

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According to the AP, on Dec. 14;

  • In 1947, Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman separated.   
  • In 1961, Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" became the first country single to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.   
  • In 1963, singer Dinah Washington died of an overdose of sleeping pills in Detroit. She was 39.   
  • In 1972, Alexander's department store in New York stayed open late so singer Alice Cooper could do his Christmas shopping.   
  • In 1977, the movie "Saturday Night Fever" opened in New York.   
  • In 1978, the movie "Superman," starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, opened in Los Angeles.   
  • In 1980, fans around the world paid tribute to John Lennon, six days after he was shot to death in New York City. Hundreds of silent vigils were held at 2 p.m. Eastern time for 10 minutes at the request of Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono.   
  • In 1984, Madonna had her first No. 1 hit when "Like a Virgin" hit the top of the "Billboard" singles chart.   
  • In 1998, actress Linda Hamilton filed for divorce from director James Cameron. They were married a year and a half.     
Today's birthdays: 
  • Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry is 92. 
  • Actor Hal Williams ("227," ''Sanford and Son") is 74. 
  • Singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson of Tony Orlando and Dawn is 66. 
  • Actress Patty Duke is 66. 
  • Actress Dee Wallace is 64. 
  • Bassist Cliff Williams of AC/DC is 63. 
  • Singer-guitarist Mike Scott of The Waterboys is 54. 
  • Singer-whistle player Peter "Spider" Stacy of The Pogues is 54. 
  • Actress Cynthia Gibb ("Fame") is 49. 
  • Singer Brian Dalyrimple of Soul for Real is 37. 
  • Actress KaDee Strickland is 37. 
  • Actress Tammy Blanchard is 36. 
  • Actress Sophie Monk is 33. 
  • Actress Vanessa Hudgens ("High School Musical") is 24. 


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