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Today in Entertainment History, January 2, 2013

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According to the AP, on January second:

  • In 1971, George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit number one on the U.S. album chart, with "All Things Must Pass."   
  • In 1974, singer Tex Ritter died of a heart attack in Nashville at the age of 68.   
  • In 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.   
  • In 1983, the musical play "Annie," based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances.   
  • In 1990, actor Alan Hale, best known as the skipper on "Gilligan's Island," died of cancer. His ashes were scattered at sea.   
  • In 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 66. 
  • Actress Wendy Phillips is 61. 
  • Actress Gabrielle Carteris ("Beverly Hills, 90210") is 52. 
  • Actress Tia Carrere is 46. 
  • Actor Cuba Gooding Junior is 45. 
  • Model Christy Turlington is 44. 
  • Actor Taye Diggs ("The Best Man," ''How Stella Got Her Groove Back") is 42. 
  • Drummer Scott Underwood of Train is 42. 
  • Singer Doug Robb of Hoobastank is 38. 
  • Actor Dax Shepard ("Employee of the Month") is 38. 
  • Sax player-guitarist Jerry DePizzo Junior of O.A.R. is 34. 
  • Actress Kate Bosworth is 30. 


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