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Today in entertainment history: Monday, Dec. 30

Today in entertainment history: Monday, Dec. 30

DIANA ROSS: Seen here in 2000, the star was arrested in 2002. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the Hollywood headlines from years past.

1979: Composer and lyricist Richard Rodgers died in New York at the age of 77. His musicals include “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music.”

1981: XTC played their first American concert, in Philadelphia.

1999: An intruder broke into George Harrison’s home outside London and stabbed Harrison and his wife. Michael Abram was later found innocent by reason of insanity.

2002: Singer Diana Ross was arrested for drunken driving in Tucson, Arizona.

Today’s birthdays:
Actor Joseph Bologna is 79. Actor Russ Tamblyn is 79. Singer Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is 76. Director James Burrows (“Cheers,” ”Taxi”) is 73. Actor Fred Ward (“The Right Stuff”) is 71. Singer Mike Nesmith of The Monkees is 71. Singer Patti Smith is 67. Musician Jeff Lynne is 66. TV host Meredith Vieira (“Today,” ”The View”) is 60. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Moesha”) is 58. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 57. Actress Patricia Kalembar (“Sisters”) is 57. “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer is 56. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 54. TV host Sean Hannity is 52. Singer Jay Kay of Jamiroquai is 44. Drummer Byron McMackin of Pennywise is 44. Actress Meredith Monroe (“Dawson’s Creek”) is 44. Actor Jason Behr (“The Grudge,” ”Roswell”) is 40. Actress Lucy Punch (“Ben and Kate”) is 36. Singer-actor Tyrese is 35. Actress Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 33. Guitarist Tim Lopez of Plain White T’s is 33. Actress Kristin Kreuk (CROOK) (“Smallville”) is 31. Singer-guitarist Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers is 31. Singer Ellie Goulding is 27. Drummer Jamie Follese of Hot Chelle Rae is 22.

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