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The weekend in entertainment history: Dec. 7 & 8

The weekend in entertainment history: Dec. 7 & 8

'HOTEL CALIFORNIA:' Since its formation in 1971, the Los Angeles based rock band The Eagles have seen all six of their albums sell more than a million copies. Seen together are members of the five man group, from left; Don Henly, drums; Joe Walsh, guitar; Randy Meisner, bass; Glenn Frey, guitar; and Don Felder, guitar. 1977 photo. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the memorable moments that happened in entertainment history on Dec. 7 and 8.

December 7

1964: Singer Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys had a nervous breakdown on a flight between Houston and Los Angeles. It eventually led to his decision to drop from touring with the Beach Boys.

1967: The Beatles opened their Apple Boutique in London to the public. John Lennon and George Harrison had held a private opening party two days before.

1969: “Frosty the Snowman” first aired on CBS.

1990: The movie “Edward Scissorhands” opened nationwide.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Eli Wallach is 98. Bluegrass singer Bobby Osborne of the Osborne Brothers is 82. Actress Ellen Burstyn is 81. Country singer Gary Morris is 65. Singer Tom Waits is 64. Actress Priscilla Barnes (“Three’s Company”) is 56. Announcer Edd Hall (“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”) is 55. Bassist Tim Butler of Psychedelic Furs is 55. Actor C. Thomas Howell is 47. Singer Nicole Appleton of All Saints is 38. Actress Shiri Appleby (“Roswell”) is 35. Singer Sara Bareilles is 34. Singer Aaron Carter is 26.


December 8

1961: The Beach Boys’ first single, “Surfin’,” was released.

1976: The Eagles released their “Hotel California” album.

1980: John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by an apparently deranged fan. He and wife Yoko Ono were returning home from a recording session. He was 40.

1984: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil crashed a sports car on a California highway, killing his passenger, Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle Dingley.

1991: Actor Gregory Peck and country legend Roy Acuff were honored at the Kennedy Center Honors. Acuff was the first country artist to receive the award.

1995: The surviving members of the Grateful Dead announced they were breaking up, after Jerry Garcia’s death the previous August.

2003: Ozzy Osbourne was seriously injured while riding a quad bike around his English estate. He hit an object and the bike landed on top of him.

2004: Guitarist Dimebag Darrell, formerly of Pantera, was shot and killed during a show with his new band, DamagePlan, in Columbus, Ohio. Three others also were killed before a police officer shot and killed the gunman, Nathan Gale.

Today’s birthdays: Actor-producer-director Maximilian Schell is 83. Singer Jerry Butler is 74. Drummer Bobby Elliott of The Hollies is 72. Actor John Rubinstein (“Family,” ”Crazy Like a Fox”) is 67. Singer-keyboardist Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers is 66. Actress Kim Basinger is 60. Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran, Missing Persons) is 57. Guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leppard is 56. Country singer Marty Raybon (The Raybon Brothers, Shenandoah) is 54. Guitarist Marty Friedman (Megadeth) is 51. Actress Teri Hatcher is 49. Actor David Harewood (“Homeland”) is 48. Rapper Bushwick Bill of Geto Boys is 47. Singer Sinead O’Connor is 47. Actor Matthew Laborteaux (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 47. Guitarist Ryan Newell of Sister Hazel is 41. Actor Dominic Monaghan (“Lost,” ”Lord of the Rings”) is 37. Actor Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries,” ”Lost,”) is 35. Singer Ingrid Michaelson is 34. Singer Chrisette Michele is 31. Singer Kate Voegele (“One Tree Hill”) is 27.

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