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This weekend in entertainment history: Jan 25 & 26

This weekend in entertainment history: Jan 25 & 26

CHART TOPPER: Elvis, in a scene from the film "Jailhouse Rock," in 1957. The single of the same name was a chart topper both in the U.K and the U.S. Photo: Associated Press

A look back on the memorable moments of Hollywood.

January 25

1949: The first Emmy Awards were given for excellence in television. The first Emmy winner was Shirley Dinsdale and her puppet, Judy Splinters, for Most Outstanding Personality

1958: Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” became the first single ever to enter the U.K. pop chart at number one.

1962: “Twistin’ the Night Away” by Sam Cooke was released.

1971: Charles Manson and three young women followers were convicted in Los Angeles of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others.

1990: Actress Ava Gardner died of pneumonia at her London home. She was 68.

1993: Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey and Reba McEntire were among the winners at the 20th annual American Music Awards.

1994: Singer Marky Mark was sued by a Portland, Maine, woman, who said she was trampled during one of his shows. She said he invited the crowd to rush the stage after he stripped down to his underwear.

2006: “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch was convicted of failing to pay taxes on his one million dollar prize. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison.

2010: “Avatar” passed “Titanic” as the highest-grossing film of all time.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Dean Jones is 83. Country singer Claude Gray is 82. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young (“Peyton Place,” ”Soylent Green”) is 69. Actress Jenifer Lewis (“The Preacher’s Wife”, “The PJ’s”) is 57. Actress Dinah Manoff (“Empty Nest”) is 56. Country drummer Mike Burch of River Road is 48. Singer Kina (Brownstone) is 45. Actress Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”) is 43. Guitarist Matt Odmark of Jars of Clay is 40. Singer Alicia Keys is 33. Actor Michael Trevino (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 29.


January 26

1934: The Apollo Theatre in Harlem presented its first live stage show, featuring Benny Carter and his Big Band.

1977: Guitarist Peter Green, formerly of Fleetwood Mac, was committed to a mental hospital in England. He had fired a gun at a delivery boy who was bringing a royalty check to him.

1979: “The Dukes of Hazzard” made its debut on CBS.

1988:he Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Phantom of the Opera” opened on Broadway.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Anne Jeffreys (“Topper,” ”General Hospital”) is 91. Sports announcer-actor Bob Uecker is 79. Actor Scott Glenn is 75. Singer Jean Knight is 71. Drummer Corky Laing of Mountain is 66. Actor David Strathairn is 64. Singer Lucinda Williams is 61. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen is 59. Percussionist Norman Hassan of UB40 is 56. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres is 56. Guitarist Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) is 51. Singer Jazzie B. of Soul II Soul is 51. Actor Paul Johansson (“One Tree Hill”) is 50. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 44. Drummer Chris Hesse of Hoobastank is 40. Actress Sara Rue (“Less Than Perfect”) is 36. Actor Colin O’Donoghue (“Once Upon a Time”) is 33. Guitarist Michael Martin of Marshall Dyllon is 31.

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