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Today in entertainment history: Jan. 22

Today in entertainment history: Jan. 22

CRUDE DUDES: Guns 'n Roses band member, Slash, right, holds a drink and a cigarette as he and Duff McKagan accept American Music Award for favorite heavy medal artist in Los Angeles Monday, Jan. 23, 1990. ABC apologized for the language used by the pair during acceptance of two awards. Photo: Associated Press/Reed Saxon

A look at Hollywood headlines of years past.

1953: “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s drama about the Salem witch trials of the 17th century, opened on Broadway.

1959: Buddy Holly made his last recordings in New York. He died in a plane crash the next month.

1967: The Rolling Stones refused to go on the revolving stage during the finale of the British TV show “Sunday Night At The London Palladium.” The press saw it as a snub against tradition.

1968: “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, premiered on NBC.

1971: The Joe Cocker film “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” premiered in London. The movie was a documentary of Cocker’s tour of the same name and featured performances by Cocker, Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge.

1990: Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash used a profanity while accepting American Music Awards for his band. Viewers complained to ABC, which had broadcast the show live. The network apologized.

1994: Actor Telly Savalas died, a day after his 70th birthday.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Piper Laurie is 82. Actor Seymour Cassel is 79. Actor John Hurt is 74. Singer Steve Perry (Journey) is 65. Bassist Teddy Gentry of Alabama is 62. Actress Linda Blair is 55. Actress Diane Lane is 49. Country singer Regina Nicks of Regina Regina is 49. Rap DJ-actor Jazzy Jeff is 49. Singer Marc Gay of Shai is 45. Actress Katie Finneran (“The Michael J. Fox Show”) is 43. Actor Balthazar Getty is 39. Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 34. Singer Willa Ford is 33. Actress Beverley Mitchell (“Seventh Heaven”) is 33. Guitarist Ben Moody of The Fallen (and Evanescence) is 33. Actress-singer Phoebe Strole (“Glee”) is 21. Actress Sami Gayle (“Blue Bloods”) is 18.

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