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This weekend in entertainment history: Jan. 11 & 12

This weekend in entertainment history: Jan. 11 & 12

BATMAN: Actor Adam West, above, stars as the caped crusader battling the forces of evil on the 1966 "Batman" TV series. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the news that made headlines in Hollywood.

January 11

1964: The Whiskey A-Go-Go club opened on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Doors are among the bands that got their start there.

1984: Michael Jackson was nominated for a dozen Grammy Awards. At the time, his “Thriller” album was becoming the best-selling album of all time. Jackson went on to win eight Grammys.

1992: Paul Simon became the first international star to perform in South Africa following the end of the United Nations cultural boycott. Simon opened a concert tour in Johannesburg.

1993: Singer Jesse James Dupree of the band Jackyl was arrested for mooning an audience in Cincinnati. The band was touring with Damn Yankees, who also had some trouble. Damn Yankees’ guitarist Ted Nugent shot a flaming arrow, which was a violation of Cincinnati’s fire code. Dupree was released on bond. Nugent paid a fine.

2000: Gary Glitter was freed from prison after serving half of a four-month sentence for downloading pornographic pictures of children.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Rod Taylor is 84. Actor Mitchell Ryan (“Dharma and Greg”) is 80. Actor Felix Silla (Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family,” ”Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”) is 77. Director Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is 72. Country singer Naomi Judd is 68. Actress Phyllis Logan (“Downton Abbey”) is 58. Guitarist Vicki Peterson of The Bangles is 56. Actress Kim Coles (“Living Single”) is 52. Keyboardist Jim Bryson of MercyMe is 46. Guitarist Tom Dumont of No Doubt is 46. Singer Maxee Maxwell of Brownstone is 45. Singer Mary J. Blige is 43. Musician Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers is 43. Actress Amanda Peet is 42.


January 12

1966: “Batman” premiered on ABC, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

1968: The Supremes appeared in an episode of NBC’s “Tarzan.” They played a group of nuns.

1971: The TV situation comedy “All in the Family” premiered on CBS.

1981: “Dynasty” premiered on ABC.

1991: Country singer Johnny Paycheck was released from an Ohio prison after serving two years of a seven-year sentence for shooting a man in a barroom. Ohio Governor Richard Celeste commuted Paycheck’s sentence.

1993: The original members of Cream reunited to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. The band members were inducted, along with Ruth Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone and Dinah Washington.

1995: Members of Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, along with Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young and Al Green were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa were also honored.

2000: Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, announced she was quitting as manager of Smashing Pumpkins. She issued a statement saying she had to resign “due to medical reasons — Billy Corgan was making me sick!”

2003: Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees died after having surgery for intestinal blockage at a hospital in Miami. He was 53.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Glenn Yarbrough is 84. Country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys is 75. Trumpeter Cynthia Robinson of Sly and the Family Stone is 70. Actor Anthony Andrews is 66. Actress Kirstie Alley is 63. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 62. Radio personality Howard Stern is 60. News correspondent Christiane Amanpour is 56. Keyboardist Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows is 54. Actor Oliver Platt is 54. Rapper TBird of B-Rock and the Bizz is 47. Model Vendela is 47. Actress Farrah Forke (“Wings”) is 46. Singer Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is 44. Rapper Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan is 44. Singer Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay is 41. Bassist Matt Wong of Reel Big Fish is 41. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) of the Spice Girls is 40. Singer Amerie is 34. Actress Naya Rivera (“Glee”) is 27. Singer Zayn Malik of One Direction is 21.

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