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This weekend in entertainment history

REMEMBER WHEN THESE TWO DATED?: Rap artist Sean "Puffy" Combs, left, embraces actress-singer Jennifer Lopez as they arrive at the 1999 MTV Video Awards in New York, Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999. Photo: Associated Press/Suzanne Plunkett

DECEMBER 27

1947: The children’s TV program “Howdy Doody” made its debut on NBC.

1970: “Hello, Dolly!” closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances. It had opened in 1964.

1999: Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and Jennifer Lopez were arrested following a shooting at a New York dance club during which three people were shot and wounded. Charges against Lopez were dropped. Combs was acquitted of gun and bribery charges.

Today’s birthdays: Guitarist Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley’s band) is 83. Actor John Amos (“Men In Trees,” ”The West Wing”) is 75. Actress Charmian Carr (Liesl in “The Sound of Music”) is 72. News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 71. Guitarist Mick Jones of Foreigner is 70. Singer Tracy Nelson is 70. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 66. Singer Karla Bonoff is 63. Actress Tovah Feldshuh (“Law and Order”) is 62. Guitarist David Knopfler of Dire Straits is 62. Drummer Jeff Bryant (Ricochet) is 52. Actor Ian Gomez (“Felicity,” ”The Drew Carey Show”) is 50. Actress Eva LaRue (“CSI: Miami”) is 48. Guitarist Matt Slocum of Sixpence None The Richer is 42. Actor Wilson Cruz (“My So-Called Life”) is 41. Actor Masi Oka (“Hawaii Five-O,” ”Heroes”) is 40. Actress Emilie de Ravin (“Once Upon A Time,” ”Lost”) is 33. Singer Hayley Williams of Paramore is 26. Singer Shay Mooney of Dan and Shay is 23.


DECEMBER 28

1976: Bluesman Freddie King died in Dallas at age 42. He was a major influence on British rockers like Eric Clapton.

1983: Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson drowned while swimming in the harbor at Marina Del Rey, California. He was 39.

1993: Country singer Shania Twain married producer Mutt Lange. They have since divorced.

Today’s birthdays: Comic book creator Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” ”The Incredible Hulk”) is 92. Actor Martin Milner (“Adam 12,” ”Route 66″) is 83. Actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) is 82. Actress Maggie Smith (“Harry Potter”) is 80. Saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is 76. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 68. Actor Denzel Washington is 60. Country singer Joe Diffie is 56. Drummer Mike McGuire of Shenandoah is 56. Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 54. Actor Malcolm Gets (“Caroline in the City”) is 50. Comedian Seth Meyers (“Saturday Night Live”) is 41. Actor Brendan Hines (“Lie To Me”) is 38. Actor Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”) is 38. Singer John Legend is 36. Actress Sienna Miller is 33. Actress Mackenzie Rosman (“7th Heaven”) is 25. “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta is 24. Actor Miles Brown (“black-ish”) is 10.

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