Today in entertainment history: Dec. 17

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 17

THIS DAY IN 1989: "The Simpsons" made its debut on Fox. Photo: Associated Press

1969: An estimated 50 million TV viewers watched as singer Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki on NBC’s “Tonight Show.” The event earned the show its highest ratings to that date.

1982: The Who played the last show of its farewell tour at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. By the end of the decade, they had reunited for another tour.

1986: A jury in Las Vegas found NBC guilty of defaming singer Wayne Newton by linking him to organized crime.

1989: “The Simpsons” made its debut on Fox.

Today’s birthdays: Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 78. Keyboardist-singer Art Neville of the Neville Brothers is 77. Actor Bernard Hill is 70. Actor Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”) is 69. “Hardball” host Chris Matthews is 69. Actor-comedian Eugene Levy is 68. Drummer Jim Bonfanti of The Raspberries is 66. Singer Paul Rodgers is 65. Singer Wanda Hutchinson of The Emotions is 63. Country singer Sharon White of The Whites is 61. Actor Barry Livingston (“My Three Sons”) is 61. Actor Bill Pullman is 61. Director-producer Peter Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary,” ”Dumb and Dumber”) is 58. Bassist Mike Mills of R.E.M. is 56. Singer Sarah Dallin of Bananarama is 53. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 48. Bassist Duane Propes of Little Texas is 48. Actress Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”) is 45. DJ Homicide of Sugar Ray is 44. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas (“The District”) is 44. Drummer Eddie Fisher of OneRepublic is 41. Actress Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) is 40. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 40. Actress Milla Jovovich (“Zoolander,” ”The Fifth Element”) is 39. Actress Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”) is 35. Singer Ben Goldwasser of MGMT is 32. Actress Emma Bell (“The Walking Dead”) is 28. Guitarist Taylor York of Paramore is 25. Actor-singer Nat Wolff (“The Naked Brothers Band”) is 20.

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