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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 31

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 31

TODAY IN HISTORY: Actress Dale Evans is shown in this 1945 handout in costume for her role in Roy Rogers' special production of "Don't Fence Me In." The couple was married on this date in 1947. Photo: Associated Press

1947: Singing cowboy Roy Rogers married Dale Evans.

1961: The Beach Boys played their first gig in Long Beach, California. They earned $300.

1973: AC/DC made their concert debut in Sydney, Australia.

1984: Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard lost his left arm in a car crash near his home in England.

1989: Game show host Pat Sajak married former Playboy model Lesly Brown in Annapolis, Maryland.

2005: Dick Clark returned to his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” telecast after missing the previous year because he had had a stroke. He was hoarse and sometimes hard to understand, but he said he “wouldn’t have missed this for the world.”

Today’s birthdays: Actor Anthony Hopkins is 77. Actor Tim Considine (“My Three Sons”) is 74. Actress Sarah Miles is 73. Guitarist Andy Summers of The Police is 72. Actor Ben Kingsley is 71. Actor Tim Matheson is 67. Singer Burton Cummings of The Guess Who is 67. Bassist Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith is 63. Actor James Remar (“Dexter”) is 61. Actress Bebe Neuwirth (“Cheers”) is 56. Singer Paul Westerberg is 55. Actor Val Kilmer is 55. Guitarist Ric Ivanisevich of Oleander is 52. Guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax is 51. Singer-actor Joe McIntyre of New Kids on the Block is 42. Cellist Mikko Siren of Apocalyptica is 39. Singer Psy is 37. Actor Erich Bergen (“Jersey Boys” film and stage) is 29.

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