Today in entertainment history: Jan. 28

Today in entertainment history: Jan. 28

HEARTBREAKER: On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first national TV appearance on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show" on CBS. After the appearance, sales of his "Heartbreak Hotel" single skyrocketed. Photo: Associated Press

A look back on some of Hollywood’s memorable moments.

1956: Elvis Presley made his first national TV appearance on “The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show” on CBS. After the appearance, sales of his “Heartbreak Hotel” single skyrocketed.

1965: The Who appeared for the first time on the British program “Ready, Steady, Go.” The band’s performance helped put the single “I Can’t Explain” into the British top ten.

1980: Entertainer Jimmy Durante died at the age of 87.

1985: The African famine relief benefit song “We Are The World” was recorded in Los Angeles after the American Music Awards.

1992: First lady Hillary Clinton apologized to country singer Tammy Wynette, who was angry over comments Mrs. Clinton made on “60 Minutes.” Mrs. Clinton had said “I’m not sitting here like some little woman standing by her man like Tammy Wynette.”

1999: The Beastie Boys and Rage Against The Machine headlined a benefit concert for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. New Jersey police officers called for a boycott of both the concert and the bands.

2005: 45 Fiona Apple fans picketed outside Sony headquarters in New York in what they called Free Fiona Day. They wanted Sony to release Apple’s “Extraordinary Machine” album, which had been shelved for two years.

Today’s birthdays: Musician Acker Bilk is 85. Actor Nicholas Pryor (“Risky Business”) is 79. Actor Alan Alda is 78. Actress Susan Howard (“Dallas”) is 72. Marthe (correct) Keller (“Marathon Man”) is 69. Actress Barbi Benton is 64. Guitarist Dave Sharp of The Alarm is 55. Singer Sam Phillips is 52. Guitarist Dan Spitz (Anthrax) is 51. Bassist Greg Cook of Ricochet is 49. Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan is 46. Rap artist DJ Muggs with Cypress Hill is 46. Rapper Rakim is 46. Actress Kathryn Morris (“Cold Case”) is 45. Singer Anthony Hamilton is 43. Keyboardist Brandon Bush (Train) is 41. Rapper Rick Ross is 37. Singer Joey Fatone of ‘N Sync is 37. Singer Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys is 34. Actor Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings”) is 33. Rapper J. Cole is 29. Actress Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) is 16.

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