Today in entertainment history: Dec. 4

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 4

DEC. 4, 1976: Actress Elizabeth Taylor married politician John Warner. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the Hollywood headlines that happened on Dec. 4.

1956: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins made a series of impromptu recordings in Memphis at Sun Records. They were released 25 years later under the title “The Million Dollar Quartet.”

1965: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was knocked unconscious when his guitar touched an ungrounded microphone during a concert in Sacramento, California. He still managed to finish the show.

1976: Actress Elizabeth Taylor married Senator John Warner of Virginia.

1980: The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced they would not re-form after the death of drummer John Bonham.

1990: Madonna appeared on ABC’s “Nightline” to defend her “Justify My Love” video, which was banned by MTV. She denied the video’s explicit content was meant to stir up controversy and get publicity.

1993: Musician Frank Zappa died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 52.

Today’s birthdays: Game show host Wink Martindale is 80. Singer Freddy Cannon is 77. Actor-producer-director Max Baer Junior (“The Beverly Hillbillies”) is 76. Bassist Bob Mosley of Moby Grape is 71. Singer-bassist Chris Hillman (The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers) is 69. Singer Southside Johnny Lyon of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes is 65. Actor Jeff Bridges is 64. Guitarist Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rossington Collins Band) is 62. Actress Patricia Wettig is 62. Drummer Brian Prout of Diamond Rio is 58. Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 58. Bassist Bob Griffin of The BoDeans is 54. Singer Vinnie Dombroski of Sponge is 51. Actress Chelsea Noble (“Growing Pains,” ”Kirk”) is 49. Actress Marisa Tomei (toh-MAY’) is 49. Comedian Fred Armisen (“Portlandia,” ”Saturday Night Live”) is 47. Rapper Jay-Z is 44. Actor Kevin Sussman (“Ugly Betty”) is 43. Model Tyra Banks is 40. Country singer Lila McCann is 32.

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