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Today in entertainment history: Jan. 29

Today in entertainment history: Jan. 29

AWARD WINNER: Garth Brooks doffs his hat to the audience at the 23rd annual American Music Awards ceremony Monday Jan. 29, 1996 in Los Angeles, just before walking away, leaving his third award of the evening sitting on the podium. Brooks said he intended no disrespect but didn't believe in the concept of artist of the year. Brooks also won favorite country album and, for the fifth year in a row, favorite male country artist. Photo: Associated Press/Kevork Djansezian

A look back on some of the most memorable moments in Hollywood.

1958: Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married.

1958: Challenge Records released the single “Tequila” by The Champs.

1962: Peter, Paul and Mary signed a record deal with Warner Brothers.

1977: Comedian Freddie Prinze died, two days after shooting himself in the head. He was 22. He’s probably best known for his role on “Chico and the Man.”

1996: Garth Brooks refused his American Music Award for favorite overall artist. Brooks said Hootie and the Blowfish did more for music that year than he did.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Katharine Ross is 74. Actor Tom Selleck is 69. Singer Bettye LaVette is 68. Actor Marc Singer is 66. Actress Ann Jillian is 64. Drummer Tommy Ramone of The Ramones is 62. Drummer Louie Perez of Los Lobos is 61. Singer Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band is 61. Talk show host Oprah Winfrey is 60. Country singer Irlene Mandrell is 58. Actress Diane Delano (“The Ellen Show,” ”Northern Exposure”) is 57. Actress Judy Norton Taylor (“The Waltons”) is 56. Guitarist Johnny Spampinato of NRBQ is 55. Drummer David Baynton-Power of James is 53. Bassist Eddie Jackson of Queensryche is 53. Actor Nicholas Turturro (“NYPD Blue”) is 52. Singer-guitarist Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera is 50. Director-actor Ed Burns is 46. Actress Heather Graham is 44. Actor Sharif Atkins (“ER”) is 39. Actress Sara Gilbert (“ER,” ”Roseanne”) is 39. Actor Sam Jaeger (“Parenthood”) is 37. Actor Andrew Keegan (“Party of Five”) is 35. Guitarist Jonny Lang is 33. Singer Adam Lambert (“American Idol”) is 32.

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