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Today in entertainment history: Jan. 8

Today in entertainment history: Jan. 8

THE KING: Elvis was born on this day in 1935. He is seen here performing in 1977, three months before his death. Photo: Associated Press

A look at Hollywood’s most memorable moments from years past.

1935: Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis in 1977.

1974: KISS signed its first recording contract, with Casablanca Records.

1979:
The Canadian government named Rush its official “Ambassadors of Music.”

1990: A Los Angeles judge ruled that columnist Art Buchwald came up with the idea that inspired the Eddie Murphy movie “Coming To America.” Buchwald had sued Paramount Pictures, claiming the studio stole the idea.

1991: Guitarist Steve Clark of Def Leppard was found dead in his London home. He was 30. A coroner ruled that Clark’s death was the result of heavy drinking.

1993: At a minute after midnight, the Elvis Presley commemorative stamp went on sale at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. People in the rest of the country got to buy them at post offices starting at noon.

2005: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil married Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas. It was his fourth marriage, her second.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-comedian Larry Storch (“F Troop”) is 91. Actor Ron Moody is 90. “Sunday Morning” host Charles Osgood is 81. Singer Shirley Bassey is 77. Game show host Bob Eubanks (“The Newlywed Game”) is 76. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 74. Singer Anthony Gourdine of Little Anthony and the Imperials is 73. Actress Yvette Mimieux (“The Time Machine,” ”Where the Boys Are”) is 72. Guitarist Robby Krieger of The Doors is 68. Singer David Bowie is 67. Actress Michelle Forbes (“True Blood,” ”Homicide,” ”Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 49. Singer R. Kelly is 47. Bassist Jeff Abercrombie of Fuel is 45. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 41. Singer Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley is 38. Actress Gaby Hoffman (“Sleepless in Seattle,” ”Field of Dreams”) is 32. Guitarist Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo of Gym Class Heroes is 31.

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