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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 17

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 17

DANKE SCHOEN: Wayne Newton won a lawsuit against NBC on this day in 1986. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the headlines making news in Hollywood on Dec. 17.

1969: Chicago’s first album, “Chicago Transit Authority,” was certified gold.

1970: The Beach Boys played a command performance for Princess Margaret in London.

1977: Elvis Costello and the Attractions performed on “Saturday Night Live” as a last-minute replacement for the Sex Pistols, who were denied U.S. visas. Costello was told not to play his song “Radio, Radio” because of its criticisms of the broadcasting industry, but he interrupted another song to play it.

1986: A jury in Las Vegas found NBC guilty of defaming singer Wayne Newton by linking him to organized crime.

1989: “The Simpsons” made its debut on Fox.

1992: Barbra Streisand signed a movie and music deal with Sony. Terms weren’t revealed, but sources estimated the deal was worth $60 million.

2001: Comedian Tom Green filed for divorce from actress Drew Barrymore after less than six months of marriage.

Today’s birthdays: Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 77. Keyboardist-singer Art Neville of the Neville Brothers is 76. Actor Bernard Hill is 69. Actor Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”) is 68. “Hardball” host Chris Matthews is 68. Actor-comedian Eugene Levy is 67. Drummer Jim Bonfanti of The Raspberries is 65. Singer Paul Rodgers is 64. Singer Wanda Hutchinson of The Emotions is 62. Country singer Sharon White of The Whites is 60. Actor Barry Livingston (“My Three Sons”) is 60. Actor Bill Pullman is 60. Director-producer Peter Farrelly (“There’s Something About Mary,” ”Dumb and Dumber”) is 57. Bassist Mike Mills of R.E.M. is 55. Singer Sarah Dallin of Bananarama is 52. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 47. Bassist Duane Propes of Little Texas is 47. Actress Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”) is 44. DJ Homicide of Sugar Ray is 43. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas (“The District”) is 43. Drummer Eddie Fisher of OneRepublic is 40. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 39. Actress Milla Jovovich (“Zoolander,” ”The Fifth Element”) is 38. Actress Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”) is 34. Singer Ben Goldwasser of MGMT is 31. Actress Emma Bell (“The Walking Dead”) is 27. Guitarist Taylor York of Paramore is 24. Actor-singer Nat Wolff (“The Naked Brothers Band”) is 19.

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