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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 26

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 26

TODAY IN 1957: Elvis Presley got a temporary draft deferment so he could finish the movie "King Creole." Photo: Associated Press

1957: Elvis Presley got a temporary draft deferment so he could finish the movie “King Creole.”

1963: Capitol Records released the single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles, which became the band’s first number one hit in the U.S.

1973: “The Exorcist” made its premiere nationwide.

1974: Comedian Jack Benny died. He was 80.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Donald Moffat (“Clear and Present Danger”) is 84. Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on “Sesame Street”) is 81. Singer Abdul “Duke” Fakir of The Four Tops is 79. Record producer Phil Spector is 75. “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh is 69. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 68. Humorist David Sedaris is 58. Drummer James Kottak of Scorpions is 52. Country drummer Brian Westrum of Sons of the Desert is 52. Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica is 51. Country singer Audrey Wiggins is 47. Guitarist J (White Zombie) is 47. Guitarist Peter Klett of Candlebox is 45. Singer James Mercer of The Shins is 44. Actor-singer Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars is 43. Singer and “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry is 35. Actress Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) is 29. Actor Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) is 28. Actress Eden Sher (“The Middle”) is 23. Singer Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix is 22.

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