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Today in entertainment history: May 12

Today in entertainment history: May 12

THIS DAY IN 1959:Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher were married in Las Vegas. They divorced after four years. Photo: Associated Press

1959: Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher were married in Las Vegas. They divorced after four years.

1960: Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley traded duets on their hit songs “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender” during an ABC special.

1963: Bob Dylan refused to appear on the “Ed Sullivan Show” because CBS would not allow him to sing “Talking John Birch Society Blues.”

1975: Jefferson Starship gave a free concert in New York’s Central Park. The band and a New York radio station ended up paying $14,000 for damage and park cleanup.

1981: The Who’s first album without Keith Moon, “Face Dances,” went gold, but was considered a disappointment, even to the band itself.

2011: Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill married model Lily Aldrige in Montecito, California.

Today’s Birthdays: Composer Burt Bacharach is 86. Country singer Billy Swan is 72. Actress Linda Dano (“Another World”) is 71. Keyboardist Ian McLagen of Small Faces and The Faces is 69. Singer Steve Winwood is 66. Actress Lindsay Crouse is 66. Actor Bruce Boxleitner is 64. Singer Billy Squier is 64. Actor Gabriel Byrne is 64. Country singer Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn is 59. Actor Ving Rhames is 55. Guitarist Billy Duffy of The Cult is 53. Actor Emilio Estevez is 52. Actress Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” ”Melrose Place” — not the former Miss America) is 51. Keyboardist Eddie Kilgallon (Ricochet) is 49. Actor Stephen Baldwin is 48. Actress Kim Fields is 45. Actress Jamie Luner (“Melrose Place,” ”Profiler”) is 43. Actress Rhea Seehorn (“Whitney”) is 42. Actor Mackenzie Astin is 41. Actress Rebecca Herbst (“General Hospital”) is 37. Actor Jason Biggs (“American Pie”) is 36. Actress Clare Bowen (“Nashville”) is 30. Actor Malcolm David Kelley (“Lost”) is 22. Actors Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) are 19.

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