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Today in entertainment history: Nov. 18

Today in entertainment history: Nov. 18

SONG BANNED: Rosemary Clooney, seen here in 1953 with Jose Ferrer. Clooney's song was banned from radio in 1954. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the memorable moments that happened in Hollywood history on Nov. 18

1954: ABC radio and TV banned “Mambo Italiano” by Rosemary Clooney for what it called “offensive lyrics.”

1959: “Ben Hur,” starring Charlton Heston, had its world premiere in New York.

1959: Actor-comedian Arthur Q. Bryan, who provided the voice of Warner Bros. cartoon character Elmer Fudd, died in Hollywood at age 60.

1970: Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Myra Gale Brown were divorced in Memphis. She had described their recent years together as a nightmare.

1972: Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant married Judy Seymour.

1987: The band U2 opened for itself as a country-rock group called the Dalton Brothers during a Los Angeles concert.

1992: Spike Lee’s movie “Malcolm X,” starring Denzel Washington, opened nationwide.

1994: The Rolling Stones broadcast a 20-minute segment of their show in Dallas, Texas, live over the Internet. They were the first major band to do that.

1997: Police arrested singer Gary Glitter and questioned him about child pornography allegedly found on his computer. He later pleaded guilty to 54 charges of making indecent computer images of children.

2000: Actor Michael Douglas married actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in New York.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 74. Actress Linda Evans is 71. Actress Susan Sullivan is 71. Country singer Jacky Ward is 67. Actor Jameson Parker is 66. Actress-singer Andrea Marcovicci is 65. Singer Graham Parker is 63. Comedian Kevin Nealon is 60. Actor Oscar Nunez (“The Office”) is 55. Actress Elizabeth Perkins is 53. Singer Kim Wilde is 53. Guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica is 51. Singer Tim DeLaughter of Polyphonic Spree (and Tripping Daisy) is 48. Actor Owen Wilson is 45. Singer-Broadway composer Duncan Sheik is 44. Actor Mike Epps is 43. Actress Peta Wilson (“La Femme Nikita”) is 43. Actress Chloe Sevigny (SEV’-en-ee) (“Boys Don’t Cry”) is 39. Rapper Fabolous is 36. Rapper Mike Jones is 33. Actress-comedian Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) is 32. Actor Nathan Kress (“iCarly”) is 21.

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