Today in Entertainment History, January 2, 2013

According to the AP, on January second:

  • In 1971, George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit number one on the U.S. album chart, with "All Things Must Pass." {}{}
  • In 1974, singer Tex Ritter died of a heart attack in Nashville at the age of 68. {}{}
  • In 1979, former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious went on trial for the murder of his girlfriend. He didn't live to hear the verdict. He died a month later. {}{}
  • In 1983, the musical play "Annie," based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip, closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances. {}{}
  • In 1990, actor Alan Hale, best known as the skipper on "Gilligan's Island," died of cancer. His ashes were scattered at sea. {}{}
  • In 1997, guitarist Randy California of Spirit disappeared after being caught in a current off the coast of Hawaii. {} {}{}
Today's Birthdays:{}
  • TV host Jack Hanna ("Jack Hanna's Into the Wild") is 66.{}
  • Actress Wendy Phillips is 61.{}
  • Actress Gabrielle Carteris ("Beverly Hills, 90210") is 52.{}
  • Actress Tia Carrere is 46.{}
  • Actor Cuba Gooding Junior is 45.{}
  • Model Christy Turlington is 44.{}
  • Actor Taye Diggs ("The Best Man," ''How Stella Got Her Groove Back") is 42.{}
  • Drummer Scott Underwood of Train is 42.{}
  • Singer Doug Robb of Hoobastank is 38.{}
  • Actor Dax Shepard ("Employee of the Month") is 38.{}
  • Sax player-guitarist Jerry DePizzo Junior of O.A.R. is 34.{}
  • Actress Kate Bosworth is 30.{}