Today in Entertainment History, January 22, 2013

According to the AP, on Jan. 22:

  • In 1938, Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" was performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, New Jersey. {}{}
  • In 1953, "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's drama about the Salem witch trials of the 17th century, opened on Broadway. {}{}
  • In 1959, Buddy Holly made his last recordings in New York. He died in a plane crash the next month. {}{}
  • In 1960, singer Sam Cooke signed with RCA Records. {}{}
  • In 1963, Gerry and the Pacemakers held their first recording sessions. {}{}
  • In 1967, the Rolling Stones refused to go on the revolving stage during the finale of the British TV show "Sunday Night At The London Palladium." The press saw it as a snub against tradition.{}
  • In 1968, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, premiered on NBC. {}{}
  • In 1971, the Joe Cocker film "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" premiered in London. The movie was a documentary of Cocker's tour of the same name and featured performances by Cocker, Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge. {}{}
  • In 1990, Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash used a profanity while accepting American Music Awards for his band. Viewers complained to ABC, which had broadcast the show live. The network apologized. {}{}
  • In 1994, actor Telly Savalas died, a day after his 70th birthday. {}{}
  • In 1998, singer Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy, listing liabilities of more than $1 million. {}{}
  • In 2004, Jennifer Lopez called off her engagement to Ben Affleck. {} {}{}
Today's Birthdays:{}
  • Actress Piper Laurie is 81.{}
  • Actor Seymour Cassel is 78.{}
  • Actor John Hurt is 73.{}
  • Singer Steve Perry (Journey) is 64.{}
  • Bassist Teddy Gentry of Alabama is 61.{}
  • Actress Linda Blair is 54.{}
  • Actress Diane Lane is 48.{}
  • Country singer Regina Nicks of Regina Regina is 48.{}
  • Rap DJ-actor Jazzy Jeff is 48.{}
  • Singer Marc Gay of Shai is 44.{}
  • Actor Balthazar Getty is 38.{}
  • Actor Christopher Kennedy Masterson ("Malcolm in the Middle") is 33.{}
  • Singer Willa Ford is 32.{}
  • Actress Beverley Mitchell ("Seventh Heaven") is 32.{}
  • Guitarist Ben Moody of The Fallen (and Evanescence) is 32.{}
  • Actress Sami Gayle ("Blue Bloods") is 17.{}