Today's Entertainment History, December 20, 2012

According to the AP, on December 20th:

  • In 1958, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon performed as The Quarrymen at the wedding reception of Harrison's brother, Harry. {}{}
  • In 1967, singer Ian Anderson and bassist Glenn Cornick formed Jethro Tull. {}{}
  • Also in 1967, singer Jimmy Rodgers was beaten during a roadside attack in Los Angeles. He had to have three brain operations and had a steel plate put into his skull. {}{}
  • In 1968, author John Steinbeck died in New York at age 66. {}{}
  • In 1973, singer Bobby Darin died during open heart surgery. He was 37. {}{}
  • In 1975, former James Gang member Joe Walsh joined The Eagles. He replaced Bernie Leadon, who left The Eagles for a solo career. {}{}
  • In 1981, the musical "Dreamgirls," which was loosely based on the career of Diana Ross and the Supremes, premiered on Broadway. {}{}
  • In 1986, Randy Travis joined the Grand Ole Opry. {}{}
  • In 1995, the members of The Drifters were forbidden to leave Guyana after a series of concerts. They owed about $4,000 in entertainment taxes. {}{}
  • In 2006, Eminem and Kim Mathers were divorced for a second time. They had first married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. They remarried in January 2006 and he field for divorce again that April. {}{}
  • In 2007, Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli settled their divorce. {} {}{}
Today's birthdays:{}
  • Actor John Hillerman ("Magnum P.I.") is 80.{}
  • Drummer Bobby Colomby of Blood, Sweat and Tears is 68.{}
  • Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss is 67.{}
  • Musician Alan Parsons is 64.{}
  • Actress Jenny Agutter is 60.{}
  • Actor Michael Badalucco ("The Practice") is 58.{}
  • Actress Blanche Baker ("Shakedown," ''Holocaust") is 56.{}
  • Singer Billy Bragg is 55.{}
  • Singer-bassist Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE) is 55.{}
  • Actor Joel Gretsch ("V'') is 49.{}
  • Country singer Kris Tyler is 48.{}
  • Singer Chris Robinson of Black Crowes is 46.{}
  • Singer David Cook ("American Idol") is 30.{}
  • Actor Jonah Hill ("Accepted") is 29. Singer JoJo is 22.{}