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This weekend in entertainment history: Jan. 18 & 19

This weekend in entertainment history: Jan. 18 & 19

MICHAEL JACKSON GETS THE GOLD: Singers Michael Jackson, right, and Diana Ross hold their American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 1981. Jackson won for favorite soul album and Ross won for favorite female soul vocalist. Jackson got his first gold record the year prior for "Off The Wall." Photo: Associated Press

A look at Hollywood headlines from years past.

January 18

1969: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best won his defamation suit against the Beatles. He had sought $8 million, but was awarded considerably less.

1973: The Rolling Stones held a benefit concert in Los Angeles for victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Mick Jagger’s wife Bianca had relatives in Nicaragua. The concert raised more than $400,000.

1974: The band Bad Company was formed.

1987: Musician Steve Winwood married Eugenia Grafton.

1989: The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and the late Otis Redding were among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of the highlights of the ceremony was a tribute to Roy Orbison, who had died the previous month.

1991: Three people were crushed to death at an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City. The victims had been pinned by people who rushed the stage.

1996: Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 73. Comedian-singer Brett Hudson of the Hudson Brothers is 61. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 59. Country singer Mark Collie is 58. Actress Jane Horrocks (“Absolutely Fabulous”) is 50. Comedian Dave Attell (“Insomniac”) is 49. Actor Jesse L. Martin (“Law and Order”) is 45. Rapper DJ Quik is 44. Singer Jonathan Davis of Korn is 43. Singer Christian Burns of BBMak is 41. Actor-Screenwriter Jason Segel (“How I Met Your Mother,” ”Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” ”The Muppets,” ”Freaks and Geeks”) is 34. Singer Samantha Mumba is 31.


January 19

1976: Promoter Bill Sargent offered The Beatles at least $30 million to reunite for a concert in the U.S. Sargent estimated that the reunion show could gross up to $300 million. They refused.

1977: Aretha Franklin sang “God Bless America” at a special inaugural concert for President-elect Jimmy Carter, who took the oath of office the next day.

1980: Michael Jackson got his first gold record, for “Off the Wall.”

1989: Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle teamed up for a version of “Stand By Your Man” in honor of President-elect George Bush. Other celebrities at the Inaugural Gala included Clint Eastwood, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra.

1993: Fleetwood Mac reunited for the Inaugural Gala for President-elect Bill Clinton.

1993: Singer Tom Waits was allowed to keep the $2.5 million that a judge awarded him after he sued Frito-Lay for using a sound-alike in a commercial. The Supreme Court refused to change the amount of the award.

2006: Singer Wilson Pickett died of a heart attack in Reston, Virginia. He was 64.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Fritz Weaver is 88. Actress Tippi Hedren is 84. Movie director Richard Lester is 82. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 72. Actress Shelley Fabares is 70. Country singer Dolly Parton is 68. TV chef Paula Deen is 67. Singer Martha Davis of The Motels is 63. Singer Dewey Bunnell of America is 62. Actor Desi Arnaz Junior is 61. Actress Katey Sagal (“Married…With Children”) is 60. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 59. Keyboardist Mickey Virtue of UB40 is 57. Actor Paul McCrane (“ER”) is 53. Singer Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe is 46. Singer Trey Lorenz is 45. Actor Shawn Wayans (“White Chicks,” ”Scary Movie”) is 43. Singer-guitarist John Wozniak of Marcy Playground is 43. Actress Drea de Matteo (“Joey,” ”The Sopranos”) is 42. Actress Bitsie Tulloch (“Grimm”) is 33. Actress Jodie Sweetin (“Pants-off Dance off,” ”Full House”) is 32. Rapper Mac Miller is 22.

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