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Today in entertainment history: Jan. 27

Today in entertainment history: Jan. 27

MICHAEL JACKSON: Michael Jackson, background, is seen with his hair on fire during a taping of a Pepsi TV commercial in Los Angeles on February 1984 as brother Germaine Jackson, foreground, continues to perform apparently unaware of the situation. Photo: Associated Press

A look back on some Hollywood headlines from days gone by.

1958: Singer Little Richard enrolled in a college run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama. He was inspired after his plane caught fire while flying over the Philippines.

1968: “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding was released, six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash.

1976: “Laverne and Shirley” premiered on ABC.

1984: Michael Jackson was burned on his scalp during the filming of a Pepsi commercial that featured special effects. He was briefly hospitalized.

1991: Whitney Houston sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. It was revealed later she actually sang over a recorded version of the anthem.

1992: C&C Music Factory dominated the 19th annual American Music Awards, winning five trophies.

1993: Warner Brothers Records announced that it was releasing rapper Ice-T from his contract due to what it called “creative differences.” The previous summer, the record company was in the middle of the controversy over Ice-T’s song “Cop Killer.”

Today’s Birthdays: Actor James Cromwell (“Babe”) is 74. Drummer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 69. Singer Nedra Talley of The Ronettes is 68. Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 66. Country singer Cheryl White of The Whites is 59. Guitarist Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters is 59. Actress Mimi Rogers is 58. Guitarist Janick Gers of Iron Maiden is 57. TV commentator Keith Olbermann is 55. Singer Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 53. Keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (New Order) is 53. Actress Bridget Fonda is 50. Actor Alan Cumming (“Spy Kids” ”The Good Wife”) is 49. Singer Mike Patton (Faith No More) is 46. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 46. Rapper Tricky is 46. Guitarist Michael Kulas of James is 45. Comedian Patton Oswalt is 45. Actor Josh Randall (“Ed”) is 42.

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