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Today in entertainment history: Jan. 23

Today in entertainment history: Jan. 23

JOHNNY CARSON: In this May 22, 1992 file photo, talk show host Johnny Carson, right, is shown with the show's announcer Ed McMahon during the final taping of the "Tonight Show." Photo: Associated Press

A look at Hollywood headlines from years past.

1976: “Donny and Marie” premiered on ABC. It was the first variety show hosted by a brother and sister team, Donny and Marie Osmond.

1977: The TV mini-series “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, began on ABC.

1978: Terry Kath, a vocalist and guitarist with the band Chicago, accidentally shot himself to death. He was 32.

1982: George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley recorded their first demos as Wham! in Ridgeley’s parents’ house. They used a portable studio that cost them $32.

1986: The first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were honored. They included Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis Presley.

1996: The city council in Johnson City, Tennessee, withdrew permission for White Zombie to hold a show there. Several town residents had complained that the band advocated satan worship.

1997: “Louie, Louie” composer Richard Berry died in his sleep at his home in South Central Los Angeles.

2002: Virgin Records and Mariah Carey terminated their record deal after barely nine months. Virgin paid Carey $28 million to break the contract, on top of the $21 million Carey got for signing with Virgin.

2005: Johnny Carson died from complications from emphysema in Los Angeles. He was 79.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Chita Rivera is 81. Actor Gil Gerard is 71. Actor Rutger Hauer is 70. Singer Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 66. Bassist-keyboardist Bill Cunningham of The Box Tops is 64. Actor Richard Dean Anderson (“MacGyver”) is 64. Singer-guitarist Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is 61. Singer Anita Baker is 56. Bassist Earl Falconer of UB40 is 55. Actress Gail O’Grady (“American Dreams,” ”NYPD Blue”) is 51. Actress Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 50. Singer Marc Nelson (Az Yet) is 43. Actress Tiffani Thiessen (“Beverly Hills, 90210″) is 40. Bassist Nick Harmer of Death Cab For Cutie is 39.

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