This weekend in entertainment history: Dec. 14 & 15

This weekend in entertainment history: Dec. 14 & 15

'SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER:' The iconic disco movie was released on Dec. 14, 1977. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the headlines that made history on Dec. 14 and 15.

Dec. 14

1947: Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman separated.

1961: Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John” became the first country single to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Singer Dinah Washington died of an overdose of sleeping pills in Detroit. She was 39.

1972: Alexander’s department store in New York stayed open late so singer Alice Cooper could do his Christmas shopping.

The movie “Saturday Night Fever” opened in New York.

1978: The movie “Superman,” starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, opened in Los Angeles.

1980: Fans around the world paid tribute to John Lennon, six days after he was shot to death in New York City. Hundreds of silent vigils were held at 2 p.m. Eastern time for ten minutes at the request of Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.

1984: Madonna had her first number-one hit when “Like a Virgin” hit the top of the “Billboard” singles chart.

Today’s birthdays: Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry is 93. Actor Hal Williams (“227,” ”Sanford and Son”) is 79. Singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson of Tony Orlando and Dawn is 67. Actress Patty Duke is 67. Actress Dee Wallace is 65. Bassist Cliff Williams of AC/DC is 64. Singer-guitarist Mike Scott of The Waterboys is 55. Singer-whistle player Peter “Spider” Stacy of The Pogues is 55. Actress Cynthia Gibb (“Fame”) is 50. Singer Brian Dalyrimple of Soul for Real is 38. Actress Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) is 25.

Dec. 15

1939: “Gone with the Wind” had its world premiere in Atlanta. It starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.

A plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller disappeared during a flight over the English Channel. He was a U.S. Army major at the time. Forty years later, British authorities said the plane was probably hit by explosives jettisoned from British fighters.

1966: Movie producer Walt Disney died of lung cancer in Los Angeles. He was 65.

1977: Members of the Sex Pistols were denied visas to enter the U.S., two days before they were to appear on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Their replacement was Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

1985: Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen were married.

Today’s birthdays:
Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 80. Singer Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes is 74. Drummer Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five is 71. Drummer Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge is 67. Actor Don Johnson is 64. Actress Melanie Chartoff (“Rugrats,” ”Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”) is 63. Actor Justin Ross is 59. Bassist Paul Simonon (SIM’-uh-nun) of The Clash is 58. Country singer Doug Phelps (The Kentucky Headhunters, Brothers Phelps) is 53. Actress Helen Slater is 50. Actress Molly Price (“Third Watch”) is 48. Actor Michael Shanks (“Stargate SG-1”) is 43. Actor Stuart Townsend (“Queen of the Damned”) is 41. Actor Adam Brody (“The O.C.”) is 34. Actress Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) is 32. Actor George O. Gore II (“My Wife and Kids”) is 31. Actress Camilla Luddington (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 30.

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