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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 26

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 26

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: In a scene from their controversial television film fantasy "Magical Mystery Tour", in which The Beatles are seen disguised as animals, in England. Photo: Associated Press

A look at some of Hollywood’s biggest headlines from years past.

1944: Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” was first performed publicly in Chicago.

1957: Elvis Presley got a temporary draft deferment so he could finish the movie “King Creole.”

1963: Capitol Records released the single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles, which became the band’s first No. 1 hit in the U.S.

1967: The Beatles film “Magical Mystery Tour” premiered on BBC television.

1968: Led Zeppelin played its first U.S. show, opening for Vanilla Fudge.

1973: “The Exorcist” made its premiere nationwide.

1999: Musician Curtis Mayfield died outside Atlanta at the age of 57.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Donald Moffat (“Clear and Present Danger”) is 83. Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on “Sesame Street”) is 80. Singer Abdul “Duke” Fakir of The Four Tops is 78. Record producer Phil Spector is 74. “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh is 68. Keyboardist Bob Carpenter with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is 67. Humorist David Sedaris is 57. Drummer James Kottak of Scorpions is 51. Country drummer Brian Westrum of Sons of the Desert is 51. Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica is 50. Country singer Audrey Wiggins is 46. Guitarist J (White Zombie) is 46. Guitarist Peter Klett of Candlebox is 44. Singer James Mercer of The Shins is 43. Actor Jared Leto is 42. Singer and “American Idol” finalist Chris Daughtry is 34. Actress Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) is 28. Actor Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) is 27.

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Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, center, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive."

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Glen Matlock denies new Sex Pistols reunion

John Lydon, right, and Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols perform at the Roxy in West Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007.

Sex Pistols star Glen Matlock dashes fans' hopes of another reunion by insisting he hasn't had any contact with John Lydon in five years.

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Aretha Franklin storms out of fast food joint

FILE - In this May 11, 2013 file photo, Aretha Franklin performs during McDonald's Gospelfest 2013 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.Franklin won’t say what has caused her latest health problems, but says she’s had a “miraculous” recovery and is looking forward to performing soon.In a phone interview on Tuesday, Aug. 20, Franklin said that she recently had a cat scan and that it showed she was 85 percent improved. The 71-year-old has canceled several concerts and public appearances and blamed it on unspecified treatment.

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Byron Scott to lead Lakers…or will he?

FILE - In this April 17, 2013, file photo, then-Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott watches an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C. Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Los Angeles Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday, July 27, 2014, that no deal has been reached. Scott, who won three NBA titles as a shooting guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn't had a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30.

The club continues to insist that no deal has been reached.

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Only arguing remains in Sterling trail

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, right, during the Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. With a $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a judge is set to determine Monday, June 30, 2014, if the terms of a family trust alone are enough to confirm Donald Sterling was properly removed as trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the team without his consent.

Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

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