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Today in Entertainment History

On Dec. 3, 1947, the Tennessee Williams play "A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway.
In 1953, the musical "Kismet" opened on Broadway. It featured the song "Stranger In Paradise."
In 1960, the Lerner and Lowe musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.
In 1966, The Monkees performed their first live concert, in Honolulu.
In 1968, Elvis Presley's "comeback special" was broadcast on NBC.
In 1971, the Montreux Casino in Switzerland burned down during a performance by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Deep Purple was the opening act and wrote about it in the song "Smoke on the Water."
In 1976, seven gunmen broke into singer Bob Marley's house in Jamaica. Marley, his wife, their manager and a house guest were shot and wounded. The gunmen were never caught.
Also in 1976, Pink Floyd released a 40-foot helium-filled pig at Battersea Power Station in England so they could photograph it for their "Animals" album cover. The pig broke loose, and authorities alerted pilots to watch for a flying pig.
In 1979, eleven people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum, where The Who was performing. Dozens of others were injured.
In 1992, Stevie Wonder was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Songwriters.
In 1997, the country group Little Texas announced they planned to break up at the end of the year.
In 1998, rapper Coolio was found guilty of stealing clothes from a boutique in Stuttgart, Germany, and punching the boutique owner. He was fined $30,000.
In 1999, actor Madeline Kahn died of ovarian cancer in New York. She was 57.
In 2005, singer Marilyn Manson married burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese at a castle in Ireland. They divorced less than two years later.

  • Today's birthdays: Director Jean-Luc Godard is 91. Singer Jaye P. Morgan ("The Gong Show") is 90. Actor Nicolas Coster ("The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo") is 88. Actor Mary Alice is 80. Singer Ozzy Osbourne is 73. Singer Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship is 72. Bassist Paul Gregg of Restless Heart is 67. Actor Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives") is 66. Actor Daryl Hannah is 61. Actor Julianne Moore is 61. Actor Brendan Fraser is 53. Singer Montell Jordan is 53. Actor-comedian Royale Watkins is 52. Actor Bruno Campos ("Nip/Tuck," "Jesse") is 48. Actor Holly Marie Combs ("Charmed") is 48. Actor Lauren Roman ("Bold and the Beautiful") is 46. Musician Daniel Bedingfield is 42. Actor Tiffany Haddish ("Girls Trip") is 42. Actor Anna Chlumsky (KLUHM'-skee) is 41. Actor Jenna Dewan (deh-WAHN') ("The Resident," "Supergirl") is 41. Actor Brian Bonsall ("Family Ties") is 40. Actor Dascha Polanco ("Orange is the New Black") is 39. Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is 38. Drummer Michael Calabrese of Lake Street Dive is 37. Actor Amanda Seyfried (SAY'-freed) ("Mamma Mia") is 36. Actor Jake T. Austin ("The Fosters," "Wizards of Waverly Place") is 27.