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Entertainment History

November 29, 2015 08:07 GMT

Today in Entertainment History

On Nov. 29, 1948, "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" made its debut on NBC.

In 1959, the Record of the Year Grammy Award went to Bobby Darin for "Mack The Knife." Frank Sinatra's "Come Dance With Me" won the Album of the Year award. Sinatra didn't show up to the ceremony, supposedly because he had gotten shut out at the very first Grammys, only six months earlier.

In 1969, John Lennon was convicted of marijuana possession and was fined.

In 1976, Jerry Lee Lewis shot his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, twice in the chest while trying to hit a soda bottle. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits.

In 1979, the four original members of Kiss performed together for what they thought was the last time. They reunited in 1996.

Also in 1979, model Anita Pallenberg, Keith Richard's common-law wife, was cleared of murder charges. Her young male companion had been found shot to death in her home in New York state.

In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned off Santa Catalina Island, California, at age 43. The death was ruled accidental.

In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.

In 1995, singer Sammy Hagar married Kari Karte (KAHR'-tay) on a mountain in northern California.

In 1997, singer Whitney Houston canceled an appearance at the last minute at a Unification Church mass wedding in Washington, citing illness. She had said earlier she didn't know the Unification Church was behind it when she agreed to the event.

In 2001, musician George Harrison died in Los Angeles after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 58.

Today's Birthdays: Blues musician John Mayall is 82. Actress Diane Ladd is 80. Musician Chuck Mangione (man-jee-OH'-nee) is 75. Country singer Jody Miller is 74. Singer-keyboardist Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals is 73. Comedian Garry Shandling is 66. Director Joel Coen is 61. Actor-comedian Howie Mandel is 60. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 55. Actress Kim Delaney ("NYPD Blue") is 54. Actor Tom Sizemore is 54. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 53. Actor Don Cheadle is 51. Singer Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block is 47. Actor Larry Joe Campbell ("According to Jim") is 45. Keyboardist Frank Delgado of Deftones is 45. Actress Paola Turbay ("True Blood") is 45. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 44. Actor Brian Baumgartner ("The Office") is 43. Actress Anna (AH'-nuh) Faris ("Mom," `'Scary Movie") is 39. Actress Lauren German ("Chicago Fire") is 37. Rapper The Game is 36. Drummer Ringo Garza of Los Lonely Boys is 34. Actor-comedian John Milhiser ("Saturday Night Live") is 34. Actor Lucas Black ("NCIS: New Orleans," `'Sling Blade") is 33.

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