Today in Entertainment History: “Chinese Democracy” released

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On 23 November 1936, the first issue of Life magazine was published.

In 1959, the musical “Fiorello!” opened on Broadway. It was based on the story of New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.

In 1964, the BBC banned the Rolling Stones from the airwaves after the band arrived late for two radio shows.

In 1974, singer-musician Gary Wright left the band Spooky Tooth for a solo career. He went on to have success with “Dream Weaver.”

In 1976, musician Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis. Authorities said he brandished a gun and demanded to see Presley. Lewis was charged with public intoxication and possession of a weapon.

In 1983, actress Mary Tyler Moore married cardiologist Robert Levine in New York.

In 1989, musician Paul McCartney began his first North American tour in more than a dozen years, playing the first of several shows in the Los Angeles area.

In 1992, country legend Roy Acuff died in Nashville at the age of 89. He had joined the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s and performed regularly until several months before his death.

In 1995, director Louis Malle (LOO’-ee MAHL) died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, of complications from lymphoma. He was 63. He is known for films like “Pretty Baby” and “My Dinner with Andre”. Also that day, singer Junior Walker of Junior Walker and the All-Stars died of cancer in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was 64.

In 1996, Bob Hope set the record for the longest continuous contract in radio and television history when his last television special aired. Hope had been with NBC for 60 years.

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Also in 1996, actor Woody Harrelson and eight other environmental activists were arrested after climbing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as a protest to save redwood trees in Northern California. The activists were accused of tying up traffic for hours.

In 2005, singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (lah-SHAY’) announced their separation. Their divorce was finalized seven months later. They got married in 2002.

In 2008, Guns N’ Roses released their long-awaited album, “Chinese Democracy”.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Franco Nero (“Django,” “Camelot”) is 82. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (“Basic Instinct,” “Showgirls”) is 79. Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (vih-LANCH’) (“Hollywood Squares”) is 76. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 69. Actor Maxwell Caulfield (“The Colbys”) is 64. Actor John Henton (“The Hughleys,” “Living Single”) is 63. “Good Morning America” ​​co-host Robin Roberts is 63 Singer-guitarist Ken Block of Sister Hazel is 57. Drummer Charlie Grover (Sponge) is 57. Actor Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Family Law”) is 56. Actor Oded Fehr (OH’-ded fayr) (“The Mummy”) ) is 53. Rapper Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound is 51. Actor Page Kennedy (“Desperate Housewives”) is 47. Actor Kelly Brook (“Smallville”) is 44. Actor Lucas Grabeel (GRAY’-beel) (“High School Musical “) “) is 39. TV personality Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore”) is 36. Singer-actress Miley Cyrus is 31. Actor Austin Majors (“NYPD Blue”) is 28.

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