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Today in entertainment history: Jan. 8

Today in entertainment history: Jan. 8

THIS DAY IN 1935: Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis in 1977. Photo: Associated Press

1935: Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis in 1977.

1974: KISS signed its first recording contract, with Casablanca Records.

1991: Guitarist Steve Clark of Def Leppard was found dead in his London home. He was 30. A coroner ruled that Clark’s death was the result of heavy drinking.

1993: At a minute after midnight, the Elvis Presley commemorative stamp went on sale at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. People in the rest of the country got to buy them at post offices starting at noon.


Today’s Birthdays:
Actor-comedian Larry Storch (“F Troop”) is 92. Actor Ron Moody is 91. “Sunday Morning” host Charles Osgood is 82. Singer Shirley Bassey is 78. Game show host Bob Eubanks (“The Newlywed Game”) is 77. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 75. Singer Anthony Gourdine of Little Anthony and the Imperials is 74. Actress Yvette Mimieux (“The Time Machine,” ”Where the Boys Are”) is 73. Singer Juanita Cowart Motley of The Marvelettes is 71. Guitarist Robby Krieger of The Doors is 69. Singer David Bowie is 68. Actress Michelle Forbes (“True Blood,” ”Homicide,” ”Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 50. Singer R. Kelly is 48. Bassist Jeff Abercrombie of Fuel is 46. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 42. Singer Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley is 39. Actress Gaby Hoffman (“Sleepless in Seattle,” ”Field of Dreams”) is 33. Guitarist Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo of Gym Class Heroes is 32.

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