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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 3

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 3

HEY HEY, WE'RE THE MONKEES: The band got their start in 1966. Photo: Associated Press

A look at some Hollywood headlines from Dec. 3.

1947: The Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire” opened on Broadway.

1966: The Monkees performed their first live concert, in Honolulu.

1968: Elvis Presley’s now famous comeback special was broadcast on NBC.

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 their song “Smoke on the Water.”

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 had to alert pilots to watch for a flying pig.

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.

1992: Stevie Wonder was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Songwriters.

Today’s birthdays: Director Jean-Luc Godard is 83. Singer Jaye P. Morgan (“The Gong Show”) is 82. Actress Mary Alice is 72. Singer Ozzy Osbourne is 65. Singer Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship is 64. Bassist Paul Gregg of Restless Heart is 59. Actor Steven Culp (“Desperate Housewives”) is 58. Actress Daryl Hannah is 53. Actress Julianne Moore is 53. Actor Brendan Fraser is 45. Singer Montell Jordan is 45. Actor-comedian Royale Watkins is 44. Actress Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed”) is 40. Actress Liza Lapira (“Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23″) is 38. Musician Daniel Bedingfield is 34. Actress Anna Chlumsky is 33. Actor Brian Bonsall (“Family Ties”) is 32. Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer is 30. Actress Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia”) is 28. Actor Jake T. Austin (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) is 19.

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