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Today in entertainment history: Nov. 23

Today in entertainment history: Nov. 23

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Singer-actress Miley Cyrus is 23 today. Photo: Associated Press

1936: The first edition of Life magazine was published.

1964: The BBC banned the Rolling Stones from its airwaves after the band arrived late for two radio shows.

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

1976: Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside of Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis. Authorities said he was brandishing a pistol and was demanding to see Presley. Lewis was charged with public intoxication and possession of a weapon.

1983: Actress Mary Tyler Moore married cardiologist Dr. Robert Levine in New York.

1989: 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.

1992: Country legend Roy Acuff died in Nashville at age 89. He had joined the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930’s and appeared regularly up until several months before he died.

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

2005: Singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey announced their separation.

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

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Elmarie Wendel (“3rd Rock From The Sun,” ”George Lopez”) is 87. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (“Basic Instinct,” ”Showgirls”) is 71. Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (“Hollywood Squares”) is 68. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 61. Actor Maxwell Caulfield (“The Colbys”) is 56. Actor John Henton (“The Hughleys,” “Living Single”) is 55. “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts is 55. Singer-guitarist Ken Block of Sister Hazel is 49. Drummer Charlie Grover of Sponge is 49. Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Family Law”) is 48. Actor Oded Fehr (“The Mummy”) is 45. Rapper Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound is 43. Actor Page Kennedy (“Desperate Housewives”) is 39. Actress Kelly Brook (“Smallville”) is 36. Actor Lucas Grabeel (“High School Musical”) is 31. TV personality Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore”) is 28. Singer-actress Miley Cyrus is 23. Actor Austin Majors (“NYPD Blue”) is 20.

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