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December 31, 2018

On Jan. 11, 1964, the Whisky A-Go-Go club opened on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Doors are among the bands that got their start there.

In 1969, Jethro Tull’s debut album, “This Was,” was released.

In 1992, Paul Simon became the first international star to perform in South Africa following the end of the United Nations cultural boycott. Simon opened a concert tour in Johannesburg.

In 1993, singer Jesse James Dupree of the band Jackyl was arrested for mooning an audience in Cincinnati. The band was touring with Damn Yankees, who also had some trouble. Damn Yankees’ guitarist Ted Nugent shot a flaming arrow, which was a violation of Cincinnati’s fire code. Dupree was released on bond. Nugent paid a fine.

In 2000, Gary Glitter was freed from prison after serving half of a four-month sentence for downloading pornographic pictures of children.

Also in 2000, authorities at an airport in Hawaii say they found a half-ounce of marijuana in Whitney Houston’s bag. She caught her flight before she could be arrested.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Mitchell Ryan (“Dharma and Greg”) is 85. Actor Felix Silla (Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family,” ″Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”) is 82. Director Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is 77. Country singer Naomi Judd is 73. Musician Robert Earl Keen is 63. Actress Phyllis Logan (“Downton Abbey”) is 63. Guitarist Vicki Peterson of The Bangles is 61. Actress Kim Coles (“Living Single”) is 57. Former child actress Dawn Lyn (“My Three Sons”) is 56. Guitarist Tom Dumont of No Doubt is 51. Singer Mary J. Blige is 48. Musician Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers is 48. Actress Amanda Peet is 47. Actress Aja Naomi King (“How To Get Away With Murder”) is 34. Reality star Jason Wahler (“Laguna Beach,” ″The Hills”) is 32. Pop singer Cody Simpson is 22.

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