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Today in Entertainment History

November 2, 2017

On November 2, 1955, Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons” first appeared on the charts.

In 1959, game show contestant Charles Van Doren told a House panel that he had been given questions and answers in advance before appearing on the quiz show “Twenty-One” on NBC.

In 1963, Dion walked out of a live taping of the British TV program “Ready, Steady, Go,” claiming that he was distracted by the go-go dancers.

Also in 1963, the single “Be True to Your School” by The Beach Boys was released.

In 1968, the single “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder was released.

In 1974, George Harrison went on his first tour in eight years. He was on the road in support of his “Dark Horse” album.

In 1979, Mick and Bianca Jagger divorced.

Also in 1979, the movie version of the Who’s “Quadrophenia” opened.

In 2006, Rod Stewart’s divorce from Rachel Hunter was finalized, seven years after they separated. He had proposed to model Penny Lancaster in that time and had a baby with her.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) is 79. Actress Stefanie Powers is 75. Singer-actor J.D. Souther (“Nashville”) is 72. Drummer Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band is 60. Singer k.d. lang is 56. Bassist Bobby Dall of Poison is 54. Actress Lauren Velez (“Dexter”) is 53. Actor David Schwimmer (“Friends”) is 51. Singer Alvin Chea of Take 6 is 50. Jazz singer Kurt Elling is 50. Bassist Fieldy of Korn is 48. Actress Meta Golding (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”) is 46. Singer-guitarist John Hampson of Nine Days is 46. Actress Marisol Nichols (“Riverdale”) is 46. Singer Timothy Christian Riley of Tony! Toni! Tone! is 43. Rapper Nelly is 43. Actor Danny Cooksey (“Diff’rent Strokes”) is 42. Guitarist Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie is 42. Actor-singer Kendall Schmidt (“Big Time Rush”) is 27.

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