Today in Entertainment History
On Dec. 28, 1968, the first big East Coast rock festival opened in Miami. Performers at the Miami Pop Festival included Chuck Berry, Country Joe and the Fish and Richie Havens.
In 1976, bluesman Freddie King died in Dallas at age 42. He was a major influence on British rockers like Eric Clapton.
In 1983, Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson drowned while swimming in the harbor at Marina Del Rey, California. He was 39.
In 1991, nine people were killed at a charity basketball game at City College in New York that featured Run DMC and LL Cool J. The victims were crushed when the crowd surged to get into the gym where the game was to be played.
In 1993, country singer Shania Twain married producer Mutt Lange. They have since divorced.
In 1996, actor Ken Wahl was arrested for allegedly threatening a bartender with a hunting knife in Los Angeles.
In 2005, the body of singer-bassist Barry Cowsill of The Cowsills was found on a New Orleans wharf. He had been missing since Hurricane Katrina three months earlier. Cowsill was 51.
In 2016, actress Debbie Reynolds suffered a stroke and died in Los Angeles. She was 84. She died the day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.
Today’s birthdays: Comic book creator Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” ″The Incredible Hulk”) is 95. Actress Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) is 85. Actress Maggie Smith (“Harry Potter”) is 83. Saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers is 79. Singer-keyboardist Edgar Winter is 71. Drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste of The Meters is 69. Actor Denzel Washington is 63. Country singer Joe Diffie is 59. Drummer Mike McGuire of Shenandoah is 59. Actor Chad McQueen (the “Karate Kid” films) is 57. Country singer-guitarist Marty Roe of Diamond Rio is 57. Actor Malcolm Gets (“Caroline in the City”) is 54. Comedian Seth Meyers (“Late Night With Seth Meyers”) is 44. Actor Brendan Hines (“Suits,” ″Lie To Me”) is 41. Actor Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”) is 41. Singer John Legend is 39. Actor Andre Holland (“Selma”) is 38. Actress Sienna Miller is 36. Actor Beau Garrett (“The Good Doctor”) is 35. Actress Mackenzie Rosman (“7th Heaven”) is 28. “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta is 27. Actress Mary-Charles Jones (“Kevin Can Wait”) is 16. Actor Miles Brown (“Black-ish”) is 13.