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December 31, 2018

On Jan. 12, 1963, Bob Dylan performed in a radio play for the BBC in London. The play was called “The Madhouse of Castle Street” and he played a folk singer.

In 1965, the rock and roll TV series “Hullabaloo” premiered on NBC. Featured acts included the New Christy Minstrels and comedian Woody Allen.

In 1966, “Batman” premiered on ABC, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

In 1968, The Supremes appeared in an episode of NBC’s “Tarzan.” They played a group of nuns.

In 1971, the TV situation comedy “All in the Family” premiered on CBS.

In 1981, “Dynasty” premiered on ABC.

In 1991, country singer Johnny Paycheck was released from an Ohio prison after serving two years of a seven-year sentence for shooting a man in a barroom. Ohio Governor Richard Celeste commuted Paycheck’s sentence.

In 1993, the original members of Cream reunited to perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. Other inductees that year were Ruth Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, Sly and the Family Stone and Dinah Washington.

In 1995, members of Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers Band, along with Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young and Al Green were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Janis Joplin and Frank Zappa were also honored.

In 2000, Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, announced she was quitting as manager of Smashing Pumpkins. She issued a statement saying she had to resign “due to medical reasons -- Billy Corgan was making me sick!”

In 2003, Maurice (MOR’-ihs) Gibb of The Bee Gees died after having surgery for intestinal blockage at a hospital in Miami. He was 53.

Today’s Birthdays: Country singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys is 80. Actor Anthony Andrews is 71. Actress Kirstie Alley is 68. Radio personality Rush Limbaugh is 68. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton is 67. Radio personality Howard Stern is 65. News correspondent Christiane Amanpour is 61. Actor Oliver Platt is 59. Singer-director Rob Zombie is 54. Rapper TBird of B-Rock and the Bizz is 52. Model Vendela is 52. Actress Farrah Forke (“Wings”) is 51. Singer Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine is 49. Rapper Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan is 49. Singer Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay is 46. Bassist Matt Wong of Reel Big Fish is 46. Singer Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) of the Spice Girls is 45. Contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp is 41. Singer Amerie is 39. Actress Issa Rae (“Insecure”) is 34. Actress Naya Rivera (“Glee”) is 32. Singer Zayn (One Direction) is 26. Singer Ella Henderson is 23.

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