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Today in entertainment history: Jan. 17

Today in entertainment history: Jan. 17

DONAHUE: Phil Donahue speaks with the audience during a "Donahue" show broadcast from New York, Jan. 8, 1985 in New York. Photo: Associated Press/Dave Pickoff

A look at the news that made headlines on Jan. 17.

1926: George Burns and Gracie Allen were married.

1965: The Rolling Stones recorded “The Last Time” and “Play With Fire” in Los Angeles.

1972: Part of Highway 51 South in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. It runs in front of Graceland.

1975: “Baretta” premiered on ABC.

1979: Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt announced that they would record an album together. The result was the album “Trio,” which wasn’t released until eight years later.

1990: The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1996: Talk show host Phil Donahue announced he was retiring after the end of the season, after 29 years on the air.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Betty White is 92. Actor James Earl Jones is 83. Talk show host Maury Povich is 75. Singer Chris Montez is 72. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 69. Actress Joanna David (“Downton Abbey”) is 67. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 66. Singer Sheila Hutchinson of The Emotions is 61. Singer Steve Earle is 59. Singer Paul Young is 58. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 57. Singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles is 55. Writer-Director Brian Helgeland (“42,” ”Mystic River,” ”L.A. Confidential”) is 53. Actor Jim Carrey is 52. Actor Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story,” ”True Blood,” ”Garden State”) is 52. Actor Joshua Malina (“The West Wing,” ”Sports Night”) is 48. Singer Shabba Ranks is 48. Drummer Jon Wysocki (Staind) is 46. Actor Naveen Andrews (“Lost”) is 45. Musician Kid Rock is 43. Actor Freddy Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”) is 39. Actor-writer Leigh Whannel — actor/writer (“Saw” and “Insidious” movies) is 37. Actress-singer Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl,”500 Days of Summer,” ”Elf”) is 34. Singer Ray J is 33. Country singer Amanda Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 32. DJ Calvin Harris is 30. Drummer Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers is 28.

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