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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 25

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 25

DEAN MARTIN: The legendary singer and performer passed away on Christmas Day in 1995. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the Hollywood headlines that made news on Christmases past.

1946: Actor W.C. Fields died. He was 67.

1959: Future Beatles drummer Ringo Starr got his first set of drums as a Christmas present. He was working as an apprentice engineer at the time.

1964: George Harrison’s girlfriend, Patti Boyd, was attacked by jealous female fans at a Beatles show in London.

1976: The Eagles’ album “Hotel California” went platinum.

1977: Comedian Charlie Chaplin died in Switzerland at age 88.

1991: Willie Nelson’s 33-year-old son Billy was found dead at his home in suburban Nashville. A medical examiner ruled the death a suicide by hanging.

1991: “The Prince of Tides,” directed by Barbra Streisand, opened nationwide.

1995: Entertainer Dean Martin died of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was 78.

1999: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld married public relations executive Jessica Sklar in New York.

2006: James Brown died at an Atlanta hospital. He was 73.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Hanna Schygulla is 70. Singer John Edwards of The Spinners is 69. Actor Gary Sandy (“WKRP In Cincinnati”) is 68. Singer Jimmy Buffett is 67. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 65. Actress Sissy Spacek is 64. Actress CCH Pounder is 61. Singer Annie Lennox is 59. Singer Steve Wariner is 59. Guitarist Robin Campbell of UB40 is 59. Singer Shane McGowan (The Popes, the Pogues) is 56. Guitarist Noel Hogan of The Cranberries is 42. Singer Dido (DY’-doh) is 42. Singer Mac Powell of Third Day is 41. Country singer Alecia Elliott is 31. Singer Jess and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas are 29.

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