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Today in entertainment history: May 27

Today in entertainment history: May 27

THIS DAY IN 1950:Frank Sinatra made his television debut. Photo: Associated Press

1950: Frank Sinatra made his TV debut with Bob Hope on NBC.

1962: Bob Dylan released “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” which contained songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”

1967: Otis Redding’s band, The Bar-Kays, entered the R&B chart with “Soul Finger.” The instrumental became their biggest hit without Redding.

1977: The Sex Pistols’ second single, “God Save the Queen,” was released to coincide with Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee celebration in June. The record, which begins “God save the Queen, she ain’t no human being,” made the British Top Ten despite being banned from airplay.

1989: Chicago and the Beach Boys toured together for the first time in 14 years, with Brian Wilson joining them on occasion.

1995: Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed in a riding accident in Virginia.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Christopher Lee is 92. Actress Lee Meriwether is 79. Musician Ramsey Lewis is 79. Actor Louis Gossett Junior is 78. Country singer Don Williams is 75. Actor Bruce Weitz is 71. Singer Cilla Black is 71. Singer Bruce Cockburn (COH’-burn) is 69. Actor Richard Schiff (“The West Wing”) is 59. Singer Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees is 57. Singer-guitarist Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz is 56. Actress Peri Gilpin (“Frasier”) is 53. Actress Cathy Silvers (“Happy Days”) is 53. Comedian Adam Carolla is 50. Actor Todd Bridges (“Diff’rent Strokes”) is 49. Drummer Sean Kinney of Alice In Chains is 48. Actor Paul Bettany (“The Da Vinci Code,” ”A Beautiful Mind”) is 43. Singer-guitarist Brian Desveaux of Nine Days is 43. Actor Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) is 41. Rapper Andre 3000 of Outkast is 39. Rapper Jadakiss is 39. Actor Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”) is 34. Actor Chris Colfer (“Glee”) is 24. Actor Ethan Dampf (“American Dreams”) is 20.

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