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On December 17, 1969, an estimated 50 million television viewers watched singer Tiny Tim’s wedding to Miss Vicki on NBC’s “Tonight Show.” The campaign earned the show its highest ratings at the time.

Also in 1969, Chicago’s first album, “Chicago Transit Authority,” went gold.

In 1970, the Beach Boys conducted a show for Princess Margaret in London.

Elvis Costello performing with the Attractions on “Saturday Night Live” in 1977 as a last-minute backup for the Sex Pistols who were denied US visas . Costello was told not to play his song “Radio, Radio” because it criticized the radio industry, but he interrupted another song to play it.

In 1982, the Who played the final show of their farewell tour at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. By the end of the decade, they reunited again for a tour.

Also in 1982, blues musician Big Joe Williams died of natural causes in Macon, Mississippi at the age of 79. His most famous songs include “Baby Please Don’t Go” and “Big Fat Mama”.

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In 1986, a Las Vegas jury convicted NBC of defaming singer Wayne Newton by linking him to organized crime.

The Simpsons premiered on Fox in 1989.

In 1992, Barbra Streisand signed a film and music deal with Sony. Terms were not disclosed, but sources estimated the deal to be worth $60 million.

In 1997, the president of the United States of America announced the breakup. They’ve reunited twice. They last broke up in the summer of 2015.

In 2001, comedian Tom Green filed for divorce from actor Drew Barrymore after less than six months of marriage.

Today’s birthday: Singer and actor Tommy Steele turns 86. Actor Bernard Hill is 78 years old. Actor Ernie Hudson (“Ghostbusters”) is 77. Former “Hardline” host Chris Matthews is 77. Actor and comedian Eugene Levy is 76 years old. Actor Marilyn Hassett (“The Other Side of the Mountain”) is 75 years old. Actor Wes Studi (TV series “Comanche Moon,” “Into the West”) is 75 years old. Raspberry drummer Jim Bonfanti is 74 years old. Actor Joel Brooks (“Six Feet Under”) is 73. Singer Paul Rogers is 73. The Emotions singer Wanda Hutchinson Vaughn is 71. Country singer Sharon White of The White People’s Band is 69. Actor Barry Livingston (“My Three Sons”) is 69. Actor Bill Pullman is 69 years old. Director-producer Peter Farrelly (FAYR’-eh-lee) (“There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber”) is 66. REM bassist Mike Mills is 64 years old. Bananarama singer Sarah Dallin is 61. Country singer Tracy Byrd is 56. Little Texas bassist Duane Propes is 56. Actor Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”) is 53 years old. DJ Homicide of Sugar Ray is 52 years old. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas (“The District”) is 52. Actor Claire Franey (“Meet Joe Black,” “CSI: New York”) is 51. OneRepublic drummer Eddie Fisher is 49 Actor Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) is 48. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 48. Actor Marissa Ribisi (“Happy Valley”) is 48. Actor Milla Jovovich (YOH’- vuh-vich) (“Supermodel,” “The Fifth Element”) at 47. MGMT singer Ben Goldwasser at 40. Singer Mikky (MIK’ -ee) Ekko at 39. Actor Shannon Woodward (“Westworld,” “Raising Hope”) “) is 38. Actor Emma Bell (“The Walking Dead”) is 36. Actor Vanessa Zima (“Ulee’s Gold,” TV “Murder One”) is 36. Paramore’s guitarist Taylor York is 33 years old. Actor Graham Rogers (“Quantico”) is 32 years old. Actor and singer Nat Wolff (“The Naked Brothers”) is 28 years old.

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