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On December 14, 1947, actors Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman went their separate ways. They were married in 1940.

In 1961, Jimmy Dean’s “Big Bad John” became the first country single to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In 1963, singer Dinah (DY’-nah) Washington died of an overdose of sleeping pills in Detroit. She was 39 years old.

In 1972, the Alexander Department Store in New York City stayed open late so singer Alice Cooper could do her Christmas shopping.

In 1977, the movie “Saturday Night Fever” was released in New York.

In 1978, the movie “Superman”, starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, was released in Los Angeles.

In 1980, fans around the world paid tribute to John Lennon, six days after his shooting death in New York City. Hundreds of silent vigils were held at 2 p.m. EST for 10 minutes at the behest of Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.

In 1984, Madonna had her first number one hit when “Like a Virgin” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

In 1998, actress Linda Hamilton filed for divorce from director James Cameron. They got married a year and a half.

In 2015, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” premiered in Los Angeles.

Today’s birthdays: Actor-singer Abbe Lane is 90 years old. Actor Hal Williams (“227,” Sanford and Son “) is 87. Actor-singer Jane Birkin (” Death on the Nile “,” Evil Under The Sun “) is 75 Singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson from Tony Orlando and Dawn are 75. Actor Dee Wallace (“ET”) is 73. AC / DC bassist Cliff Williams is 72. Actor TK Carter (“The Corner”, “Punky Brewster” ) is 65. Singer-guitarist Mike Scott of The Waterboys is 63. Singer-whistleist Peter “Spider” Stacy of The Pogues is 63. Actress Cynthia Gibb (TV’s “Fame”) is 58. actress Nancy Valen (“Baywatch”) is 56 years old Actor Archie Kao (“Chicago PD”) is 52 years old Actor Natascha McElhone (MAK’-el-hohn) (Californication of the movie “The Truman Show”) has 52 years old Actor Michaela Watkins (“Trophy Wife”, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”) is 50 years old Actress Miranda Hart (“Call the Midwife”) is 49 years old. Singer Brian Dalyrimle of Soul for Real is 46. Actor KaDee Strickland (“Private Practice”) is 46. Actor Jackson Ra thbone (“Twilight” Movies) is 37 years old. Actor Vanessa Hudgens is 33. Singer Tori Kelly is 29 years old.

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