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Today in entertainment history: Dec. 11

Today in entertainment history: Dec. 11

'THE TONIGHT SHOW:' Johnny Carson, longtime host of "The Tonight Show" received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992. Photo: Associated Press/Douglas Pizac,

A look at Hollywood’s headlines from Dec. 11.

1946: Country singer Hank Williams made his first recordings.

1957: Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown, in Hernando, Tennessee.

1964: Singer Sam Cooke was shot and killed at a Los Angeles motel.

1972: Genesis performed its first U.S. concert at a university in Massachusetts.

1992: Former talk show host Johnny Carson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Rita Moreno is 82. Singer David Gates of Bread is 73. Actress Donna Mills (“Knots Landing”) is 71. Singer Brenda Lee is 69. Actress Linda Day George is 69. Actress Teri Garr is 66. Actress Bess Armstrong is 60. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 59. Bassist Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue is 55. Singer-bassist Justin Currie of Del Amitri is 49. Bassist David Schools of Widespread Panic is 49. Actor Gary Dourdan (“C.S.I.”) is 47. Actress-comedian Mo’Nique (“The Parkers”) is 46. Actor Max Martini (“The Unit”) is 44. Rapper-actor Mos Def is 40. Actor Rider Strong (“Boy Meets World”) is 34. Actress Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) is 17.

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