Today in Entertainment History: January 8

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On January eighth, 1935, Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis in 1977.

In 1966, the last episode of ABC's "Shindig" music show was broadcast. The Kinks and The Who were the guest performers.

In 1968, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was posthumously released and became the Maconite's first Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit.

In 1974, Kiss signed its first recording contract, with Casablanca Records.

In 1979, the Canadian government named Rush its official "Ambassadors of Music."

In 1989, the musical "42nd Street" closed on Broadway after more than 3,400 performances.

In 1990, a Los Angeles judge ruled that columnist Art Buchwald came up with the idea that inspired the Eddie Murphy movie "Coming To America." Buchwald had sued Paramount Pictures, claiming the studio stole the idea.

In 1991, guitarist Steve Clark of Def Leppard was found dead in his London home. He was 30. A coroner ruled that Clark's death was the result of heavy drinking.

In 1993, at a minute after midnight, the Elvis Presley commemorative stamp went on sale at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. People in the rest of the country got to buy them at post offices starting at noon.

In 1996, Robert Dewey Hoskins was found guilty of stalking Madonna.

In 2005, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil married Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas. It was his fourth marriage, her second.

Today's Birthdays: Actor-comedian Larry Storch ("F Troop") is 90. Actor Ron Moody is 89. "Sunday Morning" host Charles Osgood is 80. Singer Shirley Bassey is 76. Game show host Bob Eubanks ("The Newlywed Game") is 75. Country-gospel singer Cristy Lane is 73. Singer Anthony Gourdine of Little Anthony and the Imperials is 72. Guitarist Robby Krieger of The Doors is 67. Singer David Bowie is 66. Actress Michelle Forbes ("Homicide," ''Star Trek: The Next Generation") is 48. Singer R. Kelly is 45. Bassist Jeff Abercrombie of Fuel is 44. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 40. Singer Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley is 37. Actress Gaby Hoffman ("Field of Dreams") is 31. Guitarist Disashi Lumumbo-Kasongo of Gym Class Heroes is 30.

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