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On November 23, 1936, the first issue of Life magazine was published.

In 1959, the musical “Fiorello! opened on Broadway. It was based on the story of New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.

In 1964, the BBC banned the Rolling Stones from its airwaves after the group arrived late for two radio shows.

In 1974, singer-musician Gary Wright left the group Spooky Tooth for a solo career. He continued to have success with “Dream Weaver”.

In 1976, musician Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion in Memphis. Authorities said he was brandishing a pistol and demanding to see Presley. Lewis has been charged with public intoxication and possession of a weapon.

In 1983, actor Mary Tyler Moore married cardiologist Robert Levine in New York.

In 1989, musician Paul McCartney embarked on his first North American tour in over a dozen years, playing the first of several shows in the Los Angeles area.

In 1992, country legend Roy Acuff died in Nashville at the age of 89. He had joined the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s and had performed regularly until several months before his death.

In 1995, director Louis Malle (LOO’-ee MAHL) died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, from lymphoma. He was 63 years old. He is known for films like “Pretty Baby” and “My Dinner with Andre”. Also on that day, Junior Walker singer of Junior Walker and the All-Stars died of cancer in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was 64 years old.

In 1996, Bob Hope set a record for the longest continuous contract in radio and television history when his last television show aired. Hope had been with NBC for 60 years.

Also in 1996, actor Woody Harrelson and eight other environmental activists were arrested after climbing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to protest against the redwoods of northern California. The activists were accused of blocking traffic for hours.

In 2005, singers Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (lah-SHAY ‘) announced their separation. Their divorce was pronounced seven months later. They married in 2002.

In 2008, Guns N ‘Roses released their long-awaited album, “Chinese Democracy”.

Today’s birthdays: actor Franco Nero (“Django”, “Camelot”) is 80 years old. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (“Basic Instinct”, “Showgirls”) is 77 years old. Comedy writer Bruce Vilanch (hiv-LANCH ‘) (“Hollywood Squares”) is 74 years old. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 67 years old. Actor Maxwell Caulfield (“The Colbys”) is 62 years old. Actor John Henton (“The Hughleys”, “Living Single”) is 61 years old. Robin Roberts, co-host of “Good Morning America”, is 61 years old. Sister Hazel singer-guitarist Ken Block is 55 years old. Drummer Charlie Grover (Sponge) is 55 years old. Actor Salli Richardson-Whitfield (“Family Law”) is 54 years old. Actor Oded Fehr (OH’-ded fayr) (“The Mummy”) is 51 years old. Tha Dogg Pound rapper Kurupt is 49 years old. The actor Page Kennedy (“Desperate Housewives”) is 45 years old. Actor Kelly Brook (“Smallville”) is 42 years old. Actor Lucas Grabeel (GRAY’-beel) (“High School Musical”) is 37 years old. TV personality Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore”) is 34 years old. Singer-actress Miley Cyrus is 29 years old. Actor Austin Majors (“NYPD Blue”) is 26 years old. Actress Olivia Keville (KEV’-ihl) (“Separate”) is 19 years old.

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