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December 13, 2013 08:11 GMT
On December 13th, 1928, George Gershwin's "An American in Paris" premiered in New York.
In 1974, former Beatle George Harrison visited the White House at the invitation of Jack Ford, the president's son. Harrison was the first rock musician to be invited to the White House.
In 1985, singer Phil Collins made his TV acting debut in the U.S. with an episode of "Miami Vice."
In 1988, singer Bruce Springsteen and model-actress Julianne Phillips divorced.
In 1992, an estimated 150,000 people showed up for a free Scorpions concert in Frankfurt, Germany. The concert was aimed at protesting violence by radical rightists.
Today's birthdays: Actor Dick Van Dyke is 88. Actor Christopher Plummer is 84. Country singer Buck White of The Whites is 83. Actor-singer John Davidson is 72. Actress Kathy Garver ("Family Affair") is 68. Singer Ted Nugent is 65. Guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) is 65. Guitarist Ron Getman of The Tractors is 65. Country singer-guitarist Randy Owen of Alabama is 64. Actress Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") is 63. Country singer John Anderson is 59. Singer Morris Day of The Time is 57. Actor Steve Buscemi (boo-SEHM'-ee) is 56. Actor Johnny Whitaker ("Family Affair") is 54. Bassist John Munson of Semisonic is 51. Reality TV star NeNe Leakes ("The Real Housewives of Atlanta") is 47. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 46. Singer-guitarist Tom Delonge of Angels and Airwaves and of Blink-182 is 38. Actor James Kyson Lee ("Heroes") is 38. Actress Chelsea Hertford ("Major Dad") is 32. Singer Amy Lee of Evanescence is 32. Actor Michael Socha ("Once Upon A Time In Wonderland") is 26. Country singer Taylor Swift is 24. Actress Maisy Stella ("Nashville") is 10.
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