Ben Hur Had Its Worldwide Premiere

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On Nov. 18, 1954, ABC radio and TV banned "Mambo Italiano" by Rosemary Clooney for what it called "offensive lyrics."

In 1959, "Ben Hur," starring Charlton Heston, had its world premiere in New York.

In 1959, actor-comedian Arthur Q. Bryan, who provided the voice of Warner Bros. cartoon character Elmer Fudd, died in Hollywood at age 60.

In 1970, Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Myra Gale Brown were divorced in Memphis. She had described their recent years together as a nightmare.

In 1972, Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant married Judy Seymour.

In 1987, the band U2 opened for itself as a country-rock group called the Dalton Brothers during a Los Angeles concert.

In 1992, Spike Lee's movie "Malcolm X," starring Denzel Washington, opened nationwide.

In 1994, the Rolling Stones broadcast a 20-minute segment of their show in Dallas, Texas, live over the Internet. They were the first major band to do that.

In 1997, police arrested singer Gary Glitter and questioned him about child pornography allegedly found on his computer. He later pleaded guilty to 54 charges of making indecent computer images of children.

In 1999, Doug Sahm of The Sir Douglas Quintet and of The Texas Tornados died of natural causes in Taos, New Mexico. He was 58.

In 2000, actor Michael Douglas married actress Catherine Zeta-Jones in New York.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 73. Actress Linda Evans is 70. Actress Susan Sullivan is 70. Country singer Jacky Ward is 66. Actor Jameson Parker is 65. Actress-singer Andrea Marcovicci is 64. Singer Graham Parker is 62. Comedian Kevin Nealon is 59. Actor Oscar Nunez ("The Office") is 54. Actress Elizabeth Perkins is 52. Singer Kim Wilde is 52. Actress Elizabeth Perkins is 52. Guitarist Kirk Hammett of Metallica is 50. Singer Tim DeLaughter of Polyphonic Spree (and Tripping Daisy) is 47. Actor Owen Wilson is 44. Singer Duncan Sheik is 43. Actor Mike Epps is 42. Actress Peta Wilson ("La Femme Nikita") is 42. Actress Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry") is 38. Rapper Fabolous is 35. Rapper Mike Jones is 32. Actor Nathan Kress ("iCarly") is 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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