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Monday, December 6, 2010

On This Day: December 6

On December 6, 1900, actress Agnes Moorehead was born, which would have made today her 110th birthday. Miss Moorehead died in 1974. She is most famous for playing Endora, Samantha's mother on the 1960's sitcom, "Bewitched", for which she was nominated for six Emmy Awards, but sadly never won. Moorehead had a long and illustrious movie career before beginning her long run of turning Darrin into chickens, goats and anything else one could name on a long list of farm animals. She was nominated four times for Oscars for Best Supporting Actress: "The Magnificent Ambersons" in 1943; "Mrs. Parkington" in 1945; "Johnny Belinda" in 1949; and "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" in 1965, but again, she never won. Moorehead was also the first woman to host The Academy Awards, (with Dick Powell), in 1948.
December 6 is also a pivotal day in the life of The Rolling Stones. On this day in 1965, the rock band recorded two of its hits, "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "Mother's Little Helper" at RCA's Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles.
Just four years later, Dec. 6, 1969 became one of the most infamous days in the entire career of the famous rock and roll band. On that day The Rolling Stones performed at a free concert at Altamont, California, hiring members of the Hell's Angels as security. At one point during the concert, a man in the audience, Meredith Wilson, was stabbed to death by one of the angels, who later claimed that Wilson was waving a revolver.

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