On January 13th, 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles. He was 42.
In 1973, Eric Clapton made a comeback from drug addiction when he performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London. His backing band included Pete Townshend, Ron Wood and Steve Winwood.
In 1979, singer Donny Hathaway died in a fall from a hotel window in New York. He was 34. Hathaway was known for his duets with Roberta Flack.
In 1986, former members of the Sex Pistols sued former manager Malcolm McLaren. The suit was settled out of court.
In 2003, musician Pete Townshend was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography in London. Townshend was later cleared of the charges.
In 2009, Kara DioGuardi (dee-oh-GWAR'-dee) made her debut as the fourth judge on "American Idol."
In 2010, singer Teddy Pendergrass died of colon cancer in Philadelphia. He was 59.
Today's birthdays: Actress Frances Sternhagen is 83. Comedian Rip Taylor is 79. Actor Billy Gray ("Father Knows Best") is 75. Actor Richard Moll ("Night Court") is 70. Guitarist Trevor Rabin of Yes is 59. Drummer Fred White of Earth, Wind and Fire is 58. Actor Kevin Anderson ("Nothing Sacred") is 53. Singer Graham "Suggs" McPherson of Madness is 52. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 49. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 47. Actress Traci Bingham ("Baywatch") is 45. Actress Nicole Eggert ("Baywatch," "Charles in Charge") is 41. Actor Orlando Bloom is 36.