On This Day December 26
1921 – Entertainer Steve Allen, the first host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” is born in New York. He enjoys more than five decades as a prolific comedian, composer, actor, author and TV host until his death on October 30, 2000, at the age of 78.
1999 – Soul, R&B and funk singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield, best known for his acclaimed 1972 “Super Fly” soundtrack,” dies at the age of 57. Mayfield was a member of The Impressions before embarking on a solo career.
1966 – Kwanzaa is observed for the first time. The seven-day holiday with strong African roots was designed by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach, as a celebration of African American family, community and culture.
1973 – “The Exorcist” opens in movie theaters across the U.S., terrifying audiences and establishing a new standard for the horror genre. Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel of the same name, the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning movie is about a girl, played by Linda Blair, that is possessed by an evil spirit.
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Starring Linda Blair, Max von Sydow and Ellen Burstyn, and directed by William Friedkin