After more than 15 years at the helm Late Night, Conan O’Brien hosted his final installment before succeeding Jay Leno as host of its legendary lead-in, The Tonight Show. Guests for O’Brien’s goodbye to 12:35 a.m. included Will Ferrell, Abe Vigoda, longtime sidekick Andy Richter, and The White Stripes in one of their final national performances. The Late Night franchise would pass to another Saturday Night Live veteran, Jimmy Fallon, while O’Brien’s tenure at 11:30 p.m. proved to be more tumultuous—and shorter-lived—than his time on the show that made him a star. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Charlie Adler, voice actor (57); Lauren Ambrose, rebellious daughter (35); Amanda Blake, Old West madam (d. 1989); Cindy Crawford, model (47); Sandy Duncan, family woman (67); Marj Dusay, character actress (77); Ron Eldard, paramedic (48); Gale Gordon, bank president (d. 1995); Anthony Stewart Head, Watcher (59); David Herman, voice actor (46); Joel Hodgson, Gizmonic janitor (53); Larry Hovis, POW (d. 2003); Andrew Shue, Melrose Placer (46); French Stewart, alien (49).