Monday Morning Entertainment History

On Sept. 10, 1955, "Gunsmoke" premiered on CBS. "Gunsmoke" began on radio in 1952. The program ran for nearly 20 years on TV.

In 1964, Rod Stewart recorded his first single, a version of Willie Dixon's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl."

In 1965, "The Jack Paar Show" had its final broadcast. The studio audience consisted of one: Paar's dog.

In 1974, the original New York Dolls split up. They have since reunited.

In 1990, Jessica Tandy and her husband Hume Cronyn received National Medals of the Arts at the White House, along with B.B. King and Beverly Sills.

In 1993, "The X-Files" made its debut on Fox.

In 1996, Sheryl Crow's self-titled album was banned in Wal-Mart because of the song "Love Is A Good Thing," which mentions children killing each other "with a gun they bought at the Wal-Mart discount stores."

In 1998, some Hindu groups criticized Madonna's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. She wore a see-through shirt and a Hindu facial marking while performing "Ray of Light."

In 2000, "Cats" was performed for the last time on Broadway, after an 18-year run.

In 2002, the Russian space agency informed NASA it was not taking Lance Bass of 'N Sync on a mission to the international space station. Bass had failed to come up with the $20 million fee, payable in advance.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Tommy Overstreet is 75. Actor Greg Mullavey ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") is 73. Jazz vibrophonist Roy Ayers is 72. Singer Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night is 70. Singer Jose Feliciano is 67. Actor Tom Ligon ("Oz," "Another World") is 67. Actress Judy Geeson ("Mad About You") is 64. Guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith is 62. Actress Amy Irving is 59. Director Chris Columbus is 54. Actor Colin Firth is 52. Singer-guitarist David Lowery of Cracker is 52. Drummer Robin Goodridge of Bush is 47. Guitarist Stevie D. of Buckcherry is 46. Singer-guitarist Miles Zuniga of Fastball is 46. Rapper Big Daddy Kane is 44. Director Guy Ritchie is 44. Actor Ryan Phillippe is 38. Bassist Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) is 32. Guitarist Matthew Followill of Kings of Leon is 28. Singer Sanjaya Malakar ("American Idol") is 23. Actress Hannah Hodson is 21.

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