Thursday Morning Entertainment History

On August 23rd, 1960, Oscar Hammerstein the Second died in Pennsylvania. He's best known for his collaborations with composer Richard Rogers on the musicals "Oklahoma," "Carousel," "South Pacific," and "The King and I."

In 1962, John Lennon and Cynthia Powell got married in Liverpool, England. She filed for divorce in 1968.

In 1970, Emerson, Lake and Palmer made their concert debut in Portsmouth, England.

In 1975, former Free guitarist Paul Kossoff's heart stopped beating for 35 minutes in a London hospital as a result of a blood clot. Kossoff survived that episode but died in his sleep the following March.

In 1990, Billy Idol began a tour in Montreal. Six months earlier, he had nearly lost his leg in a motorcycle accident.

Also in 1990, mourners lined up for a block in Philadelphia for a funeral for entertainer Pearl Bailey.

In 1994, Boyz II Men released their album "II."

In 1995, actor Larry Hagman had surgery to replace his liver. He had had advanced cirrhosis, which he blamed on years of heavy drinking.

In 2000, 51 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of "Survivor," during which Richard Hatch was named the million-dollar winner.

In 2007, Nicole Richie spent 82 minutes in jail for driving under the influence of drugs in Los Angeles. She had been sentenced to four days.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Vera Miles is 82. Satirist Mark Russell is 80. Actress Barbara Eden is 78. Actor Richard Sanders ("WKRP In Cincinnati") is 72. Country singer Rex Allen Junior is 65. Singer Linda Thompson is 65. Country fiddler-singer Woody Paul of Riders in the Sky is 63. Actress Shelley Long is 63. Singer-actor Rick Springfield is 63. Actor-producer Mark Hudson is 61. Guitarist Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots is 51. Actor Jay Mohr is 42. Singer Julian Casablancas of The Strokes is 34. Actress Joanna Froggatt ("Downton Abbey") is 32. Musician Sky Blu of LMFAO is 26. Actress Kimberly Matula is 24.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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