Thursday Morning Entertainment History

On Sept. 13, 1965, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band played their first gig, in Toronto.

In 1974, Stevie Wonder began his first U.S. tour since a near-fatal car accident, performing on Long Island, New York.

In 1977, conductor Leopold Stokowski died in Hampshire, England, at age 95.

In 1982, RCA Records announced that David Bowie had left for the South Seas to begin filming "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence."

In 1985, Sting began his first solo tour in San Diego to promote his album "Dream of the Blue Turtles."

In 1993, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" made its premiere on NBC. David Letterman had moved his show to CBS.

In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur died in Las Vegas of gunshot wounds suffered six days earlier.

In 1998, Scary Spice Melanie Brown married dancer David Gulzar in Little Marlow, England. They have since split up.

In 2009, Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. Swift looked stunned when West said Beyonce had made one of the best videos ever. West later apologized and disappeared from the public eye for several months.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Barbara Bain (TV's "Mission: Impossible") is 81. Actress Eileen Fulton ("As The World Turns") is 79. Actor Richard Kiel is 73. Singer David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears is 71. Singer Peter Cetera (Chicago) is 68. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 68. Actress Christine Estabrook ("Desperate Housewives") is 62. Actress Jean Smart ("Samantha Who?," "Designing Women") is 61. Singer Randy Jones of the Village People is 60. Record producer-musician Don Was (Was (Not Was)) is 60. Actress Geri Jewell ("The Facts of Life," "Deadwood") is 56. Country singer Bobbie Cryner is 51. Singer-guitarist Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is 51. Radio and TV personality Tavis Smiley is 48. Actor Louis Mandylor ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") is 46. Drummer Steve Perkins of Porno for Pyros and Jane's Addiction is 45. Actress Louise Lombard ("CSI") is 42. Country guitarist Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts is 37. Singer Fiona Apple is 35. Guitarist Hector Cervantes of Casting Crowns is 32. Actor Ben Savage ("Boy Meets World") is 32. Singer Niall Horan of One Direction is 19. Actor Mitch Holleman ("Reba") is 17.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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