Thursday Morning Entertainment History

On October 4, 1931, the comic strip "Dick Tracy," created by Chester Gould, made its debut.

In 1957, "Leave It To Beaver" made its debut on CBS. After a year, the show switched to ABC and ran until 1963.

In 1961, Bob Dylan made his concert hall debut in New York. About 50 people attended, mostly his friends, and he earned $20.

In 1970, singer Janis Joplin was found dead of a heroin overdose at a hotel in Hollywood. She was 27. She had just finished recording the album "Pearl."

In 1980, singer Carly Simon collapsed due to exhaustion on stage in Pittsburgh. She ended up canceling her tour.

In 1989, comedian Graham Chapman of Monty Python's Flying Circus died. He was 48.

In 1990, "Beverly Hills 90210" premiered on Fox.

In 1992, singer Sinead O'Connor ripped up a picture of the pope during an after-midnight appearance on "Saturday Night Live." NBC's switchboard in New York was flooded with calls, most of them criticizing O'Connor's actions.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 83. Actor Eddie Applegate ("The Patty Duke Show") is 77. Author Jackie Collins is 75. Author Anne Rice is 71. Actress Lori Saunders ("Petticoat Junction") is 71. Actor Clifton Davis ("Amen") is 67. Actress Susan Sarandon is 66. Actor Armand Assante is 63. Actor Alan Rosenberg is 62. Actor Bill Fagerbakke ("Coach," "Spongebob Squarepants") is 55. Rap producer Russell Simmons is 55. Keyboardist Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys is 53. Keyboardist Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard of Sawyer Brown is 52. Singer Jon Secada is 51. Actor Liev Schreiber ("The Manchurian Candidate," "Scream 2") is 45. Actor Abraham Benrubi ("Men In Trees," "ER") is 43. Country singer-guitarist Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) is 42. Actress Alicia Silverstone is 36. Singer-guitarist Marc Roberge of O.A.R. is 34. Actress Rachel Leigh Cook ("Josie and the Pussycats," "She's All That") is 33. Singer Jessica Benson of 3LW is 25. Actor Michael Charles Roman is 25.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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