Tuesday Morning Entertainment History

On Oct. 23, 1941, the Disney film "Dumbo" was released.

In 1950, actor-singer Al Jolson died in San Francisco at the age of 64. He's probably best known for starring in "The Jazz Singer," the first talking film.

In 1962, a 12-year-old named Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records. It was called "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way."

In 1978, Maybelle Carter, the matriarch of the musical Carter family, died. Maybelle was the mother of June Carter, who became Mrs. Johnny Cash. Maybelle Carter was 69.

In 1984, musician Bob Geldof watched a documentary on the BBC about Ethiopia's famine. He was so moved he called his friend, Midge Ure, and together they wrote the charity song "Do They Know It's Christmas."

In 1991, Rodney Crowell issued a statement that he and Rosanne Cash were getting divorced. They had married in 1979.

In 1992, country singer George Strait made his movie debut in "Pure Country," in which he starred as a country western singer.

In 1995, a Houston jury found Yolanda Saldivar guilty of murdering Tejano singing star Selena. She was sentenced to spend at least 30 years in prison.

In 2004, Ashlee Simpson walked off stage after the wrong vocal track was played during her performance on "Saturday Night Live," which revealed she was lip-synching.

In 2010, singer Katy Perry married comedian Russell Brand at a tiger sanctuary in India.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Philip Kaufman is 76. Singer Barbara Ann Hawkins of The Dixie Cups is 69. Director Ang Lee is 58. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 56. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 56. Singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is 53. Bassist Robert Trujillo of Metallica is 48. Singer David Thomas of Take 6 is 46. Drummer Brian Nevin of Big Head Todd and The Monsters is 46. Bassist Eric Bass of Shinedown is 38. "So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley is 36. Actor Ryan Reynolds ("Van Wilder," "Two Guys and a Girl") is 36. Singer Matthew Shultz of Cage The Elephant is 29. Actress Masiela Lusha ("George Lopez") is 27. Actress Briana Evigan is 26. Actress Jessica Stroup ("90210") is 26.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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