Wednesday Morning Entertainment History

On Sept. 12, 1959, "Bonanza" made its TV debut on NBC.

In 1966, "The Monkees" made its debut on NBC.

In 1970, "Josie and the Pussycats" debuted on CBS.

In 1978, "Taxi" made its debut on ABC.

In 1987, Michael Jackson began a tour in Tokyo in support of the album "Bad."

In 1996, Oasis abruptly canceled its U.S. tour two-thirds of the way into it. The band said it was due to "internal differences."

In 1999, singer Graham Nash was injured in a freak boating accident in Hawaii. He broke both his legs.

In 2003, country singer Johnny Cash died of complications from diabetes at a hospital in Nashville. He was 71.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Dickie Moore ("Our Gang" films) is 87. Actor Ian Holm ("Lord of the Rings," "Chariots of Fire") is 81. Country singer George Jones is 81. Actress Linda Gray is 72. Singer Maria Muldaur is 70. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 61. Singer-guitarist Gerry Beckley of America is 60. Drummer Neil Peart of Rush is 60. Actor Peter Scolari is 57. Actress Rachel Ward is 55. Actress Amy Yasbeck ("Wings," "Life on a Stick") is 50. Bassist Norwood Fisher of Fishbone is 47. Actor Darren E. Burrows ("Northern Exposure") is 46. Singer Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 46. Comedian Louis C.K. is 45. Guitarist Larry LaLonde of Primus is 44. Actor Paul Walker ("The Fast and the Furious") is 39. Country singer Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is 38. Actor Ben McKenzie ("The O.C.") is 34. Singer Ruben Studdard is 34. Singer-actress Jennifer Hudson is 31. Actress Emmy Rossum ("Phantom of the Opera") is 26.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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