On October 10, 1935, the first black opera, "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin, opened in New York.
In 1962, the BBC banned Bobby (Boris) Pickett's song "Monster Mash" because it deemed the record offensive.
In 1965, The Supremes made their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1978, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith were injured during a concert in Philadelphia when someone in the audience threw a cherry bomb onstage.
In 1979, the city of Los Angeles declared Fleetwood Mac Day as the group received its star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Also in 1979, "The Rose," starring Bette Midler, made its premiere in Los Angeles.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Peter Coyote is 71. Actor Charles Dance is 66. Singer John Prine is 66. Actor-dancer Ben Vereen is 66. Singer Cyril Neville of The Neville Brothers is 64. Actress Jessica Harper is 63. Singer-guitarist Midge Ure is 59. Singer David Lee Roth (Van Halen) is 58. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 54. Actress Julia Sweeney ("Saturday Night Live") is 53. Actor Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") is 53. Bassist Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet) is 51. Guitarist Jim Glennie of James is 49. Drummer Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls is 45. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Reno 911!") is 43. Actor Mario Lopez ("The Other Half," "Saved By The Bell") is 39. Actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe ("She's All That," "Nash Bridges") is 34. Singer Mya is 33. Actor Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey") is 30. Singer Cherie is 28. Actress Aimee Teegarden is 23.
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