Today in Entertainment History

On May 18, 1963, The Beatles began their first tour of the UK as headliners.

In 1980, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes of The Buggles joined the rock band Yes. They replaced Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.

Also in 1980, singer Ian Curtis of the new wave band Joy Division was found dead, apparently having hanged himself. He was 23.

In 1990, actress Jill Ireland died at age 54 following a battle with cancer.


In 1998, the last episode of “Murphy Brown” aired on CBS.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bill Macy (“Maude”) is 96. Actress Priscilla Pointer (“Dallas,” ”Carrie,” ”Blue Velvet”) is 94. Actor Robert Morse is 87. Actor Dwayne Hickman (“The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”) is 84. Actress Candice Azzara (“In Her Shoes,” ”Caroline in the City,” ”Rhoda”) is 77. Bluegrass singer-guitarist Rodney Dillard of The Dillards is 76. Country singer Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys is 70. Keyboardist Rick Wakeman of Yes is 69. Singer Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) is 68. Country singer George Strait is 66. Actor Chow Yun-Fat (“Anna and the King,” ”The Replacement Killers”) is 63. Singer-guitarist Page Hamilton of Helmet is 58. Guitarist Barry Graul of MercyMe is 57. Singer Michael Tait of Newsboys and of dc Talk is 52. Singer-actress Martika (“Wiseguy”) is 49. Comedian Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” ”Saturday Night Live”) is 48. Rapper Special Ed is 44. Musician Jack Johnson is 43. Country singer David Nail is 39. Singer Darryl Allen of Mista is 38. Actor Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”) is 37.

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