Today in Entertainment History

On Aug. 9, 1963, the British TV show “Ready Steady Go” premiered. Most of Britain’s most popular bands appeared on the show.

Also in 1963, singer Whitney Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1967, concert officials at the Sunbury Jazz and Blues Festival in England ask Jerry Lee Lewis to leave the stage because they thought the crowd had gotten too wild during Lewis’ performance.

In 1969, actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found brutally murdered in Tate’s Los Angeles home. Cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his young disciples were later convicted of the crime.


In 1978, bluesman Muddy Waters performed for President Jimmy Carter at a White House picnic.

In 1991, singer Rick James pleaded not guilty to charges he imprisoned, tortured and sexually assaulted a woman in his California home.

In 1995, Grateful Dead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack while undergoing drug rehabilitation. He was 53.

In 1999, guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs quit Oasis. Barely two weeks later, bassist Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan quit.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Cynthia Harris (“Mad About You,” “L.A. Law”) is 85. Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette is 77. Comedian David Steinberg is 77. Actor Sam Elliott is 75. Singer Barbara Mason is 72. Actress Melanie Griffith is 62. Actress Amanda Bearse (“Married…With Children”) is 61. Rapper Kurtis Blow is 60. “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb (HOH’-duh KAHT’-bee) is 55. Actor Pat Petersen (“Knots Landing”) is 53. Actress Gillian (JIL’-ee-an) Anderson (“The X-Files”) is 51. Actor Eric Bana (“Star Trek,” ”The Hulk”) is 51. News correspondent Chris Cuomo is 49. Actor Thomas Lennon (new “The Odd Couple,” ”Reno 911!”) is 49. Bassist Arion Salazar (Third Eye Blind) is 49. Rapper Mack 10 is 48. Singer Juanes (WAH’-nes) is 47. Actress Liz Vassey (“CSI,” ”All My Children”) is 47. Actor Kevin McKidd (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 46. Actress Rhona Mitra (ROH’-nah MEE’-trah) (“Nip/Tuck,” “Boston Legal”) is 44. Actress Jessica Capshaw (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Practice”) is 43. Actress Ashley Johnson (“The Help”) is 36. Actress Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect,” ”Twilight”) is 34.

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