Today in Entertainment History

On Aug. 5, 1957, “American Bandstand,” with host Dick Clark, debuted on ABC. The first act to appear was The Chordettes, who later had a hit with the song “Lollipop.”

In 1962, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Los Angeles home. Her death was ruled a “probable suicide” caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. She was 36.

In 1966, The Beatles released their “Revolver” album in Britain. It was released in the U.S. four days later.

In 1967, Pink Floyd’s first album, “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn,” was released in the U.K.


In 1975, Stevie Wonder announced he had re-signed with Motown Records for $13 million. The contract wasn’t actually signed until the following April.

In 1984, actor Richard Burton died at a hospital in Geneva, Switzerland. He was 58.

In 1990, Janet Jackson collapsed backstage during a concert in St. Louis after performing three songs.

In 1994, Bill Cosby was ordered to pay damages of 20 cents for assaulting a photographer, who had sued Cosby for $2 million.

In 2000, actor Alec Guinness died in southern England at the age of 86.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Loni Anderson is 74. Actress Erica Slezak (“One Life To Live”) is 73. Singer Rick Derringer is 72. Actress Holly Palance (“Under Fire,” “The Omen”) is 69. Singer Samantha Sang is 68. Guitarist Eddie Ojeda (oh-JAY’-dah) of Twisted Sister is 64. Actress Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”) is 63. Guitarist Pat Smear of Foo Fighters is 60. Actress Tawny Kitaen (kih-TAYN’) is 58. Country fiddler Mark O’Connor is 58. Actor Mark Strong (“The Imitation Game”) is 56. Director James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) is 53. Actor Jonathan Silverman (“The Single Guy”) is 53. Country singer Terri Clark is 51. Actress Stephanie Szostak (SHOH’-stak) (“A Million Little Things”) is 48. Cellist Eicca Toppinen (EYE’-kah TAH’-pihn-nehn) of Apocalyptica is 44. Drummer Will Sellers of Old Dominion is 41. Actor Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 39. Actor Albert Tsai (“Dr. Ken”) is 15. Actor Devin Trey Campbell (“Single Parents”) is 11.

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