Today in Entertainment History

On Aug. 16, 1956, actor Bela Lugosi died at the age of 73. He’s best known for playing Dracula in the movies.

In 1974, The Ramones played their first gig, in New York.

In 1975, Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel announced to the British press that he was leaving the band. He had made the decision months earlier but decided to wait until the band had completed its tour obligations.

In 1977, Elvis Presley was found dead at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. Doctors first said he died of congestive heart failure, but an investigation revealed drugs may have been a factor. He was 42.

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In 1983, singer Paul Simon and actress Carrie Fisher were married. They divorced in 1985.

In 1985, Madonna and actor Sean Penn were married in Malibu, California, as helicopters with photographers hovered overhead. It was Madonna’s 27th birthday. She filed for divorce in early 1989.

In 1986, MTV premiered the video for “Walk This Way” by Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith.

In 1989, actress Amanda Blake, best known as Miss Kitty on “Gunsmoke,” died of cancer in Sacramento, California. She was 60.

In 2005, Madonna was seriously injured while riding a horse at her estate in England. She broke her hand and collarbone and cracked three ribs.

In 2018, Aretha Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit. She was 76.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Gary Clarke (“Hondo,” ”The Virginian”) is 86. Actress Julie Newmar is 86. Actress-singer Ketty Lester (“Little House on the Prairie”) is 85. Actress Anita Gillette is 83. Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 80. Actor Bob Balaban (“A Mighty Wind,” ”Best In Show”) is 74. Actress Lesley Ann Warren is 73. Bassist Joey Spampinato (NRBQ) is 71. Actor Marshall Manesh (“How I Met Your Mother,” ”Will and Grace”) is 69. Actor Reginald VelJohnson (“Family Matters”) is 67. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 66. R-and-B singer J.T. Taylor is 66. Director James Cameron (“Titanic,” ”The Terminator”) is 65. Actor Jeff Perry (“Scandal,” ”Grey’s Anatomy”) is 64. Guitarist Tim Farriss of INXS (in-ex-ES’) is 62. Actress Laura Innes (“ER”) is 62. Actress Angela Bassett is 61. Singer Madonna is 61. Actor Timothy Hutton is 59. Actor Steve Carell (kuh-REHL’) is 57. Actor Andy Milder (“Weeds”) is 51. Actor Seth Peterson (“Burn Notice,” “Providence”) is 49. Country singer Emily Robison of The Dixie Chicks is 47. Actor George Stults (“Seventh Heaven”) is 44. Singer Vanessa Carlton is 39. Actor Cam Gigandet (zhih-GAHN’-day) (“Twilight”) is 37. Singer-guitarist Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes is 34. Actress Cristin Milioti (“How I Met Your Mother”) is 34. Actor Shawn Pyfrom (“Desperate Housewives”) is 33. Country singer Ashton Shepherd is 33. Singer Dan Smyers of Dan and Shay is 32. Rapper Young Thug is 28. Actor Cameron Monaghan (“Gotham”) is 26. Singer Greyson Chance is 22.

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