Today in Entertainment History

On May 3, 1937, Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, “Gone With The Wind.”

In 1968, The Beach Boys began a U.S. tour that featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For the most part, audiences were turned off by the Maharishi’s lectures, so half of the tour dates were canceled.

In 1969, Jimi Hendrix was arrested at Toronto International Airport for possession of narcotics. He was released on $10,000 bail.

In 1971, Grand Funk Railroad agreed to meet with reporters, despite their previously rocky relationship with the press. The band’s manager invited 150 reporters, but only six showed up.

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In 1976, Paul McCartney performed his first U.S. concert in ten years when he opened his “Wings Over America” tour.

In 1978, the movie “FM” premiered in Los Angeles. More people bought the soundtrack than saw the movie.

In 1986, Dolly Parton opened Dollywood Amusement Park near Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

In 1988, Madonna debuted on Broadway in “Speed the Plow.” She received mixed reviews.

In 1991, the last episode of “Dallas” aired on CBS.

In 2002, the movie “Spider-Man” opened.

In 2003, “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc married Melissa McKnight in Hawaii after five years of engagement. They split after three years of marriage.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Alex Cord (“Airwolf”) is 87. Singer Frankie Valli is 86. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 74. Singer Mary Hopkin is 70. Singer Christopher Cross is 69. Drummer Cactus Moser (Highway 101) is 63. Keyboardist David Ball of Soft Cell is 61. Country singer Shane Minor is 52. Actress Amy Ryan (“Bridge of Spies,” ”The Office”) is 52. Actor Bobby Cannavale (ka-nuh-VAL’-ee) (“Boardwalk Empire,” ”Nurse Jackie”) is 50. Music producer-actor Damon Dash is 49. Bassist John Driskell Hopkins of Zac Brown Band is 49. Country singer Brad Martin is 47. Actress Marsha Stephanie-Blake (“When They See Us”) is 45. TV personality Willie Geist (“Today”) is 45. Actress Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) is 45. Actor Dule’ (doo-LAY’) Hill (“Psych,” ”The West Wing”) is 45. Country singer Eric Church is 43. Actress Tanya Wright (“Orange Is The New Black”) is 42. Dancer Cheryl Burke (“Dancing With The Stars”) is 36. Singer Michael Kiwanuka (kee-wah-NOO’-kah) is 33. Actress Zoe De Grand Maison (“Orphan Black”) is 25. Rapper Desiigner is 23.

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