Today in Entertainment History

On July 27, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his debut when Warner Brothers released the animated short “A Wild Hare.”

In 1961, The Tokens recorded the song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” at a studio in New York.

In 1976, John Lennon was granted permanent U.S. residency following a lengthy battle with immigration officials.

Also in 1976, Bruce Springsteen filed a fraud and breach of trust lawsuit against his manager Mike Appel (ah-PEL’). Appel countersued.

Also in 1976, Tina Turner filed for divorce from Ike Turner.

In 1979, a firebomb was thrown through a window of an Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona, owned by Alice Cooper. Cooper said maybe a “disco-music freak” was to blame, because he had been making some “anti-disco remarks.”

In 1984, the movie “Purple Rain,” featuring Prince, opened in the U.S. and Canada.

In 1985, a concertgoer stabbed himself with a hunting knife during a Cure concert near Los Angeles. Fans did not know it was not part of the show. The man survived.

In 1995, Selena’s “Dreaming Of You” album made its debut at number one on the Billboard album chart, four months after she was shot to death.

In 2001, Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson was found dead in a hotel room outside Jacksonville, Florida. He was 49.

In 2003, comedian Bob Hope died of pneumonia in Toluca Lake, California. He was 100.

Today’s Birthdays: TV producer Norman Lear is 98. Actor John Pleshette (“Knots Landing”) is 78. Actress-director Betty Thomas (“Hill Street Blues”) is 73. Singer Maureen McGovern is 71. Actress Roxanne Hart (“The Good Girl,” ″Chicago Hope”) is 66. Guitarist Duncan Cameron (Sawyer Brown) is 64. Comedian Carol Leifer is 64. Comedian Bill Engvall (ENG’-vahl) is 63. Jazz singer Karrin (KAR’-in) Allyson is 58. Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell is 53. Singer Juliana Hatfield is 53. Actor Julian McMahon (“Profiler”) is 52. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (NIH’-koh-lye KAH’-stur WAHL’-dah) (“Game of Thrones”) is 50. Comedian Maya Rudolph is 48. Drummer Abe Cunningham of Deftones is 47. Singer Pete Yorn is 46. Actor Seamus Dever (“Castle”) is 44. Actor Jonathan Rhys (REES) Meyers (“The Tudors”) is 43. Comedian Heidi Gardner (“Saturday Night Live”) is 37. Actress Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”) is 36. Singer Cheyenne Kimball of Gloriana is 30. Actress Alyvia Alyn Lind (“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”) is 13.

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