In 1979, Dire Straits began its first tour of North America.
In 1983, the band Toto won six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “Toto IV” and record of the year for “Rosanna.” Men At Work won best new artist.
In 1988, Michael Jackson kicked off his first solo U.S. tour in Kansas City.
In 1993, actor Anthony Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.
In 1994, a judge in Los Angeles dismissed a suit brought by Martha Raye against Bette Midler. Raye had said Midler stole her life story for the movie “For the Boys.”
In 1995, singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53.
In 1996, actor Halle (HAL’-ee) Berry and Atlanta Braves outfielder David Justice announced they were ending their three-year marriage.
In 2003, Norah Jones won five Grammys, one for every category in which she was nominated, including best new artist, album of the year for “Come Away With Me” and record of the year for “Don’t Know Why.” The Grammys show opened with Simon and Garfunkel, the first time they had performed together in a decade.
Today’s Birthdays: Steel guitarist Rusty Young of Poco is 75. Actor Patricia Richardson (“Strong Medicine,” ″Home Improvement”) is 70. Guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith is 69. Singer Howard Jones is 66. Guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensryche is 59. Actor Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”) is 56. Actor Marc Price (“Family Ties”) is 53. TV personality Daymond John (“Shark Tank”) is 52. Actor Niecy Nash (“The Soul Man,” “Reno 911!”) is 51. Bassist Jeff Beres of Sister Hazel is 50. Guitarist-keyboardist Lasse (LOS) Johansson of The Cardigans is 48. Songwriter Robert Lopez (“Frozen”) is 46. Actor Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 45. Rapper Residente (res-ih-DEN’-tay) of Calle 13 is 43. Actor Josh Gad (“Frozen,” ″Jobs”) is 40. Actor Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) is 38. Actor Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) is 38. Actor Tye White (“Greenleaf”) is 35. Actor Dakota Fanning is 27.