Today in Entertainment History

On April 7, 1927, an audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.

In 1949, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” opened on Broadway. It ran for more than 1,900 performances.

In 1962, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met future Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones at a London blues club.

In 1970, “Midnight Cowboy” was named best picture at the Academy Awards. It’s the only X-rated film to win that award. The rating was changed to R for its re-release a year later.

In 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple. He went on to form Rainbow.

In 1995, models Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell opened the Fashion Cafe in New York. It has since closed.

In 1997, singer Liam Gallagher of Oasis married actress Patsy Kensit in a secret civil ceremony in London.

In 1998, singer George Michael was arrested for committing a lewd act in a park restroom in Beverly Hills, California.

Also in 1998, drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue pleaded no contest to felony spousal abuse. He was accused of kicking his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, while she held their son. Lee was sentenced to six months in jail.

In 2003, actor Russell Crowe married Danielle Spencer in Australia.

In 2020, musician John Prine died of COVID-19 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73.

Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Bobby Bare is 86. Singer Charlie Thomas of The Drifters is 84. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola (KOHP’-uh-lah) is 83. Actor Roberta Shore (“The Virginian”) is 78. Singer Patricia Bennett of The Chiffons is 74. Singer-guitarist John Oates of Hall and Oates is 73. Drummer John Dittrich of Restless Heart is 70. Singer Janis Ian is 70. Actor Jackie Chan is 67. Actor Russell Crowe is 57. Singer Mark Kibble of Take 6 is 57. Actor Bill Bellamy (“Last Comic Standing,” ″Fastlane”) is 56. Drummer Charlie Hall of The War On Drugs is 47. Singer-bassist John Cooper of Skillet is 46. Actress Heather Burns (“Miss Congeniality”) is 46. Actor Kevin Alejandro (al-eh-HAN’-droh) (“Lucifer,” ″Southland”) is 45. Actress Sian (SHAWN) Clifford (“Fleabag”) is 39. Bassist Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons is 36. Contemporary Christian singer Tauren Wells is 35. Actor Ed Speleers (“Downton Abbey”) is 33. Actor Conner Rayburn (“According to Jim”) is 22.

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