In 1977, Alice Cooper’s pet boa constrictor was bitten by a rat it was trying to eat for breakfast. The snake died. Cooper held a public audition a week later to find a replacement for the snake, which was featured in his act.
In 1979, bluesman Muddy Waters, age 64, married Marva Jean Brooks on her 25th birthday.
In 1982, actor Sophia Loren was released from a 17-day prison sentence for tax evasion in Italy.
In 1983, U2 performed a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. The concert was recorded and released as an EP and a video, both called “Under A Blood Red Sky.” Footage was also used in the “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” video.
In 1988, “The Phantom of the Opera” won seven Tony Awards, including best musical. “M. Butterfly” won best play.
In 1993, country star Conway Twitty died of a ruptured blood vessel in his stomach after completing a show in Branson, Missouri. He was 59.
Also in 1993, singer Vicki Carr married Dr. Pedro de Leon in what was supposed to be a private ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. She was mobbed by fans as she tried to enter the cathedral where the wedding was held.
In 1995, guitarist Kelley Deal of The Breeders pleaded guilty to drug possession charges. She was sentenced to treatment in a rehabilitation center.
In 1996, an arrest warrant was issued for Rob Pilatus (pih-LAY’-tus) of Milli Vanilli after he disappeared from a drug treatment facility in Los Angeles. He turned up at another treatment center six days later.
In 1999, singer Mel Torme (tor-MAY’) died of complications from a minor stroke in Los Angeles. He was 73.
In 2002, singer R. Kelly was arrested in central Florida on 21 counts of child pornography, stemming from a video allegedly of Kelly having sex with an underage girl. He was later acquitted.
Also in 2002, guitarist Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones was found dead at his home in Los Angeles. He was 50.
In 2004, singer-actor Jennifer Lopez married singer Marc Anthony at her home in Beverly Hills, California. They divorced in 2014.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor-singer Bill Hayes (“Days of Our Lives,” “Your Show of Shows”) is 96. News correspondent Bill Moyers is 87. Country singer Don Reid of the Statler Brothers is 76. Guitarist Fred Stone of Sly and the Family Stone is 74. Singer-performance artist Laurie Anderson is 74. Country singer Gail Davies is 73. Financial expert Suze Orman (“The Suze Orman Show”) is 70. Drummer Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden is 69. Jazz drummer Peter Erskine (Steps Ahead, Weather Report) is 67. Saxophonist Kenny G is 65. Singer Richard Butler of Psychedelic Furs is 65. Actor Beth Hall (“Mom,” ″Mad Men”) is 63. Actor Jeff Garlin (“The Goldbergs,” ″Curb Your Enthusiasm”) is 59. Actor Ron Livingston (“Sex and the City,” ″The Practice”) is 54. Singer Brian McKnight is 52. Musician Claus Norreen (Aqua) is 51. Actor-singer Mark Wahlberg is 50. Actor Chad Allen (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) is 47. Bassist P-Nut of 311 (three-eleven) is 47. Actor Navi Rawat (ROH’-waht) (“Numb3rs”) is 44. Actor Liza Weil (“How To Get Away With Murder,” ″Gilmore Girls”) is 44. Bassist Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy is 42. Guitarist Seb Lefebvre (leh-FEV’-reh) of Simple Plan is 40. Actor Chelsey Crisp (“Fresh Off The Boat”) is 38. Actor Amanda Crew (“Silicon Valley”) is 35. Musician Harrison Mills of Odesza is 32. Musician DJ Mustard is 31. Actor Sophie Lowe (“Once Upon A Time In Wonderland”) is 31. Actor Hank Greenspan (“The Neighborhood”) is 11.