Today in Entertainment History

On Oct. 9, 1940, John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England.

In 1973, Elvis and Priscilla Presley were divorced in Santa Monica, California. They had been married since 1967 and had one child, Lisa Marie.

In 1975, Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, was born in New York.

In 1980, John Lennon celebrated his 40th birthday by releasing the single ”(Just Like) Starting Over.”

In 1985, moviemaker Orson Welles died. He was 70.

Also in 1985, Yoko Ono dedicated “Strawberry Fields” in New York’s Central Park to the memory of John Lennon.

In 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of “Phantom of the Opera” opened in London. The $2.9 million show, based on a 1911 novel by Gaston Leroux, drew a six-minute standing ovation from the first night audience.

In 2011, Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell in London.

Today’s birthdays: R&B singer Nona Hendryx (LaBelle) is 77. Singer Jackson Browne is 73. Actor Gary Frank (“Family”) is 71. Actor Robert Wuhl (“Arli$$”) is 70. Manager-TV personality Sharon Osbourne is 69. Actor Tony Shalhoub (“Monk,” ″Wings”) is 68. Accordion player James Fearnley of The Pogues is 67. Actor Scott Bakula (BAK’-yoo-lah) is 67. Actor John O’Hurley (“Dancing With The Stars,” ″Seinfeld”) is 67. Actor-turned-producer Linwood Boomer (“Little House On The Prairie”) is 66. Actor Michael Pare (“Eddie and the Cruisers”) is 63. Jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett is 61. Singer-guitarist Kurt Neumann of The BoDeans is 60. Country singer Gary Bennett (BR549) is 57. Director Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water,” ″Pan’s Labyrinth”) is 57. Singer P.J. Harvey is 52. Director Steve McQueen (“12 Years A Slave”) is 52. Actor Steve Burns (“Blues Clues”) is 48. Singer Sean Lennon is 46. Musician Lecrae is 42. Actor Brandon Routh (ROWTH) (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” ″Superman Returns”) is 42. Actor Zachery Ty Bryan (“Home Improvement”) is 40. Actor Spencer Grammer (“Greek”) is 38. Comedian Melissa Villasenor (VEE’-yah-seen-YOR) (“Saturday Night Live”) is 34. Actor Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 29. Country singer Scotty McCreery (“American Idol”) is 28. Actor Jharrel (jah-REL’) Jerome (“When They See Us”) is 24.

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