In 1980, singer-songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose in Los Angeles at the age of 40. He’s best known for composing the song “If I Were A Carpenter.”
In 1989, Jane Pauley marked her last day as co-host of the “Today” show after 13 years. Her successor was Deborah Norville.
In 1992, actor Todd Bridges was arrested in Burbank, California. Police say they found speed and a loaded gun in his car, but Bridges claimed he had been framed. At the time, Bridges had been doing public service announcements telling kids to stay away from drugs.
In 2006, burlesque artist Dita Von Teese filed for divorce from singer Marilyn Manson, citing irreconcilable differences. They had been married barely a year.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Inga Swenson (“Benson”) is 90. Actor Jon Voight is 84. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 76. Actor Ted Danson is 75. Singer-actor Yvonne Elliman is 71. Actor Patricia Clarkson is 63. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 63. Guitarist-singer Jim Reid of The Jesus And Mary Chain is 61. Actor Michael Cudlitz (KUD’-litz) (“The Walking Dead”) is 58. Singer Dexter Holland of The Offspring is 57. Actor Jason Gould (GOOLD) is 56. News anchor Ashleigh Banfield is 55. Director Lilly Wachowski (wah-CHOW’-skee) (“The Matrix”) is 55. Singer-guitarist Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 52. Actor Kevin Weisman (“Alias”) is 52. Actor Jude Law is 50. Actor Maria Dizzia (DIZ’-ee-ah) (“Orange Is The New Black”) is 48. Actor Mekhi Phifer (mih-KY’ FY’-fuhr) is 48. Actor Shawn Hatosy (HAT’-oh-see) (“Reckless,” ″The Faculty”) is 47. Actor Katherine Moennig (MEN’-ig) (“Ray Donovan,” “The L Word”) is 46. Actor Alison Brie (“Glow,” ″Community”) is 40. Country singer Jessica Andrews is 39. Actor Iain de Caestecker (KAST’-ker) (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) is 35. Actor Jane Levy (LEE’-vee) (“Suburgatory”) is 33. Drummer Danny Wagner of Greta Van Fleet is 24.