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On Sept. 7, 1936, Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas.

In 1967, the situation comedy “The Flying Nun” debuted on ABC. Sally Field starred as a novice nun who discovers she can fly.

In 1978, Who drummer Keith Moon died in London of an overdose of a drug he was prescribed to combat alcoholism. He was 32.

In 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) made its cable TV debut.

In 1984, singer Janet Jackson married singer James DeBarge of the group DeBarge. The marriage was annulled after less than a year.

In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur (TOO’-pak shah-KOOR’) and record company executive Suge (SHUG) Knight were shot while driving in Las Vegas. Shakur died six days later.

In 1998, the movie “There’s Something About Mary” hit number one at the box office, eight weeks after its release.

In 2003, musician Warren Zevon died in his sleep at his home near Los Angeles, a year after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He was 56. His final album, “The Wind,” had been released just two weeks earlier.

Today’s Birthdays: Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins is 93. Singer Gloria Gaynor is 80. Singer Alfa Anderson of Chic (SHEEK) is 77. Actor Susan Blakely (“The Towering Inferno,” ″The Concorde: Airport ’79″) is 75. Drummer Dennis Thompson of MC5 is 75. Actor Julie Kavner (“The Simpsons”) is 73. Singer Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders is 72. Keyboardist Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is 70. Actor Corbin Bernsen is 69. Actor Michael Emerson (“Lost”) is 69. Pianist Michael Feinstein is 67. Songwriter Diane Warren is 67. Singer Margot Chapman (Starland Vocal Band) is 66. Actor W. Earl Brown (“Deadwood”) is 60. Comedian Leslie Jones (“Supermarket Sweep,” ″Saturday Night Live”) is 56. Model Angie Everhart is 54. Actor Diane Farr (“Numb3rs,” “Rescue Me”) is 54. Actor Monique Gabriela Curnen (“The Dark Knight”) is 53. Actor Tom Everett Scott (“Southland,” ″That Thing You Do!”) is 53. Drummer Chad Sexton of 311 (three-eleven) is 53. Actor Shannon Elizabeth (“American Pie”) is 50. Actor Oliver Hudson (“Nashville”) is 47. Actor Devon Sawa (SAH’-wuh) (“Slackers,” ″Final Destination”) is 45. Actor Benjamin Hollingsworth (“Code Black”) is 39. Actor Alyssa Diaz (“The Rookie”) is 38. Contemporary Christian musician Wes Willis of Rush of Fools is 37. Actor Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld,” ″Thirteen”) is 36. Actor Jonathan Majors (“Lovecraft Country”) is 34. Actor Ian Chen (“Fresh Off The Boat”) is 17.

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