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Today in Entertainment History

November 10, 2017

On November 10, 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on network radio.

In 1958, singers Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls were injured in an auto accident while on tour together. Their chauffeur was killed.

In 1969, “Sesame Street” made its debut on PBS.

Also in 1969, the album “Led Zeppelin 2” was certified gold.

In 1976, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers began their first major tour, opening for Kiss.

In 1989, the first Career Achievement Awards were given out by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in Washington. LaVern Baker, Percy Sledge and Mary Wells were among the recipients.

In 1992, a judge found Axl Rose guilty of assault and property damage in connection with a riot at a 1991 Guns N’ Roses concert near St. Louis. Rose’s sentence was suspended and he was put on probation. Rose also was ordered to pay $10,000 each to five charities.

Today’s Birthdays: Film composer Ennio Morricone (EHN’-yoh mor-ee-KOH’-nee) is 89. Blues singer Bobby Rush is 83. Actor Albert Hall (“Ally McBeal,” ″Beloved”) is 80. Country singer Donna Fargo is 76. Lyricist Tim Rice is 73. Actress-dancer Ann Reinking is 68. Actor Jack Scalia is 67. Actor-comedian Sinbad is 61. Actress Mackenzie Phillips (“One Day At A Time”) is 58. Actor Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) is 54. Comedian Tommy Davidson (“In Living Color”) is 54. Actor Michael Jai (JY) White is 53. Country singer Chris Cagle is 49. Comedian Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”) is 49. Actress Ellen Pompeo (pohm-PAY’-oh) (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 48. Actor Orny Adams (“Teen Wolf”) is 47. Rapper Warren G is 47. Contemporary Christian singer Matt Maher is 43. Singer-guitarist Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World is 42. Rapper Eve is 39. Bassist Chris Joannou (joh-AN’-yoo) of Silverchair is 38. Actress Heather Matarazzo is 35. Country singer Miranda Lambert is 34. Actor Josh Peck (“Drake and Josh”) is 31. Singer Vinz Dery of Nico and Vinz is 27. Actress Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) is 18. Actress Mackenzie Foy (“Twilight”) is 17.

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