Today in Entertainment History
On June 22, 1968, the Jeff Beck group made its debut. Singer Rod Stewart was so shy he hid behind speakers for the first few songs.
In 1969, actress Judy Garland died of a drug overdose. She was 47.
In 1981, Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to killing John Lennon outside Lennon’s New York apartment building.
In 1987, dancer Fred Astaire died at the age of 88.
In 1990, Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.
In 2000, comedian Dennis Miller was added as an announcer on “Monday Night Football.”
In 2001, Doobie Brothers drummer Mike Hossack was in a serious motorcycle accident near Sacramento.
In 2003, actor Adam Sandler married longtime girlfriend Jackie Titone.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson is 82. Actor Michael Lerner is 77. Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer is 75. Journalist Brit Hume is 75. Singer Peter Asher of Peter and Gordon is 74. Singer Howard “Eddie” Kaylan of The Turtles is 71. Actor David L. Lander (“Laverne and Shirley”) is 71. Singer Todd Rundgren is 70. Singer Alan Osmond of The Osmonds is 69. Actress Meryl Streep is 69. Actress Lindsay Wagner is 69. Actress Murphy Cross is 68. Actor Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves”) is 66. Singer Cyndi Lauper is 65. Actor Chris Lemmon is 64. Bassist Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) is 62. Bassist Garry Beers of INXS (in-ex-ES’) is 61. Bassist Alan Anton of Cowboy Junkies is 59. Actress Tracy Pollan (“Family Ties”) is 58. Singer Mike Edwards of Jesus Jones is 54. Actress Amy Brenneman is 54. Singer Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) is 48. Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub (RYS’-kub) (“24”) is 47. TV personality Carson Daly is 45. Guitarist Chris Traynor (Helmet) is 45. Actor Donald Faison (“Scrubs”) is 44. Actress Lecy Goranson (“Roseanne”) is 44. Comedian Mike O’Brien (“Saturday Night Live”) is 42. TV personality Jai (JAY) Rodriguez (“Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”) is 39. Actress Lindsay Ridgeway (“Boy Meets World”) is 33. Singer Dina Hansen of Fifth Harmony (“The X Factor”) is 21.