Today in Entertainment History
On Feb. 18, 1953, “Bwana Devil,” the movie that heralded the 3-D fad of the 1950s, opened in New York.
In 1968, David Gilmour replaced Syd Barrett as lead guitarist for Pink Floyd.
In 1969, Maurice (MOHR’-ihs) Gibb of the Bee Gees married singer Lulu in England. Three-thousand fans showed up.
In 1972, Neil Young got a gold record for his album, “Harvest,” which includes the number-one single, “Heart of Gold.”
In 1974, Kiss released its self-titled debut album. It only made it to 87 on Billboard’s album chart, but it stayed on the chart for 23 weeks.
In 1992, fans rushed the stage at a New Kids on the Block concert in Seoul, South Korea, crushing people at the front of the crowd. A 17-year-old girl died the next day of injuries suffered in the stampede. The singers were not injured.
Also in 1992, Vince Neil quit as lead singer for Motley Crue, after eleven years with the group. He said he wanted to spend more time on his race car driving. He has since returned to the band.
In 1995, Bob Stinson, a founding member of The Replacements, died in Minneapolis of complications from drug and alcohol abuse. He was 35.
Today’s Birthdays: Author Toni Morrison is 87. Movie director Milos (MEE’-lohsh) Forman is 86. Vocalist Yoko Ono is 85. Singer Herman Santiago of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers is 77. Singer Irma Thomas is 77. Actress Jess Walton (“The Young and the Restless”) is 72. Singer Dennis DeYoung (Styx) is 71. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 68. Singer Randy Crawford is 66. Drummer Robbie Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 65. Actor John Travolta is 64. Actor John Pankow (“Mad About You”) is 63. Game show hostess Vanna White (“Wheel of Fortune”) is 61. Actress Jayne Atkinson (“Criminal Minds”) is 59. Actress Greta Scacchi (SKAH’-kee) is 58. Actor Matt Dillon is 54. Rapper Dr. Dre is 53. Actress Molly Ringwald is 50. Guitarist-keyboardist Trevor Rosen of Old Dominion is 43. Actor Ike Barinholtz (“The Mindy Project”) is 41. Guitarist Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek is 41. Actor Tyrone Burton (“The Parent ‘Hood”) is 39. Musician Regina Spektor is 38. Bassist Zac Cockrell of Alabama Shakes is 30. Actress Sara Sutherland (“Veep”) is 30. Actress Maiara (may-AHR’-ah) Walsh (“Desperate Housewives”) is 30.