Today in Entertainment History
On March 7, 1946, “The Lost Weekend” was named best picture at the Academy Awards. Ray Milland won the best actor award for his role in that movie. Joan Crawford was named best actress for her role in “Mildred Pierce.”
In 1956, “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins entered the R-and-B chart, the first time a country artist had done that.
In 1963, Jack Anglin of the country duo Johnny and Jack died in a car accident while on his way to a memorial service for singer Patsy Cline. Cline had been killed in a plane crash a few days earlier.
In 1969, “Pinball Wizard” by The Who, which was the first single from the album “Tommy,” was released in Britain.
In 1983, the country music channel The Nashville Network went on the air.
In 1987, “Licensed to Ill” by The Beastie Boys became the first rap album to hit number one.
In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled 2 Live Crew’s parody of Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” was legal.
In 1996, 20th Century Fox sued an Australian brewery for distributing Duff Beer, the brand favored by cartoon character Homer Simpson.
In 1999, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick died of natural causes at his home outside London at the age of 70.
In 2001, Pearl Jam set a record for the most simultaneous chart debuts from a single band in a single week on the Billboard album chart. They had seven of their American bootleg albums debut on the chart. The previous record holder: Pearl Jam, when five of their European bootlegs hit the album chart their first week out.
In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first female to win the best director Oscar, for “The Hurt Locker.”
Today’s Birthdays: TV personality Willard Scott (“Today”) is 85. Actor Daniel J. Travanti (“Hill Street Blues”) is 79. Bassist Chris White of The Zombies is 76. Singer Peter Wolf of The J. Geils Band is 73. Keyboardist Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum is 73. Guitarist Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers is 67. Actor Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) is 63. Actress Donna Murphy (“Mercy Street,” ″Murder One”) is 60. Actress Mary Beth Evans (“Days of Our Lives”) is 58. Singer Taylor Dayne is 57. Actor Bill Brochtrup (“Major Crimes,” ″NYPD Blue”) is 56. Opera singer Denyce Graves is 55. Comedian Wanda Sykes is 55. Actor Jonathan Del Arco (“Major Crimes”) is 53. Drummer Randy Guss of Toad The Wet Sprocket is 52. Actress Rachel Weisz (WYS) is 49. Actor Peter Sarsgaard (“Kinsey,” ″Garden State”) is 48. Actor Jay Duplass (“The Mindy Project”) is 46. Singer Sebastien Izambard (IH’-zam-bard) of Il Divo is 46. Singer Hugo Ferreira of Tantric is 45. Actress Jenna Fischer (“The Office”) is 45. Actor Tobias Menzies (“Outlander,” ″Game of Thrones”) is 45. Actor TJ Thyne (“Bones”) is 44. Actress Laura Prepon (“Orange Is The New Black,” ″That ’70s Show”) is 39. Actress Bel Powley (Film: “Diary of a Teenage Girl”) is 27. Actress Giselle Eisenberg (“Life in Pieces”) is 22.