Today in Entertainment History
On Sept. 2, 1963, “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” expanded from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming network television’s first half-hour nightly newscast.
In 1970, Genesis ran an ad in “Melody Maker.” It was answered by Phil Collins, who joined the group.
Also in 1975, the Great American Music Fair ended violently in Syracuse, New York, when a crowd of 500 stormed the gate to get in without paying. Police arrested 60 people. The fair featured performances by The Doobie Brothers and Jefferson Starship.
In 1978, George Harrison married Olivia Trinidad Arias, a secretary at his Dark Horse Records company. That same day, Emilio and Gloria Estefan were married.
In 1986, Cathy Evelyn Smith was sentenced to three years in prison on an involuntary manslaughter charge in connection with the drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi in 1982.
Also in 1986, Debbie Gibson signed with Atlantic Records. She was still in high school at the time.
In 1988, The Amnesty International Human Rights Now! tour opened in London. It featured Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour and it hit 15 countries.
In 1989, singer Ric Ocasek of The Cars married model Paulina Porizkova (por-is-KOH’-vah). They separated in 2017.
Also in 1989, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for allegedly trying to kill his wife, Sharon, after a drinking binge. The case was dropped after he went into rehab and the couple reconciled.
In 1991, Garth Brooks released the album “Ropin’ the Wind.”
In 2000, Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell married Leighanne Wallace in Atlanta.
In 2005, Kanye West went off the script during an NBC telethon to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina. He said, among other things, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
In 2015, singers Avril Lavigne (lah-VEEN’) and Chad Kroeger (KROO’-gur) of Nickelback announced their separation after two years of marriage.
Today’s Birthdays: Dancer-actress Marge Champion is 99. Singer Jimmy Clanton is 80. Singer Sam Gooden of The Impressions is 79. Singer-turned-minister Joe Simon is 75. Singer Rosalind Ashford of Martha and the Vandellas is 75. Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw is 70. Actor Mark Harmon is 67. Actress Linda Purl is 63. Drummer Jerry Augustyniak of 10,000 Maniacs is 60. Drummer Paul Deakin of The Mavericks is 59. Actor Keanu (kee-AH’-noo) Reeves is 54. Actress Salma Hayek is 52. Actor Tuc Watkins (“One Life To Live”) is 52. Actress Cynthia Watros (“Lost,” ″Titus”) is 50. Singer K-Ci of K-Ci and JoJo is 49. Comedian Katt Williams (“Norbit”) is 45. Actor Michael Lombardi (“Rescue Me”) is 44. Bassist Sam Rivers of Limp Bizkit is 41. Actor Jonathan Kite (“2 Broke Girls”) is 39. Drummer Spencer Smith (Panic at the Disco) is 31. DJ-music producer Zedd is 29.