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Today in Entertainment History

March 4, 2019

On March 12, 1958, singer Billie Holiday was given a year’s probation on a narcotics possession charge. She died the next year of alcohol and drug abuse.

In 1969, “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel was named Song and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards, beating out “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.

In 1998, Cathay Pacific airline banned Liam Gallagher of Oasis from its flights after he threatened to stab a pilot.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Barbara Feldon (“Get Smart”) is 86. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 73. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 71. Singer Bill Payne of Little Feat is 70. Actor Jon Provost (TV: “Lassie”) is 69. Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 63. Actress Lesley Manville (“Phantom Thread”) is 63. Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jackson Five is 62. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 59. Actor Titus Welliver (“Deadwood”) is 57. Actress Julia Campbell (“Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion”) is 56. Actor Aaron Eckhart (“The Dark Knight”) is 51. Guitarist Graham Coxon of Blur is 50. Drummer Tommy Bales of Flynnville Train is 46. Actor Rhys Coiro (“Hostages,” “Entourage”) is 40. Country singer Holly Williams is 38. Actor Samm Levine (“Freaks and Geeks”) is 37. Actor Jaimie Alexander (TV’s “Blindspot”) is 35. Actor Tyler Patrick Jones (“Ghost Whisperer”) is 25. Actress Kendall Applegate (“Desperate Housewives”) is 20.