Today in Entertainment History
On Feb. 13, 1961, Frank Sinatra unveiled his own record label, Reprise. Sinatra did not have a very high opinion of rock music, but the label would release recordings by The Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks.
In 1972, Led Zeppelin had to cancel a concert in Singapore after authorities would not let the group off the plane because of their long hair.
In 1982, a 300-pound marker on the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from an Orange Park, Florida, cemetery. Police found it two weeks later in a dry river bed.
In 1991, a helicopter carrying actor Kirk Douglas collided with a stunt plane over an airport in California. Douglas suffered cuts and bruises. Two people on the plane were killed.
In 1997, Michael Jackson and then-wife Debbie Rowe became parents to a son named Prince.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Kim Novak is 86. Actor George Segal (“Just Shoot Me”) is 85. Actor Bo Svenson (“Walking Tall”) is 78. Singer-bassist-actor Peter Tork of The Monkees is 77. Actress Carol Lynley is 77. Actress Stockard Channing is 75. Talk show host Jerry Springer is 75. Singer Peter Gabriel is 69. Actor David Naughton is 68. Bassist Peter Hook of New Order and Joy Division is 63. Actor Matt Salinger is 59. Singer Henry Rollins is 58. Actor Neal McDonough (“Boomtown”) is 53. Singer Freedom Williams (C & C Music Factory) is 53. Actress Kelly Hu (“Martial Law”) is 51. Singer Matt Berninger of The National is 48. Bassist Todd Harrell (3 Doors Down) is 47. Drummer Scott Thomas of Parmalee is 46. Singer Feist is 43. MC Natalie Stewart of Floetry is 40. Actress Mena Suvari (MEE’-nuh soo-VAHR’-ee) is 40. Drummer Dash Hutton of Haim (HYM) is 34.