Today in Entertainment History
On Aug. 7, 1963, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello’s first movie together, “Beach Party,” was released.
In 1970, “Soul Train” made its debut on a Chicago TV station.
In 1974, actress Faye Dunaway married singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. They divorced five years later.
In 1986, a judge in Los Angeles dismissed a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The lawsuit had been filed by the parents of a teenager who killed himself while listening to Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution.”
Also in 1986, actor Tom Selleck married Jillie Mack.
In 1991, charges of assault and property damage were filed against Axl Rose in connection with a riot during a Guns N’ Roses concert in the St. Louis area.
In 1995, rapper LL Cool J married Simone Johnson.
In 2011, singer Gavin DeGraw was attacked by a group of unknown assailants in New York. He suffered a concussion, a broken nose and black eyes.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Verna Bloom (“Animal House”) is 80. Humorist Garrison Keillor is 76. Singer B.J. Thomas is 76. Actor John Glover is 74. Actor David Rasche (RAH’-shee) (“Sledge Hammer!”) is 74. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 68. Actor Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”) is 63. Singer Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is 60. Actor David Duchovny (“Californication,” ″The X-Files”) is 58. Actress Delane Matthews (“Dave’s World”) is 57. Actor Harold Perrineau (“Lost,” ″Oz”) is 55. Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts is 55. Country singer Raul Malo of The Mavericks is 53. Actor David Mann (“Madea” films) is 52. Actress Sydney Penny (“The Thorn Birds,” ″All My Children”) is 47. Actor Greg Serano (seh-RAH’-no) (“Power”) is 46. Actress Charlize Theron (shar-LEEZ’ THEHR’-en) is 43. Drummer Barry Kerch of Shinedown is 42. Actor Eric Johnson (“Fifty Shades Darker,” ″Smallville”) is 39.