Today in Entertainment History
On Aug. 15, 1939, “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Hollywood.
In 1958, Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago got married in a private ceremony at his parents’ home in Lubbock, Texas. Holly and Santiago had met only two months before. He died in a plane crash the following February.
In 1965, The Beatles performed before a capacity crowd at New York’s Shea Stadium, which, at the time, set a record for the largest audience to gather for a concert.
In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair opened in upstate New York. During three days, dozens of acts performed before the crowd that had gathered on Max Yasgur’s farm.
In 1980, George Harrison’s book “I Me Mine” was published.
In 1996, a women’s shelter on Long Island, New York, refused to accept money from a benefit concert featuring James Brown. The shelter said Brown’s wife had accused him of assaulting her, although each time she withdrew the accusations or the charges were dismissed.
In 1998, singer Ian Gillan of Deep Purple allegedly hit a security guard in the head with a microphone during a concert in Pontiac, Michigan. He was later charged with assault and battery.
In 2004, Phish performed their final show during a weekend-long festival in Coventry, Vermont. They have since regrouped.
Today’s Birthdays: Actress Abby Dalton (“Falcon Crest”) is 86. Actress Lori Nelson is 85. Actress Pat Priest (“The Munsters”) is 82. Drummer Pete York of The Spencer Davis Group is 76. Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee is 74. Songwriter Jimmy Webb is 72. Singer-guitarist Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers is 70. Actress Phyllis Smith (“The Office”) is 69. Actress Tess Harper is 68. Actor Larry Mathews (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) is 63. Actor Zeljko Ivanek (ZEHL’-koh eh-VON’-ehk) (“Madam Secretary,” ″Heroes”) is 61. Actor Rondell Sheridan (“That’s So Raven,” ″Cory in the House”) is 60. Singer-keyboardist Matt Johnson of The The is 57. Actor Peter Hermann (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 51. Actress Debra Messing (“Will and Grace”) is 50. Actor Anthony Anderson (“Barbershop”) is 48. Actor Ben Affleck is 46. Actress Natasha Henstridge (“The Whole Nine Yards,” ″Species”) is 44. Bassist Tim Foreman of Switchfoot is 40. Actress Courtney Hope (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 29. Singer Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is 29. Actor-singer Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”) is 29. Actress Jennifer Lawrence is 28. DJ Smoove da General of Cali Swag District is 28.