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Today in Entertainment History

February 4, 2019

On Feb. 11, 1963, The Beatles recorded all the tracks for their first album to be released in the U.K., “Please Please Me.” John Lennon had a bad cold and belted out “Twist and Shout” in one take.

In 1964, The Beatles performed their first American concert, at the Coliseum in Washington. In the following days, the band performed in New York and in Florida, but the concerts were not considered part of an official tour.

In 1965, Ringo Starr married Maureen Cox in London. They divorced in 1975.

In 1970, the Ringo Starr-Peter Sellers film “The Magic Christian” premiered in New York. The film’s soundtrack album included the Badfinger song “Come and Get It,” which was written by Paul McCartney.

In 1972, David Bowie first performed as “Ziggy Stardust,” at a show in Tollworth, England.

In 1983, The Rolling Stones tour documentary “Let’s Spend The Night Together” opened in the U.S. and Canada.

In 1986, Boy George guest-starred on an episode of “The A-Team” as a singer mistakenly booked into a country dance hall.

In 1987, in the wake of Liberace’s death from AIDS, the London Daily Mirror asked if it could have back the $53,000 U.S. libel award the entertainer won from the paper more than 30 years earlier. The tabloid had called Liberace a “fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love” in 1956.

In 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub in a Los Angeles hotel. She was 48.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Conrad Janis (“Mork and Mindy”) is 91. Actress Tina Louise (“Gilligan’s Island”) is 81. Musician Sergio Mendes (MEN’-dez) is 78. Actor Philip Anglim (“The Thorn Birds”) is 67. Actress Catherine Hickland (“One Life To Live”) is 63. Drummer David Uosikkinen (aw-SIK’-ken-ihn) of The Hooters is 63. Actress Carey Lowell (“Law and Order”) is 58. Singer Sheryl Crow is 57. Actress Jennifer Aniston is 50. Singer D’Angelo is 45. Actor Brice Beckham (“Mr. Belvedere”) is 43. Vocalist Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and of Fort Minor is 42. Singer-actress Brandy (“Moesha”) is 40. Country musician Jon Jones (The Eli Young Band) is 39. Actor Matthew Lawrence (“Boy Meets World”) is 39. Singer Kelly Rowland (Destiny’s Child) is 38. Actress Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) is 37. Singer Aubrey O’Day (Danity Kane) is 35. Actress Q’orianka (kohr-ee-AHN’-kuh) Kilcher (“The New World”) is 29. Actor Taylor Lautner is 27.

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