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Today in Entertainment History

October 8, 2018

On Oct. 18, 1952, Hank Williams married his second wife, Billie Jean Jones, in Minden, Louisiana. The next day, they repeated their vows twice at two shows for concert-goers in New Orleans.

In 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut in Paris.

In 1967, the satiric film “How I Won the War” premiered in London. It starred John Lennon as Private Gripweed.

In 1968, Bob Wills was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Also in 1968, John Lennon was arrested in Ringo Starr’s London apartment for pot possession. The arrest became the basis for a battle by U.S. immigration officials who wanted to deport Lennon.

In 1974, Al Green’s girlfriend, Mary Woodson, shot herself to death at Green’s home north of Memphis. That was after she had thrown a pot of boiling grits on Green as he was getting out of the bathtub.

In 1988, Bruce Springsteen broke up the E Street Band, telling them he wanted to pursue his own projects. They have since reunited.

Also in 1988, the sitcom “Roseanne,” starring Roseanne Barr, made its debut on ABC.

In 2000, singer Zack De La Rocha announced he was leaving Rage Against The Machine. They have since reunited.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Dawn Wells (“Gilligan’s Island”) is 80. Singer Russ Giguere of The Association is 75. Actor Joe Morton is 71. Actress Pam Dawber is 68. Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 58. Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is 57. Actor Vincent Spano is 56. Bassist Tim Cross (Sponge) is 52. Singer Nonchalant is 45. Actress Joy Bryant (“Parenthood”) is 44. Guitarist Peter Svensson of The Cardigans is 44. Actor Wesley Jonathan is 40. Singer Ne-Yo is 39. Country singer and “American Idol” contestant Josh Gracin is 38. Country musician Jesse Littleton (Marshall Dyllon) is 37. Actress Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”) is 34. Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is 34. Actor Zac Efron (“High School Musical,” ″Hairspray”) is 31. Actress Joy Lauren (“Desperate Housewives”) is 29. Actor Tyler Posey is 27.

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