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February 4, 2018

On Feb. 4, 1938, “Our Town,” Thornton Wilder’s play about small-town life in America, opened on Broadway.

In 1961, singer Johnny Burnette underwent an emergency appendectomy in Los Angeles and was forced to cancel a British tour. He’s known for the hit “You’re Sixteen,” which was on the Top 40 charts at the time.

In 1969, Columbia Records signed Johnny Winter to a five-year, $300,000 contract, which was unprecedented for a new artist.

In 1971, The Osmonds received their first gold record, for “One Bad Apple.”

In 1977, Fleetwood Mac released the album “Rumours.” It sold more than 17 million copies.

In 1983, singer Karen Carpenter died of cardiac arrest in Downey, California, at age 32. She had suffered from the eating disorder anorexia nervosa.

In 1987, Liberace died at his home in Palm Springs, California, of AIDS-related complications. He was 67.

In 1993, entertainer Ben Vereen was discharged from a rehabilitation center in New Jersey. He had been getting therapy for seven months after he was hit by a truck near his home in Malibu, California. The truck was driven by Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, who wasn’t charged.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Jerry Adler (“The Good Wife,” ″The Sopranos”) is 89. Actor Gary Conway (“Burke’s Law”) is 82. Drummer John Steel of The Animals is 77. Singer Florence LaRue of the Fifth Dimension is 76. Singer Alice Cooper is 70. Actor Michael Beck is 69. Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 66. Singer Tim Booth of James is 58. Country singer Clint Black is 56. Guitarist Noodles of The Offspring is 55. Country bassist Dave Buchanan of Yankee Grey is 52. “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Corddry is 47. Actor Michael Goorjian (“Party of Five”) is 47. TV personality Nicolle Wallace (“The View”) is 46. Bassist Rick Burch of Jimmy Eat World is 43. Singer Natalie Imbruglia (im-BROO’-lee-uh) is 43. Rapper Cam’ron is 42. Singer Gavin DeGraw is 41. Actor Charlie Barnett (“Secrets and Lies,” ″Chicago Fire”) is 30. Actress Kyla Kenedy (“Speechless”) is 15.

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