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Today in Entertainment History

March 31, 2018

On March 31, 1943, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” opened on Broadway.

In 1958, Chuck Berry released the single “Johnny B. Goode.”

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire in front of an audience for the first time, during a concert in London.

In 1981, “Ordinary People” won the best picture Academy Award. “Fame” won best original song and score.

In 1982, the Doobie Brothers announced they were breaking up. The Doobies have staged several reunions since then.

In 1983, MTV added Michael Jackson’s video for “Beat It.” It was the first video MTV played by a black artist.

In 1986, O’Kelly Isley of the Isley Brothers died of a heart attack in Alpine, New Jersey. He was 48.

In 1991, acclaimed dancer and choreographer Martha Graham died in New York.

Also in 1991, former TV actor Danny Bonaduce (bah-nah-DOO’-chee) was arrested after hiding from authorities in a closet. He allegedly had picked up a prostitute near his downtown Phoenix apartment.

In 1992, two Bruce Springsteen albums went on sale nationwide. Some stores opened at midnight for fans who were waiting in line to be the first to buy “Human Touch” and “Lucky Town.”

In 1993, actor Brandon Lee died after a freak accident on the set of the movie “The Crow.” Lee had been shot with a prop gun that was supposed to fire blanks. He was 28.

In 1995, Tejano (tay-HAH’-noh) singer Selena was shot and killed by the founder of her fan club.

In 1996, actor Clint Eastwood married newscaster Dina Ruiz. They have since split up.

In 2011, singer Michael Buble’ (boo-BLAY’) married Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato (loo-ees-ee-AH’-nah loh-pee-LAH’-toh) in Buenos Aires.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor William Daniels (“St. Elsewhere”) is 91. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 84. Actress Shirley Jones is 84. Musician Herb Alpert is 83. Actor Christopher Walken is 75. Comedian Gabe Kaplan (“Welcome Back Kotter”) is 74. Guitarist Mick Ralphs of Bad Company and of Mott The Hoople is 74. Actress Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”) is 70. Actor Robbie Coltrane (“Harry Potter” films) is 68. Actor Ed Marinaro (“Hill Street Blues,” ″Sisters”) is 68. Guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC is 63. Bassist Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers is 47. Actor Ewan (YOO’-en) McGregor is 47. Rapper Tony Yayo is 40. Actress Kate Micucci (“Raising Hope”) is 38. Actor Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta” ″Book of Mormon”) is 36. Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott is 35. Guitarist Jack Antonoff of fun. and of Bleachers is 34. Actress Jessica Szohr (“Gossip Girl”) is 33.

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