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Today in Entertainment History

August 17, 2018

On Aug. 23, 1960, Oscar Hammerstein the Second died in Pennsylvania. He’s best known for his collaborations with composer Richard Rogers on the musicals “Oklahoma,” ″Carousel,” ″South Pacific,” and “The King and I.”

In 1962, John Lennon and Cynthia Powell got married in Liverpool, England. She filed for divorce in 1968.

In 1970, Emerson, Lake and Palmer made their concert debut in Portsmouth, England.

In 1975, former Free guitarist Paul Kossoff’s heart stopped beating for 35 minutes in a London hospital as a result of a blood clot. Kossoff survived that episode but died in his sleep the following March. He was 25.

In 1990, Billy Idol began a tour in Montreal. Six months earlier, he had nearly lost his leg in a motorcycle accident.

Also in 1990, mourners lined up for a block in Philadelphia for a funeral for entertainer Pearl Bailey.

In 1994, Boyz II Men released their album “II.”

In 1995, actor Larry Hagman had surgery to replace his liver. He had had advanced cirrhosis, which he blamed on years of heavy drinking.

In 2000, 51 million people tuned in to watch the final episode of the original season of “Survivor,” during which Richard Hatch was named the million-dollar winner.

In 2007, Nicole Richie spent 82 minutes in jail for driving under the influence of drugs in Los Angeles. She had been sentenced to four days.

In 2014, Brad Pitt married Angelina Jolie on their estate in France.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Vera Miles is 88. Actress Barbara Eden is 87. Satirist Mark Russell is 86. Actor Richard Sanders (“WKRP In Cincinnati”) is 78. Country singer Rex Allen Junior is 71. Singer Linda Thompson is 71. Actor David Robb (“Downton Abbey”) is 71. Country fiddler-singer Woody Paul of Riders in the Sky is 69. Actress Shelley Long is 69. Singer-actor Rick Springfield is 69. Actor-producer Mark Hudson (The Hudson Brothers) is 67. Actor Skipp Sudduth (“The Good Wife”) is 62. Guitarist Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots is 57. Singer-bassist Ira Dean of Trick Pony is 49. Actor Jay Mohr is 48. Actor Ray Park (“X-Men,” ″The Phantom Menace”) is 44. Singer Julian Casablancas of The Strokes is 40. Actress Joanna Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) is 38. Actress Jaime Lee Kirchner (“Bull”) is 37. Saxophonist Andy Wild of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is 37. Musician Sky Blu of LMFAO is 32. Actress Kimberly Matula (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) is 30.

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