Today in Entertainment History
On Feb. 20, 1967, singer Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was born.
In 1969, “Goodbye Cream,” a documentary of Cream’s farewell concert, opened in Baltimore. Fans and critics alike panned the movie for its poor sound quality and strange editing.
In 1970, the John Lennon single “Instant Karma” was released.
In 1974, Cher filed for separation from Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage.
In 1982, singer Pat Benatar and her guitarist, Neil Geraldo, were married in Hawaii.
In 1993, Jackyl lead singer Jesse James Dupree was arrested for allegedly exposing himself on stage during a concert a few days earlier in Long Beach, California.
In 1997, Ben and Jerry’s introduced a new ice cream flavor, Phish Food, named after the rock group Phish. It contained chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
In 2003, pyrotechnics from Great White’s stage show ignited soundproofing foam and burned down a club in West Warwick, Rhode Island. One hundred people died, including band guitarist Ty Longley.
In 2007, singer Britney Spears checked into rehab. She checked out the next day.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Sidney Poitier is 92. Actress Marj Dusay (“Guiding Light”) is 83. Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 78. Actress Brenda Blethyn (“Atonement,” ″Pride and Prejudice”) is 73. Actress Sandy Duncan is 73. Actor Peter Strauss is 72. Guitarist Billy Zoom of X is 71. Country singer Kathie Baillie of Baillie and the Boys is 68. Actor John Voldstad (“Newhart”) is 68. Actor Anthony Head (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) is 65. Actor James Wilby (“Gosford Park”) is 61. Bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing) is 60. Actor Joel Hodgson (“Mystery Science Theater 3000″) is 59. Singer Ian Brown of Stone Roses is 56. Actor Willie Garson (“White Collar,” ″Sex and the City”) is 55. Actor French Stewart (“Third Rock from the Sun”) is 55. Model Cindy Crawford is 53. Actor Andrew Shue (“Melrose Place”) is 52. Actress Lili Taylor is 52. Singer Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys is 44. Actress Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) is 41. Actor Jay Hernandez (“Friday Night Lights,” ″Crazy/Beautiful”) is 41. Actress Chelsea Peretti (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) is 41. Guitarist Coy Bowles of Zac Brown Band is 40. Actor Michael Zegen (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” ″Boardwalk Empire”) is 40. Actress Majandra (mah-HAN’-drah) Delfino (“Roswell”) is 38. Actor Jocko Sims (“New Amsterdam”) is 38. Actress-singer Jessie Mueller is 36. Comedian Trevor Noah (“The Daily Show”) is 35. Actor Miles Teller (“Fantastic Four”) is 32. Singer Rihanna is 31. Actor Jack Falahee (“How to Get Away With Murder”) is 30.