Today in Entertainment History
On May 22, 1955, police in Bridgeport, Connecticut, canceled a dance that featured Fats Domino. Authorities were worried that rock and roll music could cause a riot.
In 1958, reporters at a London airport asked Jerry Lee Lewis about his marriage, and he revealed his wife was his 13-year-old cousin. The ensuing controversy forced Lewis to cancel most of his British tour.
In 1966, Bruce Springsteen began his songwriting career by co-writing two songs with The Castiles, Springsteen’s first band.
In 1967, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” made its premiere on PBS.
In 1974, Ten Years After played their last show, in London. They broke up the next year.
In 1992, Johnny Carson hosted his last “Tonight” show. There were no guests. Carson showed favorite clips from past shows.
In 2002, the members of Alien Ant Farm were hospitalized after their tour bus collided with a truck about 120 miles west of Madrid, Spain. Singer Dryden Mitchell fractured a vertebra, and the bus driver was killed.
Also in 2002, Rosie O’Donnell hosted her last talk show. It had run six years.
In 2010, singer Alanis Morissette married rapper Souleye at her home in Los Angeles.
In 2017, a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) concert in Manchester, England. Twenty-two people were killed and more than 500 were injured.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Michael Constantine (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” ″Room 222″) is 92. Pianist Peter Nero is 85. Actor-director Richard Benjamin is 81. Actor Frank Converse is 81. Actress Barbara Parkins (“Peyton Place,” ″Valley of the Dolls”) is 77. Songwriter Bernie Taupin is 69. Actor Al Corley (“Dynasty”) is 64. Singer Morrissey is 60. Actress Ann Cusack (“Jeff Foxworthy Show,” ″A League of Their Own”) is 58. Bassist Dana Williams of Diamond Rio is 58. Guitarist Jesse Valenzuela of Gin Blossoms is 57. Actor Mark Christopher Lawrence (“Chuck”) is 55. Singer Johnny Gill is 53. Bassist Dan Roberts of Crash Test Dummies is 52. Actress Brooke Smith (“Grey’s Anatomy,” ″The Silence of the Lambs”) is 52. Actor Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”) is 50. Model Naomi Campbell is 49. Actress Anna Belknap (“CSI: NY”) is 47. Singer Donell Jones is 46. Actor Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” ″Gilmore Girls”) is 45. Actress A.J. Langer (“Private Practice”) is 45. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin (“Once Upon A Time”) is 41. Singer Vivian Green is 40. Actress Maggie Q (“Insurgent,” ″Divergent”) is 40. Actress Molly Ephraim (“Last Man Standing”) is 33. Actress Anna Baryshnikov (“Superior Donuts”) is 27. Actress Camren Bicondova (“Gotham”) is 20.