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October 1, 2018

On Oct. 10, 1935, the first black opera, “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin, opened in New York.

In 1962, the BBC banned Bobby (Boris) Pickett’s song “Monster Mash” because it deemed the record offensive.

In 1965, The Supremes made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

In 1978, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith were injured during a concert in Philadelphia when someone in the audience threw a cherry bomb onstage.

In 1979, the city of Los Angeles declared Fleetwood Mac Day as the group received its star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Also in 1979, the film “The Rose,” starring Bette Midler, made its premiere in Los Angeles.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Peter Coyote is 77. Actor Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) is 72. Singer John Prine is 72. Actor-dancer Ben Vereen is 72. Singer Cyril Neville of The Neville Brothers is 70. Actress Jessica Harper (“Pennies From Heaven,” ″My Favorite Year) is 69. Singer-guitarist Midge Ure is 65. Singer David Lee Roth (Van Halen) is 64. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 60. Actress Julia Sweeney (“Saturday Night Live”) is 59. Actor Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) is 59. Bassist Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet) is 57. Guitarist Jim Glennie of James is 55. Drummer Mike Malinin of the Goo Goo Dolls is 51. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs,” ″Reno 911!”) is 49. Actor Mario Lopez (“The X Factor,” ″Saved By The Bell”) is 45. Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (“She’s All That,” ″Nash Bridges”) is 40. Singer Mya is 39. Actor Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) is 36. Singer Lzzy (LIH’-zee) Hale of Halestorm is 35. R-and-B singer Cherie is 34.

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