Today in Entertainment History
On Aug. 30, 1969, the three-day Texas International Pop Festival opened at the Dallas International Motor Speedway. Performers included Chicago Transit Authority, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and Santana.
In 1973, Rolling Stone reported that The Doors had broken up after the death of Jim Morrison and that keyboardist Ray Manzarek (man-ZAYR’-ek) was putting together a new band.
In 1974, the last episode of “The Brady Bunch” aired on ABC.
In 1989, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin was arrested for making a public disturbance on a USAir flight. He allegedly urinated on the floor, verbally abused a flight attendant and smoked in a non-smoking section.
In 1992, “Northern Exposure” and “Murphy Brown” were big winners at the annual Emmy Awards. Bette Midler picked up an Emmy for her appearance on the “Tonight Show” just before Johnny Carson retired.
In 1993, “Late Show with David Letterman” made its debut on CBS, after moving his show from NBC.
In 1995, James Taylor and ex-wife Carly Simon reunited for their first concert together in 16 years, on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Bill Daily (“I Dream of Jeannie,” ″The Bob Newhart Show”) is 91. Actress Elizabeth Ashley is 79. Actor-turned-politician Ben Jones (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 77. Actress Peggy Lipton (“The Mod Squad”) is 72. Comedian Lewis Black (“The Daily Show”) is 70. Jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright is 61. Actor Michael Chiklis (“The Fantastic Four,” ″The Shield”) is 55. Actress Michael Michele (“ER,” ″Homicide: Life On The Street”) is 52. Country singer Sherrie Austin is 47. Guitarist Lars Frederiksen of Rancid is 47. Actress Cameron Diaz is 46. TV personality Lisa Ling (“The View”) is 45. Singer-guitarist Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish is 44. Actor Michael Gladis (“Reckless,” ″Mad Men”) is 41. Drummer Matt Taul (Tantric, Days Of The New) is 40. Singer Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive is 33. Guitarist Ryan Ross (Panic At The Disco) is 32. Actress Johanna Braddy (“Quantico”) is 31.