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Today in Entertainment History, September 7, 2012

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According to the Associated Press, these things happened on September 7th:

  •  In 1936, Buddy Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas. 
  • In 1967, the situation comedy "The Flying Nun" debuted on ABC. Sally Field starred as a novice nun who discovers she can fly.
  • In 1978, Who drummer Keith Moon died in London of an overdose of a drug he was prescribed to combat alcoholism. Moon's replacement was Kenney Jones. 
  • In 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) made its cable TV debut. 
  •  In 1984, singer Janet Jackson married singer James DeBarge of the group DeBarge. The marriage was annulled after less than a year. 
  •  In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur and record company executive Suge Knight were shot while driving in Las Vegas. Shakur died six days later. 
  •  In 1998, the movie "There's Something About Mary" hit number one at the box office, eight weeks after its release. It's believed to be the first film to rise to the top so long after release. 
  •  In 2003, musician Warren Zevon died in his sleep at his home near Los Angeles, a year after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He was 56. His final album, "The Wind," had been released just two weeks earlier.

 Today's Birthdays include:

  •  Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins is 82. 
  • Actor Bruce Gray is 76. 
  • Singer Alfa Anderson of Chic is 66. 
  • Actress Susan Blakely is 64. 
  • Singer Gloria Gaynor is 63. 
  • Singer Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders is 61. 
  • Actress Julie Kavner ("The Simpsons") is 61. 
  • Keyboardist Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is 59. 
  • Actor Corbin Bernsen is 58. 
  • Actor Michael Emerson ("Lost") is 58. 
  • Pianist Michael Feinstein is 56. 
  • Singer Margot Chapman (Starland Vocal Band) is 55. 
  • Actor W. Earl Brown ("Deadwood") is 49. 
  • Model Angie Everhart is 43. 
  • Actress Diane Farr ("Numb3rs") is 43. 
  • Actor Tom Everett Scott ("ER," ''That Thing You Do!") is 42. 
  • Drummer Chad Sexton of 311 is 42. 
  • Actress Shannon Elizabeth ("American Pie") is 39. 
  • Actor Devon Sawa ("Slackers," ''Final Destination") is 33. 
  • Actress Evan Rachel Wood ("The Upside of Anger," ''Thirteen") is 25.

 

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