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Today in Entertainment History, October 4, 2012

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According to the AP, these events happened on October 4:

  • In 1931, the comic strip "Dick Tracy," created by Chester Gould, made its debut. 
  • In 1957, "Leave It To Beaver" made its debut on CBS. After a year, the show switched to ABC and ran until 1963. 
  • In 1961, Bob Dylan made his concert hall debut in New York. About 50 people attended, mostly his friends, and he earned $20. 
  • In 1970, singer Janis Joplin was found dead of a heroin overdose at a hotel in Hollywood. She was 27. She had just finished recording the album "Pearl." 
  • In 1980, singer Carly Simon collapsed due to exhaustion on stage in Pittsburgh. She ended up canceling her tour. 
  • In 1989, comedian Graham Chapman of Monty Python's Flying Circus died. He was 48. 
  • In 1990, "Beverly Hills 90210" premiered on Fox. 
  • In 1992, singer Sinead O'Connor ripped up a picture of the pope during an after-midnight appearance on "Saturday Night Live." NBC's switchboard in New York was flooded with calls, most of them criticizing O'Connor's actions. 

Today's Birthdays:

  • Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 83. 
  • Actor Eddie Applegate ("The Patty Duke Show") is 77. 
  • Author Jackie Collins is 75. 
  • Author Anne Rice is 71. 
  • Actress Lori Saunders ("Petticoat Junction") is 71.
  • Actor Clifton Davis ("Amen") is 67. 
  • Actress Susan Sarandon is 66. 
  • Actor Armand Assante is 63. 
  • Actor Alan Rosenberg is 62. 
  • Actor Bill Fagerbakke ("Coach," ''Spongebob Squarepants") is 55. 
  • Rap producer Russell Simmons is 55. 
  • Keyboardist Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys is 53. 
  • Keyboardist Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard of Sawyer Brown is 52. 
  • Singer Jon Secada is 51. 
  • Actor Liev Schreiber ("The Manchurian Candidate," ''Scream 2") is 45. 
  • Actor Abraham Benrubi ("Men In Trees," ''ER") is 43. 
  • Country singer-guitarist Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) is 42. 
  • Actress Alicia Silverstone is 36. 
  • Singer-guitarist Marc Roberge of O.A.R. is 34. 
  • Actress Rachel Leigh Cook ("Josie and the Pussycats," ''She's All That") is 33. 
  • Singer Jessica Benson of 3LW is 25. 
  • Actor Michael Charles Roman is 25.

 

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