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Today in Entertainment History, October 18, 2012

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According to the AP, these events happened on Oct. 18.

  • In 1952, Hank Williams married his second wife, Billie Jean Jones, in Minden, Louisiana. The next day, they repeated their vows twice at two shows for concert-goers in New Orleans. 
  • In 1966, the Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut in Paris. 
  • In 1967, the satiric film "How I Won the War" premiered in London. It starred John Lennon as Private Gripweed. 
  • In 1968, Bob Wills was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. 
  • Also in 1968, John Lennon was arrested in Ringo Starr's London apartment for pot possession. The arrest became the basis for a battle by U.S. immigration officials who wanted to deport Lennon. 
  • In 1974, Al Green's supposed girlfriend, Mary Woodson, shot herself to death at Green's home north of Memphis. That was after she had thrown a pot of boiling grits on Green as he was getting out of the bathtub. 
  • In 1988, Bruce Springsteen broke up the E Street Band, telling them he wanted to pursue his own projects. They have since reunited. 
  • Also in 1988, "Roseanne," starring Roseanne Barr, made its debut on ABC. 
  • In 2000, singer Zack De La Rocha announced he was leaving Rage Against The Machine. They have since reunited. 

Today's Birthdays:

  • Singer-guitarist Chuck Berry is 86. 
  • Actress Dawn Wells ("Gilligan's Island") is 74. 
  • Actor Joe Morton is 65. 
  • Actress Pam Dawber is 62.
  • Actress Erin Moran ("Happy Days") is 52. 
  • Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 52. 
  • Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis is 51. 
  • Actor Vincent Spano is 50. 
  • Bassist Tim Cross (Sponge) is 46. 
  • Singer Nonchalant is 39. 
  • Guitarist Peter Svensson of The Cardigans is 38. 
  • Actor Wesley Jonathan is 34. 
  • Singer Ne-Yo is 33. 
  • Country singer and "American Idol" contestant Josh Gracin is 32. 
  • Country musician Jesse Littleton (Marshall Dyllon) is 31. 
  • Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is 28. 
  • Actor Zac Efron ("High School Musical," ''Hairspray") is 25.
  • Actress Joy Lauren ("Desperate Housewives") is 23. 
  • Actor Tyler Posey is 21.

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