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Today in Entertainment History, October 30, 2012

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According to the AP, these events happened on October 30th:

  • In 1938, the radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. Using fake news bulletins and simulated on-scene reports to portray an invasion by Martians, the broadcast sparked panic among listeners who thought the dramatized events were authentic.   
  • In 1961, Phil Spector's Philles label released its first single. It was a record by the Crystals: "Oh, Yeah, Maybe Baby" backed with "There's No Other (Like My Baby)."   
  • In 1964, Roy Orbison was awarded a gold record for "Oh, Pretty Woman."   
  • In 1967, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones pleaded guilty to drug possession and was sentenced to nine months in jail. He was released pending an appeal.   
  • In 1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500 for exposing himself in Miami.   
  • In 1972, Elton John did a command on-scene reports to portray an invasion by Martians, the broadcast sparked panic among listeners who thought the dramatized events were authentic.   
  • In 1961, Phil Spector's Philles label released its first single. It was a record by the Crystals: "Oh, Yeah, Maybe Baby" backed with "There's No Other (Like My Baby)."   
  • In 1964, Roy Orbison was awarded a gold record for "Oh, Pretty Woman."   
  • In 1967, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones pleaded guilty to drug possession and was sentenced to nine months in jail. He was released pending an appeal.   
  • In 1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500 for exposing himself in Miami.   
  • In 1972, Elton John did a command performance benefit for Queen Elizabeth.   
  • In 1974, Kathy Silva filed for divorce from Sly Stone of Sly and the Family Stone after less than six months of marriage.   
  • In 1978, the animated TV movie "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park" aired on NBC.   
  • In 1982, singer Paul Weller announced the breakup of the British band The Jam.   
  • In 1984, Linda Ronstadt made her operatic debut in a production of "La Boheme" in New York.   
  • In 1997, drummer Bill Berry quit R.E.M.   
  • In 2002, Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC was shot and killed at his recording studio in New York. He was 37.   
  • In 2004, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker married former Miss USA Shanna Moakler in Santa Barbara, California. They have since split up.     
Today's Birthdays: 
  • Actor Dick Gautier is 75. 
  • Movie director Claude Lelouch is 75. 
  • Actor Ed Lauter is 74. 
  • Songwriter Eddie Holland is 73. 
  • Singer Grace Slick is 73. 
  • Singer Otis Williams of The Temptations is 71. 
  • Actor Henry Winkler is 67. 
  • Bassist Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles (and Poco) is 65. 
  • Actor Harry Hamlin is 61. 
  • Actor Charles Martin Smith is 59. 
  • Country singer T. Graham Brown is 58. 
  • Actor Kevin Pollak is 55. 
  • Actor Michael Beach ("Soul Food," ''Third Watch") is 49. 
  • Singer-guitarist Gavin Rossdale of Bush is 45. 
  • Actor Jack Plotnick ("Reno 911!") is 44. 
  • "Cash Cab" host Ben Bailey is 42. 
  • Actress Nia Long is 42. 
  • Country singer Kassidy Osborn of SHeDAISY is 36. 
  • Actor Matthew Morrison ("Glee") is 34. 
  • Actor Tequan Richmond ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 20. 

 

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