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Today in Entertainment History, February 7, 2013

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According to the AP, on March seventh:

  • In 1946, "The Lost Weekend" was named best picture at the Academy Awards. Ray Milland won the best actor award for his role in that movie. Joan Crawford was named best actress for her role in "Mildred Pierce."   
  • In 1956, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins entered the R&B chart, the first time a country artist had done that.   
  • In 1963, Jack Anglin of the country duo Johnny and Jack died in a car accident while en route to a memorial service for singer Patsy Cline. Cline had been killed in a plane crash a few days earlier.   
  • In 1969, "Pinball Wizard" by The Who, which was the first single from the album "Tommy," was released in Britain.   
  • In 1983, the country music channel The Nashville Network went on the air.   
  • In 1987, "Licensed to Ill" by The Beastie Boys became the first rap album to hit number one.   
  • In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled 2 Live Crew's parody of Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" was legal.   
  • In 1996, 20th Century Fox sued an Australian brewery for distributing Duff Beer, the brand favored by cartoon character Homer Simpson.   
  • In 1999, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick died of natural causes at his home outside London at the age of 70.   
  • In 2001, Pearl Jam set a record for the most simultaneous chart debuts from a single band in a single week on the Billboard album chart. They had seven of their American bootleg albums debut on the chart. The previous record holder: Pearl Jam, when five of their European bootlegs hit the album chart their first week out.   
  • In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first female to win the best director Oscar, for "The Hurt Locker."     
Today's Birthdays: 
  • TV personality Willard Scott is 79. 
  • Actor Daniel J. Travanti is 73. 
  • Bassist Chris White of The Zombies is 70. 
  • Singer Peter Wolf of The J. Geils Band is 67. 
  • Actor John Heard is 67. 
  • Keyboardist Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum is 67. 
  • Guitarist Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers is 61. 
  • Actor Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad," ''Malcolm In The Middle") is 57. 
  • Singer Taylor Dayne is 51. 
  • Actor Bill Brochtrup ("NYPD Blue") is 50. 
  • Comedian Wanda Sykes is 49. 
  • Drummer Randy Guss of Toad the Wet Sprocket is 46. 
  • Actress Rachel Weisz ("Constantine," ''The Mummy") is 42. 
  • Singer Sebastien Izambard of Il Divo is 40. 
  • Singer Hugo Ferreira of Tantric is 39. 
  • Actress Jenna Fisher ("The Office") is 39. 
  • Actor TJ Thyne ("Bones") is 38. 
  • Actress Laura Prepon ("Are You There, Chelsea?" ''That 70's Show") is 33. 

 

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