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Today in Entertainment History, March12, 2013

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According to the AP, on March 12th:

  • In 1955, saxophone player Charlie "Bird" Parker died in New York of heart failure. He was 34. He's known as the inventor of bebop.   
  • In 1958, singer Billie Holiday was given a year's probation on a narcotics possession charge. She died the next year of alcohol and drug abuse.   
  • In 1969, Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman were married in a civil ceremony in London.   
  • Also in 1969, "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel was named Song and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards, beating out "Hey Jude" by The Beatles.   
  • In 1974, John Lennon got into a fight with a photographer outside a club in Los Angeles. Lennon and Harry Nilsson had been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and had been thrown out of the club.   
  • In 1998, Cathay Pacific airline banned Liam Gallagher of Oasis from its flights after he threatened to stab a pilot.     
Today's birthdays:
  • Actress Barbara Feldon ("Get Smart") is 80. 
  • Singer Al Jarreau is 73. 
  • Singer-actress Liza Minnelli is 67. 
  • Singer James Taylor is 65. 
  • Keyboardist Bill Payne of Little Feat is 64. 
  • Actor Jon Provost ("Lassie") is 63. 
  • Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 57. 
  • Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jacksons is 56. 
  • Actor Jerry Levine is 56. 
  • Actor Courtney B. Vance is 53. 
  • Actor Titus Welliver ("Deadwood," ''Brooklyn South") is 52. 
  • Actress Julia Campbell is 50. 
  • Guitarist Graham Coxon of Blur is 44. 
  • Actor Samm Levine ("Freaks and Geeks") is 31. 
  • Actress Kendall Applegate ("Desperate Housewives") is 14.


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