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This weekend in entertainment history: Feb. 22 & 23

This weekend in entertainment history: Feb. 22 & 23

THE FAB FOUR: On this day in history the Beatles returned home after their first visit to America as a band. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the Hollywood headlines of years past.

February 22

1964: The Beatles arrived in London following their first visit to the U.S.

1976: Original Supremes member Florence Ballard died in Detroit of coronary thrombosis at age 32. Ballard and her children were living on welfare at the time of her death.

1978: The Police starred in a TV commercial for Wrigley’s chewing gum. The ad was made a few months before the band’s single “Roxanne” was released in the UK.

1989: The first heavy metal Grammy was given out. Jethro Tull won.

1993: CBS announced that the network had purchased the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York for David Letterman’s new TV show. At that point, Letterman was rumored to be moving his program to Los Angeles.

2001: Steely Dan won their first Grammys ever, including album of the year for “Two Against Nature.” They beat out Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which had generated controversy over its lyrics.

Today’s Birthdays: Announcer Don Pardo is 96. Actor Paul Dooley is 86. Director Jonathan Demme is 70. Actor John Ashton is 66. Actress Julie Walters (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” ”Billy Elliot”) is 64. Actress Ellen Greene (“Pushing Daisies”) is 63. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 55. Comedian Rachel Dratch (“30 Rock,” ”Saturday Night Live”) is 48. Actor Paul Lieberstein (“The Office”) is 47. Actress Jeri Ryan (“Boston Public,” ”Star Trek: Voyager”) is 46. TV co-host Clinton Kelly (“The Chew” ”What Not to Wear”) is 45. Actor Thomas Jane (“The Sweetest Thing”) is 45. Actress-singer Lea Solanga is 43. Actor Jose Solano (“Baywatch”) is 43. Drummer Scott Phillips of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 41. Actress Drew Barrymore is 39. Singer James Blunt is 37. Singer Tom Higgenson of Plain White T’s is 35. Actor Zach Roerig (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 29. Actor Daniel E. Smith (“John Q.”) is 24.


February 23

1965: Stan Laurel of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74.

1978: At the 20th annual Grammy Awards, The Eagles won Record of the Year for “Hotel California.” “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac won the Album of the Year award.

1988: Michael Jackson kicked off his first solo U.S. tour in Kansas City.

1993: Actor Anthony Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

2003: Norah Jones won five Grammys, one for every category in which she was nominated, including album of the year. The Grammys show opened with Simon and Garfunkel, the first time they had performed together in a decade.

2004: The finale of “Sex and the City” aired.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-director Peter Fonda is 74. Musician Johnny Winter is 70. Steel guitarist Rusty Young of Poco is 68. Actress Patricia Richardson (“Home Improvement”) is 63. Guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith is 62. Singer Howard Jones is 59. Guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensryche is 52. Actress Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”) is 49. Actor Marc Price (“Family Ties”) is 46. Actress Niecy Nash (“Reno 911!”) is 44. Bassist Jeff Beres of Sister Hazel is 43. Guitarist-keyboardist Lasse (LOS) Johansson of The Cardigans is 41. Actress Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 38. Actor Josh Gad (“Frozen,” ”Jobs”) is 33, Actor Aziz Ansari (“Parks and Recreation”) is 31. Actress Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” ”The Adjustment Bureau”) is 31. Actress Dakota Fanning (“The Twilight Saga”) is 20.

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