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Today in entertainment history: Feb. 22

Today in entertainment history: Feb. 22

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

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: Today’s Birthdays: Actor Paul Dooley is 88. Singer Marni Nixon (“West Side Story,” ”My Fair Lady”) is 86. Director Jonathan Demme is 72. Actor John Ashton is 68. Actress Julie Walters (“Harry Potter” films, “Mamma Mia!”) is 66. Actress Ellen Greene (“Pushing Daisies”) is 65. Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 57. Comedian Rachel Dratch (“30 Rock,” ”Saturday Night Live”) is 50. Actor Paul Lieberstein (“The Office”) is 49. Actress Jeri Ryan (“Boston Public,” ”Star Trek: Voyager”) is 48. TV co-host Clinton Kelly (“The Chew” ”What Not to Wear”) is 47. Actor Thomas Jane (“The Sweetest Thing”) is 47. Actress-singer Lea Solanga is 45. Actor Jose Solano (“Baywatch”) is 45. Drummer Scott Phillips of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 43. Singer James Blunt is 42. Actress Drew Barrymore is 41. Singer Tom Higgenson of Plain White T’s is 37. Actor Zach Roerig (“The Vampire Diaries”) is 31. Actor Daniel E. Smith (“John Q.”) is 26.

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