Today in entertainment history: April 30

Today in entertainment history: April 30

THIS DAY IN 1997: Ellen DeGeneres' character came out as a lesbian on the sitcom "Ellen." Photo: Associated Press

1968: Blood, Sweat and Tears founder Al Kooper, along with saxophonist Randy Brecker, left the band after recording the group’s first album, “Child is Father to the Man.”

1983:Blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters died in suburban Chicago at the age of 68.

1997: Ellen DeGeneres’ character came out as a lesbian on the sitcom “Ellen.”

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Cloris Leachman is 89. Singer Willie Nelson is 82. Actor Burt Young is 75. Singer Bobby Vee is 72. Actor Perry King (“Riptide”) is 67. Singer Merril Osmond of The Osmonds is 62. Director Jane Campion is 61. Actor Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”) is 50. Singer J.R. Richards of Dishwalla is 48. Rapper Turbo B of Snap is 48. Guitarist Clark Vogeler of The Toadies is 46. Singer Chris “Choc” Dalyrimple of Soul for Real is 44. Guitarist Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down is 44. Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson is 44. Singer Akon is 42. Singer Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees is 42. Actor Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory,” ”Roseanne”) is 40. Actor Kunal Nayyar (“The Big Bang Theory”) is 34. Rapper Lloyd Banks is 33. Actress Kirsten Dunst is 33. Country singer Tyler Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 31. Actress Dianna Agron (“Glee”) is 29.

Latest Stories

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Overturned Vehicle Adds To 29 Woes

Albemarle Police Squad Car

An overturned vehicle adds to the traffic woes on 29 North.

in Entertainment

‘Pan’ taps origins of Peter Pan’s 100-year pop culture adventure


In the century since Scottish author J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan for a stage play then a book, the Neverland universe has inspired movies, books, TV shows, plays, video games and even a pop psychology syndrome describing emotionally immature men.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, UVA

Man Charged With Assaulting Officer

Simpson Tsaye Lemar 100815

Tsaye Lemar Simpson faces several charges, including assaulting a police officer.

in Entertainment

Keanu Reeves wants to have a third ‘Bill & Ted’ adventure


The "Matrix" star says a script for the third installment of the "excellent" time-traveling franchise is in the works.

in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA, Virginia Assembly

State Revises Accreditation Standards

Cannaday Billy 092812 (sent to us)

Virginia's Board of Education has revised its standards for school accreditation.