1961: Bob Dylan made his first professional appearance at a club in New York’s Greenwich Village.
1965: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones shared the bill at the “New Musical Express” poll winners’ contest in London.
1970: Paul McCartney announced what he called a temporary break from The Beatles.
1981: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli got married. They separated in 2002.
1983: “Gandhi” was the big winner at the Academy Awards, taking best picture and director. “Up Where We Belong” from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman” won the best song award.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Joel Grey is 83. Actress Louise Lasser is 76. Actor Peter Riegart is 68. Actor Bill Irwin is 65. Country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is 58. Guitarist Nigel Pulsford (BusH) is 54. Country singer Steve Azar is 51. Singer Lisa Stansfield is 49. Bassist Dylan Keefe of Marcy Playground is 45. Rapper David Banner is 41. Drummer Chris Gaylor of All-American Rejects is 36. Singer Joss Stone is 28. Actress Kaitlyn Jenkins (“Bunheads”) is 23.
1954: Bill Haley and His Comets recorded “Rock Around The Clock” for Decca Records. It’s considered the first rock and roll song to top the charts.
1992: The Euro Disneyland theme park opened in France.
1997: The Fugees played the first of two homecoming concerts in Haiti to raise money for Haitian refugees. The concerts ended up costing more money than they raised.
Today’s Birthdays: Musician Herbie Hancock is 75. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 71. Actor Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family,” ”Married…With Children”) is 69. Actor Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”) is 68. Talk show host David Letterman is 68. Singer-actor David Cassidy is 65. Singer J.D. Nicholas of The Commodores is 63. Singer Pat Travers is 61. Actor Andy Garcia is 59. Actress Suzzanne Douglas (“The Parent ‘Hood”) is 58. Country singer Vince Gill is 58. Guitarist Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnymen is 57. Singer Art Alexakis of Everclear is 53. Singer Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls is 51. Singer Nicholas Hexum of 311 is 45. Actor Nicholas Brendon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 44. Actress Shannen Doherty is 44. Actress Sarah Jane Morris (“NCIS”) is 38. Bassist Guy Berryman of Coldplay is 37. Actress Claire Danes is 36. Actress Jennifer Morrison (“Once Upon A Time,” ”House”) is 36. Actor Matt McGorry (How To Get Away With Murder,” ”Orange Is The New Black”) is 29. Singer-guitarist Brendon Urie of Panic At The Disco is 28.