News

Today in entertainment history: July 7

Today in entertainment history: July 7

THIS DAY IN 2009:A star-studded memorial service was held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, 12 days after his death. Among those who paid tribute to Jackson included Usher, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. Photo: Associated Press

1954: Dewey Phillips of WHBQ in Memphis became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record. He premiered “That’s All Right,” and he also interviewed Elvis.

1968: The Yardbirds broke up. Guitarist Jimmy Page formed the New Yardbirds, which became Led Zeppelin.

1978: Morris the Cat of the “Nine Lives” cat food commercials was rescued by trainer Bob Martwick from the pound just a few minutes before he was to be put to sleep.

1980: The original lineup of Led Zeppelin gave its final show.

2009: A star-studded memorial service was held for Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, 12 days after his death. Among those who paid tribute to Jackson included Usher, Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah.

Today’s Birthdays: Bandleader Doc Severinsen is 88. Drummer Ringo Starr is 75. Bassist Jim Rodford (Argent) is 74. Singer-guitarist Warren Entner of the Grass Roots is 72. Actor Joe Spano is 69. Singer David Hodo (the construction worker) of The Village People is 68. Country singer Linda Williams is 68. Actress Shelley Duvall is 66. Actress Roz Ryan (“Amen”) is 64. Actor Billy Campbell (“Once and Again”) is 56. Bassist Mark White of the Spin Doctors is 53. Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard (“Ally McBeal”) is 52. Comedian Jim Gaffigan is 49. Bassist Ricky Kinchen of Mint Condition is 49. Actress Amy Carlson (“Blue Bloods”) is 47. Actress Jorja Fox (“CSI”) is 47. Actress Cree Summer (“A Different World”) is 46. Actor Troy Garity (“Barbershop”) is 42. Actress Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”) is 39. Actor Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) is 39. Actor Ross Malinger (“Sleepless in Seattle”) is 31. Drummer Ashton Irwin (5 Seconds to Summer) is 21.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Activists urge Kid Rock to ditch Confederate flag

kidrock

The rocker often displays the banner during his shows, but members of a civil rights group in his native Detroit, Michigan have asked him to stop using the flag.

in Weird

Insane stunt lifts Canadian man sky high

10-overlay4

Daniel Booria was charged with mischief after he tied more than 100 balloons to a lawn chair, strapped a parachute on his back, and set sail over the city.

in Sports, Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: NASCAR driver walks away from incredible wreck

21-overlay4

Austin Dillon walked away from a dramatic wreck at the finish line of the Daytona International Speedway and it was all caught on camera.

in Weird

Man posing as security guard steals $75K from Walmart

14-overlay3

The suspect was dressed in clothes similar to those of an armored truck employee and was able to walk out without raising suspicion.

in Weird

Police: Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

21-overlay2

A man celebrating the Fourth of July used his head as a launch pad.