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April 18, 2021 GMT

On April 18, 1936, singing cowboy Gene Autry recorded the song “Back In The Saddle Again.”

In 1956, actor Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier (ren-YAY’) of Monaco in a civil ceremony. A church wedding took place the next day.

In 1957, Buddy Knox, who was in the Army Reserve, began six months of active duty. His hit at the time was “Party Doll.”

In 1966, “The Sound of Music” won the best picture and best director Academy Awards.

In 1981, Yes announced its breakup. Steve Howe and Geoff Downes went on to form Asia. Yes has since reunited.

In 1985, Wham’s “Make It Big” album became the first western pop album released in China.

In 1994, Roseanne Arnold filed for divorce from Tom Arnold. Her request was dropped, but she refiled less than a month later.

In 1996, musician Bernard Edwards of Chic (SHEEK) was found dead in a hotel room in Tokyo. He was 43.

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In 2015, Ringo Starr became the last Beatle to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Hooks is 84. Actor Hayley Mills is 75. Actor James Woods is 74. Actor Dorothy Lyman (“Mama’s Family”) is 74. Actor Cindy Pickett (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) is 74. Keyboardist Walt Richmond of The Tractors is 74. Bassist Jim Scholten of Sawyer Brown is 69. Actor Rick Moranis is 68. Actor Eric Roberts is 65. Actor Melody Thomas Scott (“Young and the Restless”) is 65. Actor John James (“Dynasty,” ″The Colbys”) is 65. Bassist Les Pattinson of Echo and the Bunnymen is 63. Actor Jane Leeves (“Hot In Cleveland,” ″Fraiser”) is 60. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is 59. Talk show host Conan O’Brien is 58. Actor Eric McCormack (“Will and Grace”) is 58. Actor Maria Bello is 54. Actor Mary Birdsong (“Reno 911!”) is 53. Actor David Hewlett (“Stargate: SG-1”) is 53. Actor-rapper Fredro Starr of Onyx (“Moesha”) is 50. Actor David Tennant (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) is 50. Guitarist Mark Tremonti of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 47. Singer Trina of Trina and Tamara is 47. Actor Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) is 45. Actor Bryce Johnson (“Pretty Little Liars”) is 44. TV personality Kourtney Kardashian is 42. Actor America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”) is 37. Actor Tom Hughes (“Victoria”) is 36. Actor Ellen Woglom (“Marvel’s Inhumans”) is 34. Actor Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) is 33. Actor Alia Shawkat (AL’-ee-ah SHAW’-kat) (“Arrested Development”) is 32. Actor Britt Robertson (“Under the Dome”) is 31. Actor Chloe Bennet (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” ″Nashville”) is 29. Singer Nathan Sykes of The Wanted is 28. Actor Moises Arias (“Hannah Montana”) is 27.