AM-Prep-Today in Entertainment History
On May 16, 1946, the musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” featuring songs by Irving Berlin, opened on Broadway. Ethel Merman starred in the show.
In 1960, Berry Gordy formed Motown Records.
In 1966, the Beach Boys released their groundbreaking album, “Pet Sounds.”
In 1969, Pete Townshend of The Who spent a night in jail in New York after being charged with assault. The Who was performing when a fire broke out next door. A plainclothes policeman jumped on stage to warn the crowd, but Townshend, not knowing it was a policeman, booted him off stage.
In 1984, comedian Andy Kaufman died in Los Angeles at the age of 35.
In 1985, actress Margaret Hamilton died at the age of 82. She’s probably best known for playing the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.”
In 1986, country singer Johnny Paycheck was convicted of shooting and wounding a man after an argument in a bar in Hillsboro, Ohio. He was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison. He was released in 1991.
In 1990, Sammy Davis Junior died in Los Angeles at age 64 after a long battle with throat cancer. “Muppets” creator Jim Henson died that same day in New York. Henson was 53.
In 2000, Prince announced he was dropping the unpronounceable symbol for his name and going back to being called Prince.
In 2002, the film “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” opened.
In 2005, the series finale of “Everybody Loves Raymond” aired on CBS.
In 2010, rock musician Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer. He was 67.
Today’s Birthdays: Jazz drummer Billy Cobham is 75. Actor Danny Trejo is 75. Actor Pierce Brosnan is 66. Actress Debra Winger is 64. Actress Mare Winningham is 60. Violinist Boyd Tinsley of The Dave Matthews Band is 55. Bassist Krist Novoselic (noh-voh-SEL’- ik) (Nirvana) is 54. Singer Janet Jackson is 53. Actor-singer Scott Reeves (“Nashville,” ″General Hospital”) is 53. Actor Brian (BREE’-un) F. O’Byrne (“Million Dollar Baby”) is 52. Singer Ralph Tresvant is 51. Actor David Boreanaz (“Bones,” ″Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) is 50. Political correspondent Tucker Carlson is 50. Actress Tracey Gold (“Growing Pains”) is 50. TV personality Bill Rancic (RAN’-sik) (“America Now,” ″The Apprentice”) is 48. Country singer Rick Trevino is 48. Actor Khary (KAHR’-ee) Payton (“The Walking Dead”) is 47. Rapper Special Ed is 47. Actress Tori Spelling is 46. Actor Sean Carrigan (“The Young and the Restless”) is 45. Rapper B. Slade (A.K.A. Tonex (toh-NAY’)) is 44. Actress Melanie Lynskey (“Two and a Half Men”) is 42. Actor Joseph Morgan (“The Originals,” ″Vampire Diaries”) is 38. DJ Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers is 34. Actress Megan Fox (“Transformers”) is 33. Actor Drew Roy (“Falling Skies,” ″Hannah Montana”) is 33. Actor Jermaine Fowler (“Superior Donuts”) is 31. Actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster (“Game of Thrones”) is 29. Actor Marc John Jefferies (“The Tracy Morgan Show”) is 29. Actor Miles Heizer (HY’-zer) (“13 Reasons Why,” ″Parenthood”) is 25.