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Entertainment History

October 09, 2015 07:10 GMT

AM Prep-Entertainment History

On October ninth, 1940, John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England.

In 1973, Elvis and Priscilla Presley were divorced in Santa Monica, California. They had been married since May first, 1967, and had one child, Lisa Marie.

In 1975, Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, was born in New York.

In 1980, John Lennon celebrated his 40th birthday by releasing the single "(Just Like) Starting Over."

In 1985, moviemaker Orson Welles died. He was 70.

Also in 1985, Yoko Ono dedicated "Strawberry Fields" in New York's Central Park to the memory of John Lennon.

In 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of "Phantom of the Opera" opened in London. The $2.9 million show, based on a 1911 novel by Gaston Leroux, drew a six-minute standing ovation from the first night audience.

In 2011, Paul McCartney married Nancy Shevell in London.

Today's birthdays: Actor Fyvush Finkel ("Boston Public," "Picket Fences") is 93. R&B singer Nona Hendryx (LaBelle) is 71. Singer Jackson Browne is 67. Actor Robert Wuhl ("Arli$$") is 64. Manager-TV personality Sharon Osbourne ("The Osbournes") is 63. Actor Tony Shalhoub ("Monk," "Wings") is 62. Accordion player James Fearnley of The Pogues is 61. Actor Scott Bakula (BAK'-yoo-lah) is 61. Actor John O'Hurley ("Dancing With The Stars," "Seinfeld") is 61. Actor Michael Pare ("Eddie and the Cruisers") is 57. Singer-guitarist Kurt Neumann of The BoDeans is 53. Country singer Gary Bennett (BR549) is 51. Director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy") is 51. Singer P.J. Harvey is 46. Actor Steve Burns ("Blues Clues") is 42. Singer Sean Lennon is 40. Musician Lecrae is 36. Actor Zachery Ty Bryan ("Home Improvement") is 34. Actor Tyler James Williams ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 23. Country singer Scotty McCreery ("American Idol") is 22.

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