Entertainment History

August 31, 2015 15:21 GMT

(Following Advance for Use Thursday, Sept. 10)


On Sept. 10, 1955, "Gunsmoke" premiered on CBS. "Gunsmoke" began on radio in 1952. The program ran for nearly 20 years on TV.

In 1964, Rod Stewart recorded his first single, a version of Willie Dixon's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl."

In 1965, "The Jack Paar Show" had its final broadcast. The studio audience consisted of one: Paar's dog.

In 1974, the original New York Dolls split up. They have since reunited.

In 1990, Jessica Tandy and her husband Hume Cronyn received National Medals of the Arts at the White House, along with B.B. King and Beverly Sills.

In 1993, "The X-Files" made its debut on Fox.

In 1996, Sheryl Crow's self-titled album was banned in Wal-Mart because of the song "Love Is A Good Thing," which mentions children killing each other "with a gun they bought at the Wal-Mart discount stores."

In 1998, some Hindu groups criticized Madonna's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. She wore a see-through shirt and a Hindu facial marking while performing "Ray of Light."

In 2000, "Cats" was performed for the last time on Broadway, after an 18-year run.

In 2002, the Russian space agency informed NASA it was not taking Lance Bass of 'N Sync on a mission to the international space station. Bass had failed to come up with the $20 million fee, payable in advance.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Greg Mullavey ("Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") is 82. Country singer Tommy Overstreet is 78. Jazz vibrophonist Roy Ayers is 75. Actor Tom Ligon ("Oz," "Another World") is 75. Singer Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night is 73. Singer Jose Feliciano is 70. Actress Judy Geeson ("Mad About You") is 67. Guitarist Joe Perry of Aerosmith is 65. Actress Amy Irving is 62. Director Chris Columbus is 57. Actor Colin Firth is 55. Singer-guitarist David Lowery of Cracker is 55. Drummer Robin Goodridge of Bush is 50. Guitarist Stevie D. of Buckcherry is 49. Singer-guitarist Miles Zuniga of Fastball is 49. Rapper Big Daddy Kane is 47. Director Guy Ritchie is 47. Actor Johnathan Schaech (SHEHK) ("To Appomattox," "That Thing You Do!") is 46. Actor Ryan Phillippe (FIHL'-ihp-ee) is 41. Bassist Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) is 35. Ballerina Misty Copeland is 33. Guitarist Matthew Followill of Kings of Leon is 31. Singer Ashley Monroe of Pistol Annies is 29.

(Above for release Thursday, Sept. 10)

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