Entertainment History

August 02, 2014 07:12 GMT

On Aug. 2, 1958, Johnny Cash's contract with Sun Records expired. He switched labels to Columbia and stayed with them for 28 years.

In 1961, The Beatles began an engagement as the regular headliners at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The band performed more than 300 times in the course of two years.

In 1969, Bob Dylan showed up unexpectedly to his 10th year high school reunion in Hibbing, Minnesota. He and his wife left early after a drunk tried to pick a fight with him.

In 1972, original Association member Brian Cole died in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose.

In 1974, a funeral was held in Hollywood for Mama Cass Elliot. Her body was cremated and her ashes were buried in Maryland.

In 1982, singer Jose Feliciano married Susan Omillian in California.

In 1987, Billy Joel played a concert in Leningrad. Audience members carried Joel out on their shoulders at the end, and about 200 chairs were destroyed by concert-goers who jumped up and down on them.

In 1991, Rick James and his girlfriend, Tanya Hijazi, were arrested in Los Angeles and charged with sexually assaulting and torturing a woman.

In 1998, puppeteer Shari Lewis died of uterine cancer in Los Angeles. She was 65. Her best known puppets were Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse.

In 2010, singer Alicia Keys married music producer Swizz Beatz at a private home on the Mediterranean Sea.

Today's Birthdays: Keyboardist Garth Hudson of The Band is 77. Director Wes Craven is 75. Singer Kathy Lennon of The Lennon Sisters is 71. Actor Max Wright ("Alf," "Norm") is 71. Actress Joanna Cassidy is 69. Actress Kathryn Harrold is 64. Actor Butch Patrick ("The Munsters") is 61. Singer Mojo Nixon is 57. Actress Victoria Jackson is 55. Actress Apollonia is 55. Actress Cynthia Stevenson ("Men In Trees," "Hope and Gloria") is 52. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 50. Director-actor Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back") is 44. Actor Sam Worthington ("Terminator Salvation") is 38. Actor Edward Furlong is 37. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 22.

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