Entertainment History

April 26, 2015 07:07 GMT

On April 26, 1956, the first Godzilla movie, "Godzilla, King of the Monsters," premiered in New York.

In 1969, Humble Pie was formed.

In 1977, the New York disco Studio 54 opened. It fast became the "in" place to be among the glitterati.

In 1982, singer Rod Stewart was mugged in Los Angeles in broad daylight. He was not hurt.

Also in 1982, Joe Strummer of The Clash disappeared for three weeks, forcing the band to cancel their tour of the U.K. Strummer later explained that he had doubts about his career, so he went to Paris and had been "living like a bum."

In 1984, jazz great Count Basie died of cancer at age 80. He's best remembered for songs like "Jumpin' At The Woodside" and "One O'Clock Jump."

In 1991, "General Hospital" star Emily McLaughlin died of cancer.

In 1989, Lucille Ball died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 77.

In 1995, singer Bobby Brown was charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct following a nightclub fight in Orlando, Florida.

In 2013, country singer George Jones died at the age of 81. He was in the middle of a farewell tour.

Today's Birthdays: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 82. Guitarist-songwriter Duane Eddy is 77. Singer Maurice Williams of Maurice and the Zodiacs is 77. Singer Bobby Rydell is 73. Singer Gary Wright is 72. Actor Giancarlo Esposito ("Revolution," "Breaking Bad") is 57. Drummer Roger Taylor of Duran Duran is 55. Actress Joan Chen ("Twin Peaks") is 54. Drummer Chris Mars of The Replacements is 54. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 53. Actor Jet Li (LEE) is 52. Guitarist Jimmy Stafford of Train is 51. Actor-comedian Kevin James ("The King of Queens") is 50. Fiddler Joe Caverlee of Yankee Grey is 47. Singer T-Boz of TLC is 45. Bassist Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts is 44. Bassist Michael Jeffers of Pinmonkey is 43. Drummer Jose Pasillas of Incubus is 39. Actor Jason Earles ("Hannah Montana") is 38. Actor Tom Welling ("Smallville") is 38. Actor Pablo Schreiber ("Weeds") is 37. Actor Nyambi Nyambi ("Mike and Molly") is 36. Actress Jordana Brewster ("The Fast and The Furious") is 35. Actress Marnette Patterson ("Something So Right") is 35. Actor Channing Tatum ("Step Up") is 35.

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