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Entertainment History

February 12, 2016 08:10 GMT

Today in Entertainment History (( ); )

On February 12th, 1924, George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in New York.

In 1940, the radio play "The Adventures of Superman" began airing on the Mutual Network.

In 1956, Screamin' Jay Hawkins recorded "I Put A Spell On You" in New York City.

In 1957, The Coasters recorded "Young Blood," which became the group's first big hit.

In 1961, "Shop Around" by The Miracles became the first million-seller for Motown Records.

In 1967, police raided the English country home of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in a search for drugs. Singer Mick Jagger was there at the time. They were charged three months later.

In 1977, The Police recorded their first single, "Fall Out."

In 1968, Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle to perform a free show for local high school students.

In 1983, Eubie Blake, who wrote such songs as "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and "Memories of You," died in Brooklyn, New York, five days after turning 100.

In 1990, M.C. Hammer released "Please Hammer Don't Hurt `Em," featuring the hit single, "U Can't Touch This."

In 1993, talk show host Joan Rivers swapped jobs with one of her viewers and worked as a flight attendant on a flight from New York to Pittsburgh. She spilled a drink on a passenger.

In 2000, "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz died at his home in San Francisco after battling colon cancer. He was 77. He died the day before his last "Peanuts" strip was published.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Franco Zeffirelli is 93. Sportscaster Joe Garagiola is 90. Actor Joe Don Baker is 80. Country singer Moe Bandy is 72. Actress Maud Adams ("Octopussy") is 71. Actor Cliff DeYoung is 70. Actor Michael Ironside is 66. Guitarist Steve Hackett (Genesis) is 66. Singer Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) is 64. Actress Joanna Kerns is 63. Actor-talk show host Arsenio Hall is 60. Actor Raphael Sbarge ("Once Upon A Time") is 52. Actor Josh Brolin ("True Grit," `'No Country For Old Men") is 48. Singer Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips is 48. Bassist Jim Creeggan of Barenaked Ladies is 46. Keyboardist Keri Lewis of Mint Condition is 45. Actor Jesse Spencer ("House") is 37. Actress Sarah Lancaster ("Chuck") is 36. Actress Christina Ricci is 36. Actress Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place") is 23. Actresses Baylie and Rylie Cregut ("Raising Hope") are 6.

 
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