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Entertainment History

March 30, 2015 15:23 GMT

(Following Advance for Use Sunday, April 5)

On April 5, 1958, the "Greatest Show of Stars" tour opened in Norfolk, Va. Sam Cooke was the headliner. Other acts included The Silhouettes and The Royal Teens.

In 1961, Bob Dylan played his first paid gig in New York, at the Loeb Music Center.

In 1964, The Searchers appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show," becoming the second British Invasion group to appear on the show, after The Beatles.

In 1965, "My Fair Lady" won the best picture Academy Award and the best actor award for Rex Harrison.

In 1980, R.E.M. played their first paid gig at a party given by a friend of the band.

In 1981, Canned Heat vocalist Bob "Bear" Hite died of a heart attack in Venice, Calif. He was 36.

In 1985, "We Are The World" by USA for Africa was played simultaneously in a special Good Friday broadcast on more than 5,000 radio stations in the U.S.

In 1991, Katie Couric started her first day on the job as co-host on NBC's "Today" show.

In 1994, Nirvana singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain fatally shot himself above his garage in Seattle. His body wasn't found for three days.

In 1996, Elizabeth Taylor split up with husband Larry Fortensky after four years of marriage.

In 2002, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was acquitted in his air-rage trial. Buck was accused of going on a drunken rampage aboard a British Airways flight from Seattle to London.

In 2005, ABC News anchor Peter Jennings announced he had lung cancer. He died four months later.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer Tommy Cash is 75. Actor Michael Moriarty ("Law and Order") is 74. Singer Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 73. Actor Max Gail ("Sons and Daughters," "Barney Miller") is 72. Actress Jane Asher is 69. Singer Agnetha (ag-NEE'-tah) Faltskog of Abba is 65. Actor Mitch Pileggi ("The X Files") is 63. Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam is 49. Country singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry is 48. Singer Paula Cole is 47. Actress Krista Allen ("Baywatch," "What About Brian") is 44. Country singer Pat Green is 43. Rapper-producer Pharrell (fah-REL') Williams is 42. Rapper Juicy J (Three 6 Mafia) is 40. Mike Eli (Eli Brown Band) is 34. Lily James ("Downton Abbey," "Cinderella") is 26.

(Above for release Sunday, April 5)

Copyright 2015, The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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