Today in Entertainment History
On Feb. 21, 1948, Little Jimmy Dickens made his Grand Ole Opry debut. When he died in 2015 at the age of 94, he was the oldest living member of the Opry at the time. In 1985, Whitney Houston released her self-titled debut album.In 1990, Milli Vanilli won the Grammy for best new artist. The duo later gave up the Grammy in connection with a lip-synching scandal.In 1992, the Run-DMC rape trial ended abruptly in Cleveland when the judge threw out the case. The woman who accused Joseph Simmons, known as Run, of raping her admitted she had no evidence to support her claim.In 1995, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band for the first time in seven years.In 2019, musician Peter Tork of The Monkees died in Connecticut from a rare cancer of the salivary glands. He was 77.
- Today's Birthdays: Actor Gary Lockwood ("2001: A Space Odyssey") is 85. Actor-director Richard Beymer ("West Side Story," "Twin Peaks") is 81. Actor Peter McEnery is 82. Record company executive David Geffen is 79. Actor Tyne Daly is 76. Actor Anthony Daniels (C3P0 in "Star Wars" films) is 76. Keyboardist Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) is 73. Actor Christine Ebersole is 69. Actor William Petersen ("C.S.I.") is 69. Actor Kelsey Grammer is 67. Singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 64. Actor Kim Coates ("Bad Blood," "Sons of Anarchy") is 64. Actor Jack Coleman ("Heroes") is 64. Actor Christopher Atkins is 61. Actor William Baldwin is 59. Actor Aunjanue Ellis ("Quantico") is 53. Country singer Eric Heatherly is 52. Bassist Eric Wilson (Sublime) is 52. Bassist Tad Kinchla of Blues Traveler is 49. Singer Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops is 45. Actor Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt") is 43. Actor Jennifer Love Hewitt is 43. Comedian-director Jordan Peele of Key and Peele is 43. Actor Brendan Sexton the Third ("Boys Don't Cry") is 42. Opera/pop singer Charlotte Church is 36. Actor Ashley Greene ("Twilight") is 35. Actor Elliot Page ("Inception," "Juno") is 35. Actor Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical," "Jump In!") is 33. Actor Hayley Orrantia (or-AN'-tee-ah) ("The Goldbergs"/former contestant "The X Factor") is 28. Actor Sophie Turner ("Game of Thrones") is 26.