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Today in Entertainment History

Today in Entertainment History

By The Associated Press undefined

  • On June 18, 1977, a gang armed with knives slashed the face and hands of Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten. They apparently objected to the band's song "God Save The Queen." The next day, guitarist Paul Cook was beaten up. Rotten was attacked again three days after his first attack.
  • In 1980, "The Blues Brothers" movie opened. Music stars making cameo appearances included James Brown, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.
  • In 1987, a woman sued Motley Crue for $5,000, claiming she lost part of her hearing because the concert was too loud. The case was settled out of court.
  • Also in 1987, Bruce Springsteen officially separated from his wife, model-actor Julianne Phillips, after barely two years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized in March 1989.
  • In 2004, David Bowie was hit in the eye with a lollipop thrown onto the stage while he was performing in Oslo, Norway. He was not seriously hurt.
  • In 2011, sax player Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band died from complications from a stroke. He was 69.

Today's Birthdays: Musician Paul McCartney is 80. Actor Constance McCashin ("Knots Landing") is 75. Actor Linda Thorson ("The Avengers") is 75. Keyboardist John Evans (The Box Tops) is 74. Actor Isabella Rossellini is 70. Actor Carol Kane is 70. Actor Brian Benben ("Private Practice") is 66. Actor Andrea Evans ("The Bold and the Beautiful") is 65. Singer Alison Moyet (moy-YAY') is 61. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) is 59. Country singer-guitarist Tim Hunt (Yankee Grey) is 55. Singer Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men is 51. Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is 49. Rapper Silkk The Shocker is 47. Actor Alana de la Garza ("Law and Order") is 46. Country singer Blake Shelton is 46. Guitarist Steven Chen of Airborne Toxic Event is 44. Actor David Giuntoli (jin-TOH'-lee) ("Grimm") is 42. Drummer Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots is 34. Actor-singer Renee Olstead ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Still Standing") is 33. Actor Jacob Anderson ("Game of Thrones") is 32.