Today in Entertainment History: Presley left for Army duty
On Sept. 19, 1958, Elvis Presley set sail for Germany, where he would serve a tour of duty for the U.S. Army. He arrived in West Germany on October first.
In 1973, singer-songwriter Gram Parsons died under mysterious circumstances in Joshua Tree, California. Parsons played with The Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers. His coffin was later stolen by two of his associates and set on fire.
In 1981, singers Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for a free concert in New York's Central Park. More than 400,000 people turned out for the show, which was recorded and released as a double album.
In 1985, musician Frank Zappa appeared before a Senate panel to protest a proposal to rate the lyrics of rock music based on sexual and violent content.
In 1989, the Library of Congress announced the first 25 of 75 films named to the new national film registry. The registry was established to get high-quality copies of films to make sure they would be preserved. The first group included "Gone With The Wind," "The Maltese Falcon" and "Citizen Kane."
In 1998, singer Fabian married former Miss Pennsylvania Andrea Patrick in Farmington, Pennsylvania.
In 2008, a private plane carrying Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM crashed shortly after takeoff outside Columbia, South Carolina. Barker and DJ AM were seriously hurt. Four others were killed.
In 2016, actor Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from actor Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Rosemary Harris is 95. Actor David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and "NCIS") is 89. Singer Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers is 82. Singer Sylvia Tyson of Ian and Sylvia is 82. Singer-songwriter Paul Williams is 82. Singer Freda Payne is 80. Singer David Bromberg is 77. Actor Randolph Mantooth ("Emergency") is 77. Guitarist/music video director Lol (LOWL) Creme of 10cc (ten-see-see) is 75. Actor Jeremy Irons is 74. Actor-model Twiggy Lawson is 73. TV personality Joan Lunden is 72. Actor Scott Colomby ("Jack Frost," "Porky's" films) is 70. Guitarist-producer Nile Rodgers of Chic (SHEEK) is 70. Singer-actor Rex Smith is 67. Musician Lita Ford is 64. Director Kevin Hooks is 64. Actor Carolyn McCormick ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") is 63. TV chef Mario Batali is 62. Comedian Cheri Oteri (oh-TEHR'-ee) ("Saturday Night Live") is 60. Country singer Jeff Bates is 59. Country singer Trisha Yearwood is 58. News anchor Soledad O'Brien is 56. Singer Esperonza Griffin (Society of Soul) is 53. TV chef Michael Symon is 53. Actor Victor Williams ("The Affair," "King of Queens") is 52. Actor Sanaa Lathan (suh-NAH' LAY'-thun) ("The Cleveland Show") is 51. Singer A. Jay Popoff of Lit is 49. Comedian-talk show host Jimmy Fallon is 48. Home-improvement host Carter Oosterhouse ("Red Hot and Green," "Trading Spaces") is 46. Actor-TV host Alison Sweeney ("Days of Our Lives," "The Biggest Loser") is 46. Singers Tegan (TEE'-gan) and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara are 42. Actor Columbus Short ("Scandal") is 40. Rapper Eamon (AY'-mon) is 39. Actor Kevin Zegers ("Transamerica," "Air Bud") is 38. Actor Danielle Panabaker (TV's "The Flash") is 35. Actor Katrina Bowden ("The Bold and the Beautiful," "30 Rock") is 34.