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This weekend in entertainment history: March 1 & 2

This weekend in entertainment history: March 1 & 2

QUEEN LATIFAH: Rap singer and actress Queen Latifah gestures next to a poster of herself at a New York hotel May 12, 1998. Her newest project is a CD, "Order in the Court," on her own label, Flavor Unit. Photo: Associated Press/Yukio Gion

March 1

1968: Johnny Cash and June Carter were married in Franklin, Kentucky.

1969: Doors lead singer Jim Morrison was charged with several offenses after allegedly exposing himself on stage during a concert in Miami. He was found guilty of exposure and profanity charges in 1970. His sentence was on appeal when he died in 1971. Florida’s Clemency Board pardoned Morrison in December 2010.

1972: Singer Merle Haggard was pardoned by California Governor Ronald Reagan. Haggard had served time for attempted burglary.

1991: Gloria Estefan opened her first tour after suffering a broken back in a bus accident, with a show in Miami.

1993: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel got together for a concert to help needy children in Los Angeles. They had reunited only a few times in the previous two decades.

1996: Rapper Queen Latifah pleaded guilty to carrying a loaded gun in her car. She was fined and ordered to make a donation to a boys and girls club.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Robert Clary (“Hogan’s Heroes”) is 88. Singer Harry Belafonte is 87. Actor Robert Conrad is 79. Singer Mike D’Abo of Manfred Mann is 70. Singer Roger Daltrey is 70. Actor Alan Thicke (“Growing Pains”) is 67. Actor-director Ron Howard is 60. Country singer Janis Oliver Cummins of Sweethearts of the Rodeo is 60. Actress Catherine Bach (“The Dukes of Hazzard”) is 60. Actor Tim Daly is 58. Keyboardist Jon Carroll (Starland Vocal Band) is 57. Bassist Bill Leen (Gin Blossoms) is 52. Actor Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”) is 51. Actor Chris Eigeman (“Gilmore Girls,” ”Malcolm in the Middle”) is 49. Actor George Eads (“C.S.I.”) is 47. Actor Javier Bardem is 45. Actor Jack Davenport (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” ”Smash”) is 41. Guitarist Ryan Peake of Nickelback is 41. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“NYPD Blue,” ”Saved By the Bell”) is 40. Singer Tate Stevens (winner of the second season of “The X Factor”) is 39. “Blues Clues” host Donovan Patton is 36. Singer Sammie is 27. Actress Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) is 21. Singer Justin Bieber is 20.


March 2

1933: The movie “King Kong” had its world premiere in New York.

1967: Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers In The Night” was named Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The Song of the Year award went to John Lennon and Paul McCartney for “Michelle.”

1989: Madonna’s Pepsi commercial premiered on TV. It was set to her new single “Like A Prayer.” The ad was pulled a few days later because of its controversial religious images.

1999: Singer Dusty Springfield died at her home in outside London after battling breast cancer. She was 59.

2006: Singer Gary Glitter was convicted of obscene acts with two young Vietnamese girls. He was sentenced to prison.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor John Cullum (“Northern Exposure”) is 84. Author Tom Wolfe is 84. Author John Irving is 72. Actress Cassie Yates is 63. Actress-comedian Laraine Newman is 62. Singer Jay Osmond of The Osmonds is 59. Drummer John Cowsill of The Cowsills is 58. Country singer Larry Stewart of Restless Heart is 55. Singer Jon Bon Jovi is 52. Actor Daniel Craig (“Skyfall”) is 46. Singer Chris Martin of Coldplay is 37. Actor Robert Iler (“The Sopranos”) is 29. Actress Nathalie Emmanuel (“Game of Thrones”) is 25.

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