Today in entertainment history: Aug. 15

Today in entertainment history: Aug. 15

TODAY IN HOLLYWOOD HISTORY: Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy, and Jack Haley as the Tin Woodman, sing in this scene from "The Wizard of Oz," distributed by Warner Bros. The film premiered on this date in 1939. Photo: Associated Press

1939: “The Wizard of Oz” premiered in Hollywood.

1958: Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago got married in a private ceremony at his parents’ home in Lubbock, Texas. Holly and Santiago had met only two months before. He died in a plane crash the following February.

1965: The Beatles performed before a capacity crowd at New York’s Shea Stadium, which, at the time, set a record for the largest audience to gather for a concert.

1969: The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair opened in upstate New York. During three days, dozens of acts performed before the crowd that had gathered on Max Yasgur’s farm.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Rose Marie (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) is 91. Actor Mike Connors is 89. Actress Lori Nelson is 81. Actress Pat Priest (“The Munsters”) is 78. Drummer Pete York of The Spencer Davis Group is 72. Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee is 70. Songwriter Jimmy Webb is 68. Singer-guitarist Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers is 66. Actress Phyllis Smith (“The Office”) is 65. Actress Tess Harper is 64. Actor Larry Mathews (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) is 59. Actor Zeljko Ivanek (“Heroes,” ”Homicide”) is 57. Actor Rondell Sheridan (“That’s So Raven,” ”Cory in the House”) is 56. Singer-keyboardist Matt Johnson of The The is 53. Actor Peter Hermann (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) is 47. Actress Debra Messing (“Will and Grace”) is 46. Actor Anthony Anderson (“Barbershop”) is 44. Actor Ben Affleck is 42. Actress Natasha Henstridge (“The Whole Nine Yards,” ”Species”) is 40. Singer Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is 25. Actor-singer Carlos Pena (“Big Time Rush”) is 25. Actress Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”) is 24. DJ Smoove da General of Cali Swag District is 24.

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