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Today in entertainment history: Aug. 5

Today in entertainment history: Aug. 5

THIS DAY IN 1957:"American Bandstand" with host Dick Clark debuted on ABC. The first act to appear was The Chordettes, who later had a hit with the song "Lollipop." In this 1957 photo, Clark is seen surrounded by fans during a broadcast. Photo: Associated Press

1957: “American Bandstand” with host Dick Clark debuted on ABC. The first act to appear was The Chordettes, who later had a hit with the song “Lollipop.”

1962: Marilyn Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Los Angeles home. Her death was ruled a “probable suicide” caused by an overdose of sleeping pills. She was 36.

1967: Pink Floyd’s first album, “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn,” was released in the U.K.

1975: Stevie Wonder announced he had re-signed with Motown Records for $13 million. The contract wasn’t actually signed until the following April.

1984: Actor Richard Burton died at a hospital in Geneva, Switzerland. He was 58.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Loni Anderson is 70. Actress Erica Slezak (“One Life To Live”) is 69. Singer Rick Derringer is 68. Singer Samantha Sang is 62. Actress Maureen McCormick (“The Brady Bunch”) is 59. Guitarist Pat Smear (Foo Fighters) is 56. Actress Tawny Kitaen is 54. Country fiddler Mark O’Connor is 54. Actor Jonathan Silverman (“The Single Guy”) is 49. Country singer Terri Clark is 47. Cellist Eicca Toppinen of Apocalyptica is 40. Actor Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 35. Actor Brendon Ryan Barrett (“Soul Man,” ”Durango Kids”) is 29.

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