Today in Entertainment History

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On March 9, 1969, the Smothers Brothers' TV show was canceled by CBS following a controversy over remarks made by Joan Baez. The brothers had refused to censor comments about her husband, who was going to jail for objecting to the draft.

In 1974, Bad Company performed its first concert in England. The band was made up of former members of Free, King Crimson and Mott the Hoople.

Also in 1974, the Grand Ole Opry put on its last Saturday night show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

In 1976, Who drummer Keith Moon collapsed on stage during a concert in Boston. The incident briefly halted the band's tour.

In 1987, U2 released their album "The Joshua Tree."

In 1993, winners of People's Choice awards included actors Tim Allen, Candice Bergen, Kevin Costner and Whoopi Goldberg. Garth Brooks and Whitney Houston were named favorite male and female musical performers. Alabama won in the favorite musical group category.

In 1995, Scott Amedure (AM'-eh-door), a guest on "The Jenny Jones Show," was shot to death by Jonathan Schmitz, a friend who had also appeared on the show. Schmitz had been surprised three days earlier during the taping of the show about secret admirers when Amedure admitted he had a crush on Schmitz. The show never aired.

In 1996, comedian George Burns died at the age of 100.

In 1997, rapper the Notorious B.I.G. was shot to death while sitting in his car after a music industry party. He was 24.

Today's Birthdays: Singer-actress Keely Smith is 88. Singer Lloyd Price is 83. Actress Joyce Van Patten is 82. Country singer Mickey Gilley is 80. Actress Trish Van Devere is 75. Singer Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders) is 74. Rock musician Robin Trower is 71. Singer Jeffrey Osborne is 68. Country musician Jimmie Fadden (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 68. Actress Jaime Lyn Bauer is 67. Actress Linda Fiorentino is 58. Actor Tom Amandes is 57. Actor-director Lonny Price is 57. Country musician Rusty Hendrix (Confederate Railroad) is 56. Actress Juliette Binoche is 52. Rock musician Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) is 48. Rock musician Shannon Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) is 46. Rapper C-Murder (AKA C-Miller) is 45. Actor Emmanuel Lewis is 45. Actress Jean Louisa Kelly is 44. Actor Kerr Smith is 44. Actor Oscar Isaac is 37. Rapper Chingy is 36. Actor Matthew Gray Gubler is 36. Rock musician Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) is 35. Roots rock musician Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) is 33. Actress Brittany Snow is 30. Rapper Bow Wow is 29. Rapper YG is 26. Actor Luis Armand Garcia is 24. Actress Cierra Ramirez is 21.



 
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