Today in Entertainment History, February 14, 2013

According to the AP, on February 14th:

  • In 1972, "Grease" opened off-Broadway. Original cast members included Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The show moved to Broadway later in the year. It closed in 1980. {}{}
  • Also in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a week as co-hosts of the Mike Douglas television talk show. {}{}
  • In 1973, David Bowie collapsed from exhaustion at the end of an elaborate Valentine's Day show at Radio City Music Hall. {}{}
  • In 1977, singer-songwriter Janis Ian received nearly 500 Valentine's Day cards from fans. She sang about never getting Valentine's Day cards as a teenager in her ballad, "At Seventeen." {}{}
  • Also in 1977, The B-52's played their first concert at a party in Athens, Georgia. {}{}
  • In 1980, CBS announced that Dan Rather would succeed Walter Cronkite as anchorman and managing editor on "The CBS Evening News" the following year. {}{}
  • In 1984, Elton John married studio engineer Renate Blauel. The marriage lasted four years. {}{}
  • In 1992, Weezer had their first practice as a band, in Los Angeles. They played their first show a few weeks later. {}{}
  • In 1996, the Artist Formerly Known As Prince married dancer Mayte in Minneapolis. {}{}
  • In 1999, singer Buddy Knox died after a brief battle with cancer in Bremerton, Washington. He was 65. He's probably best known for the 1957 hit "Party Doll." {} {}{}
Today's Birthdays:{}
  • TV personality Hugh Downs ("20/20") is 92.{}
  • Actress Florence Henderson is 79.{}
  • Country singer Razzy Bailey is 74.{}
  • Jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker is 70.{}
  • TV personality Pat O'Brien ("The Insider," ''Access Hollywood") is 65.{}
  • Magician Teller of Penn and Teller is 65.{}
  • Actor Ken Wahl ("Wiseguy") is 56.{}
  • Actress Meg Tilly is 53.{}
  • Singer Dwayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Tone! is 52.{}
  • Actor Enrico Colantoni ("Just Shoot Me") is 50.{}
  • Actor Valente Rodriguez ("George Lopez") is 49.
  • Bassist Ricky Wolking of The Nixons is 47.{}
  • Bassist Kevin Baldes of Lit is 41.{}
  • Singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty is 41.{}
  • Actor Freddie Highmore ("August Rush," ''Finding Neverland") is 21.{}