Today in Entertainment History, February 22, 2013


According to the AP, on February 22nd:
  • In 1934, the comedy "It Happened One Night," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, opened in New York. {}{}
  • In 1964, The Beatles arrived in London following their first visit to the U.S. {}{}
  • In 1976, original Supremes member Florence Ballard died in Detroit of coronary thrombosis at age 32. Ballard and her children were living on welfare at the time of her death. {}{}
  • In 1978, The Police starred in a TV commercial for Wrigley's chewing gum. The ad was made a few months before the band's single "Roxanne" was released in the UK. {}{}
  • In 1989, the first heavy metal Grammy was given out. Jethro Tull won. {}{}
  • In 1990, a jury in Los Angeles rejected a claim that Stevie Wonder's hit "I Just Called To Say I Love You" was stolen from another songwriter. {}{}
  • In 1993, CBS announced that the network had purchased the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York for David Letterman's new TV show. At that point, Letterman was rumored to be moving his program to Los Angeles. {}{}
  • In 1997, Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal announced they were ending their 15-year relationship. {}{}
  • In 2001, Steely Dan won their first Grammys ever, including album of the year for "Two Against Nature." They beat out Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP," which had generated controversy over its lyrics. {}{}
  • In 2004, Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin was arrested in Toledo, Ohio, for allegedly throwing a bottle into an audience and spitting on them while publicly drunk. {}{}
  • In 2005, Blink-182 announced they were going on hiatus. It turned out to be their breakup. They have since reunited. {}{}
  • In 2007, Britney Spears checked into rehab for the third time in a week. {} {}{}
Today's Birthdays:{}
  • Announcer Don Pardo is 95.{}
  • Actor Paul Dooley is 85.{}
  • Director Jonathan Demme is 69.{}
  • Actor John Ashton is 65.{}
  • Actress Julie Walters ("Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," ''Billy Elliot") is 63.{}
  • Actress Ellen Greene ("Pushing Daisies") is 62.{}
  • Actor Kyle MacLachlan is 54.{}
  • Comedian Rachel Dratch ("30 Rock," ''Saturday Night Live") is 47.{}
  • Actor Paul Lieberstein ("The Office") is 46.{}
  • Actress Jeri Ryan ("Boston Public," ''Star Trek: Voyager") is 45.{}
  • Actor Thomas Jane ("The Sweetest Thing") is 44.{}
  • Actress Lea Solanga is 42.{}
  • Actor Jose Solano ("Baywatch") is 42.{}
  • Drummer Scott Phillips of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 40.
  • {}Actress Drew Barrymore is 38.{}
  • Singer James Blunt is 36.{}
  • Singer Tom Higgenson of Plain White T's is 34.{}
  • Actor Zach Roerig ("The Vampire Diaries") is 28.{}
  • Actor Daniel E. Smith ("John Q.") is 23. {}