Today in Entertainment History, January 16, 2013

According to the AP on January 16th:

  • In 1942, actress Carole Lombard, her mother and about 20 other people were killed when their plane crashed near Las Vegas. They were returning from a war-bond promotion tour. {}{}
  • In 1957, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, opened. It became famous as the place where The Beatles were a house band. {}{}
  • In 1964, the musical "Hello, Dolly!" starring Carol Channing, opened on Broadway. {}{}
  • In 1970, The Who began a tour of European opera houses, performing excerpts from the rock opera "Tommy." {}{}
  • In 1973, the last episode of "Bonanza" aired on NBC. {}{}
  • In 1976, the live album "Frampton Comes Alive!" was released. {}{}
  • In 1980, Paul McCartney was jailed in Tokyo after customs agents found marijuana in his luggage. Exactly four years later, he was arrested for marijuana possession in Barbados. {}{}
  • In 1990, actors Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers released a statement that said they were ending their three-year marriage. {}{}
  • In 1991, The Byrds and Wilson Pickett were among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. {}{}
  • In 1996, Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither one was hurt. {}{}
  • Also in 1996, Wayne Newton performed his 25,000th Las Vegas show. Newton has performed more shows as a headliner in Las Vegas than any other entertainer. {} {}{}
Today's birthdays:{}
  • Opera singer Marilyn Horne is 79.{}
  • Singer Barbara Lynn is 71.{}
  • Country singer Ronnie Milsap is 70.{}
  • Country singer Jim Stafford is 69.{}
  • Director John Carpenter is 65.{}
  • Actress-dancer Debbie Allen is 63. Singer Sade is 54.{}
  • Bassist Paul Webb of Talk Talk is 51.{}
  • Singer Maxine Jones of En Vogue is 47.{}
  • Actor David Chokachi ("Baywatch") is 45.{}
  • Actor Richard T. Jones ("Judging Amy") is 41.{}
  • Supermodel Kate Moss is 39.{}
  • Guitarist Nick Valensi of The Strokes is 32.{}
  • Actress Yvonne Zima is 24.