Today in Entertainment History, March12, 2013

      According to the AP, on March 12th:

      • In 1955, saxophone player Charlie "Bird" Parker died in New York of heart failure. He was 34. He's known as the inventor of bebop. {}{}
      • In 1958, singer Billie Holiday was given a year's probation on a narcotics possession charge. She died the next year of alcohol and drug abuse. {}{}
      • In 1969, Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman were married in a civil ceremony in London. {}{}
      • Also in 1969, "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel was named Song and Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards, beating out "Hey Jude" by The Beatles. {}{}
      • In 1974, John Lennon got into a fight with a photographer outside a club in Los Angeles. Lennon and Harry Nilsson had been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and had been thrown out of the club. {}{}
      • In 1998, Cathay Pacific airline banned Liam Gallagher of Oasis from its flights after he threatened to stab a pilot. {} {}{}
      Today's birthdays:
      • Actress Barbara Feldon ("Get Smart") is 80.{}
      • Singer Al Jarreau is 73.{}
      • Singer-actress Liza Minnelli is 67.{}
      • Singer James Taylor is 65.{}
      • Keyboardist Bill Payne of Little Feat is 64.{}
      • Actor Jon Provost ("Lassie") is 63.{}
      • Bassist Steve Harris of Iron Maiden is 57.{}
      • Singer Marlon Jackson of The Jacksons is 56.{}
      • Actor Jerry Levine is 56.{}
      • Actor Courtney B. Vance is 53.{}
      • Actor Titus Welliver ("Deadwood," ''Brooklyn South") is 52.{}
      • Actress Julia Campbell is 50.{}
      • Guitarist Graham Coxon of Blur is 44.{}
      • Actor Samm Levine ("Freaks and Geeks") is 31.{}
      • Actress Kendall Applegate ("Desperate Housewives") is 14.