Today in Entertainment History, October 1, 2012

According to the AP, these events happened on October 1:

  • In 1962, Johnny Carson took over as regular host of NBC's "Tonight" show, succeeding Jack Paar. He retired in 1992 after a 29-year reign on late-night television.{}
  • In 1967, Pink Floyd arrived in the U.S. for their first American tour, a month after their debut album, "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn," was released.{}
  • In 1968, the cult horror movie "Night of the Living Dead" had its world premiere in Pittsburgh, where it was filmed.{}
  • In 1970, singer Curtis Mayfield left The Impressions to go solo.{}
  • Also in 1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried in his hometown of Seattle, Washington.{}
  • In 1975, an intruder shot and killed Al Jackson, drummer for Booker T. and the MG's, at his home in Memphis. The group was planning a reunion at the time of Jackson's death.{}
  • In 1977, Elton John became the first rock star to be honored in New York City's Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame.{}
  • Also in 1998, the president of the Philippines banned actress Claire Danes from entering the country. Filipinos were angry that in an interview, Danes had called Manila smelly, weird and full of rats.{}
  • In 2003, actress Halle Berry and musician Eric Benet (beh-NAY') announced they were separating. They had been married less than three years.{}
  • In 2011, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons married actress Shannon Tweed in Beverly Hills, California. They had dated for 28 years.{}

Today's Birthdays include:

  • Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 77.
  • Actress Stella Stevens is 74.{}
  • Saxophonist Jerry Martini of Sly and the Family Stone is 69.
  • Actor Stephen Collins ("Seventh Heaven") is 65.{}
  • Actor Randy Quaid is 62.{}
  • Singer Howard Hewett is 57.{}
  • Drummer Tim O'Reagan of The Jayhawks is 54.{}
  • Singer Youssou N'Dour is 53.{}
  • Actor Esai Morales ("NYPD Blue") is 50.{}
  • Actor Christopher Titus ("Titus") is 48.{}
  • Model-actress Cindy Margolis is 47.{}
  • Singer-guitarist Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra is 44.{}
  • Actor Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover") is 43.{}
  • Singer Keith Duffy is 38.{}
  • Actress Jurnee Smollett is 26.{}
  • Actress Sarah Drew ("Grey's Anatomy" ''Everwood") is 32.{}
  • Actress Brie Larson ("United States of Tara") is 23.