Today in Entertainment History, October 4, 2012

      According to the AP, these events happened on October 4:

      • In 1931, the comic strip "Dick Tracy," created by Chester Gould, made its debut.{}
      • In 1957, "Leave It To Beaver" made its debut on CBS. After a year, the show switched to ABC and ran until 1963.{}
      • In 1961, Bob Dylan made his concert hall debut in New York. About 50 people attended, mostly his friends, and he earned $20.{}
      • In 1970, singer Janis Joplin was found dead of a heroin overdose at a hotel in Hollywood. She was 27. She had just finished recording the album "Pearl."{}
      • In 1980, singer Carly Simon collapsed due to exhaustion on stage in Pittsburgh. She ended up canceling her tour.{}
      • In 1989, comedian Graham Chapman of Monty Python's Flying Circus died. He was 48.{}
      • In 1990, "Beverly Hills 90210" premiered on Fox.{}
      • In 1992, singer Sinead O'Connor ripped up a picture of the pope during an after-midnight appearance on "Saturday Night Live." NBC's switchboard in New York was flooded with calls, most of them criticizing O'Connor's actions.{}

      Today's Birthdays:

      • Country singer Leroy Van Dyke is 83.{}
      • Actor Eddie Applegate ("The Patty Duke Show") is 77.{}
      • Author Jackie Collins is 75.{}
      • Author Anne Rice is 71.{}
      • Actress Lori Saunders ("Petticoat Junction") is 71.
      • Actor Clifton Davis ("Amen") is 67.{}
      • Actress Susan Sarandon is 66.{}
      • Actor Armand Assante is 63.{}
      • Actor Alan Rosenberg is 62.{}
      • Actor Bill Fagerbakke ("Coach," ''Spongebob Squarepants") is 55.{}
      • Rap producer Russell Simmons is 55.{}
      • Keyboardist Chris Lowe of The Pet Shop Boys is 53.{}
      • Keyboardist Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard of Sawyer Brown is 52.{}
      • Singer Jon Secada is 51.{}
      • Actor Liev Schreiber ("The Manchurian Candidate," ''Scream 2") is 45.{}
      • Actor Abraham Benrubi ("Men In Trees," ''ER") is 43.{}
      • Country singer-guitarist Heidi Newfield (Trick Pony) is 42.{}
      • Actress Alicia Silverstone is 36.{}
      • Singer-guitarist Marc Roberge of O.A.R. is 34.{}
      • Actress Rachel Leigh Cook ("Josie and the Pussycats," ''She's All That") is 33.{}
      • Singer Jessica Benson of 3LW is 25.{}
      • Actor Michael Charles Roman is 25.