Today in Entertainment History, September 14, 2012

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According to the Associated Press, these events happened on September 14:
  • In 1955, Little Richard recorded "Tutti Frutti."{}
  • In 1967, "Ironside," starring Raymond Burr, premiered on NBC.{}
  • In 1968, Pete Townshend of The Who announced his plans to write a rock opera called "Tommy" about a "deaf, dumb and blind boy."{}
  • In 1972, "The Waltons" TV series debuted on CBS.{}
  • In 1978, the TV sitcom "Mork and Mindy," starring Pam Dawber and Robin Williams, premiered on ABC.{}
  • In 1984, the first MTV Video Music Awards were held in New York. Herbie Hancock was the big winner, winning five awards for his "Rockit" video. However, Madonna stole the show with her performance of "Like A Virgin" in which she rolled around on the stage in a wedding dress.{}
  • In 1985, "The Golden Girls" sitcom debuted on NBC.{}
  • In 1988,"Unsolved Mysteries," hosted by Robert Stack, premiered on NBC.{}
  • In 1989, Sting made his stage debut in "The Three Penny Opera" in Washington. He was pummeled by critics, including one who wrote "prepare to be stung."{}
  • In 1991, comedian Jay Leno was slightly injured when his motorcycle was hit by another biker.{}
  • In 1996, the first Ozzfest tour began in Columbia, Maryland.{}
  • In 2002, singer Gwen Stefani of No Doubt married singer Gavin Rossdale of Bush inLondon.{}
Today's Birthdays:
  • Actress Zoe Caldwell is 79.{}
  • Actor Walter Koenig ("Star Trek") is 76.
  • Singer-actress Joey Heatherton is 68.{}
  • Actor Sam Neill is 65.{}
  • Singer John "Bowzer" Baumann of Sha Na Na is 65.{}
  • Guitarist Ed King (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd) is 63.{}
  • Saxophonist Steve Berlin of Los Lobos is 57.{}
  • Country singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is 56.
  • Actress Mary Crosby is 53.{}
  • Singer Morten Harket of A-ha is 53.{}
  • Country singer John Berry is 53.
  • Actress Melissa Leo is 52.{}
  • Actress Faith Ford ("Faith and Hope," ''Murphy Brown") is 48.{}
  • Actress Michelle Stafford ("The Young and the Restless") is 47.{}
  • Actor Dan Cortese is 45.
  • Actor-director Tyler Perry ("Madea's Family Reunion") is 43.{}
  • Singer Mark Hall of Casting Crownsis 43.{}
  • Actor Ben Garant ("Reno 911!") is 42. Bassist Craig Montoya (Everclear) is 42.{}
  • Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley ("According to Jim") is 41.{}
  • Rapper Nas is 39.{}
  • Actor Austin Basis ("Life Unexpected") is 36.{}
  • Actor Adam Lamberg ("Lizzie McGuire") is 28.{}
  • Actor-singer LoganHenderson ("Big Time Rush") is 23.