Today in Entertainment History: ‘Soul Train’ Debuted

On August 7, 1963, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello’s first film, “Beach Party”, was released.

In 1970, “Soul Train” debuted on a Chicago television station.

In 1974, actor Faye Dunaway married lead singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. They divorced five years later.

In 1986, a Los Angeles judge dismissed a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The complaint was filed by the parents of a teenager who committed suicide while…

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On August 7, 1963, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello’s first film, “Beach Party”, was released.

In 1970, “Soul Train” debuted on a Chicago television station.

In 1974, actor Faye Dunaway married lead singer Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band. They divorced five years later.

In 1986, a Los Angeles judge dismissed a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The lawsuit was brought by the parents of a teenager who committed suicide while listening to Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution”.

Also in 1986, actor Tom Selleck married Jillie Mack.

In 1991, charges of assault and property damage were filed against Axl Rose in connection with a riot at a Guns N’ Roses concert in the St. Louis area.

In 1995, rapper LL Cool J married Simone Johnson.

In 2011, singer Gavin DeGraw was attacked by a group of unknown assailants in New York. He suffered a concussion, a broken nose and black eyes.

Today’s birthdays: Comedian Garrison Keillor turns 80. Actor John Glover (“Smallville”) is 78 years old. Actor David Rasche (RAH’-shee) (“Sledge Hammer!”) is 78 years old. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 72 years old. Actor Caroline Aaron (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) is 70 years old. Actor Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”) is 67 years old. Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is 64. Actor David Duchovny (“Californication”, “The X-Files”) is 62 years old. Delane Matthews (“Dave’s World”) is 61 years old. Actor Harold Perrineau (“Lost”, “Oz”) is 59 years old. Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts is 59 years old. Country singer Raul Malo of The Mavericks is 57. Actor David Mann (“Madea” films) is 56 years old. Actor Sydney Penny (“The Thorn Birds”, “All My Children”) is 51 years old. Actor Greg Serano (seh-RAH’-no) (“Power”) is 50 years old. Actor Charlize Theron (shar-LEEZ ‘THEHR’-en) is 47 years old. Shinedown drummer Barry Kerch is 46 years old. Actor Eric Johnson (“Fifty Shades Darker”, “Smallville”) is 43 years old. Actor Liam James (TV’s “Psych”, film “The Way, Way Back”) is 26 years old.

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