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! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY !

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On March fifth, 1955, Elvis Presley made his TV debut on the regional show "The Louisiana Hayride."

In 1960, Elvis Presley was discharged from the Army.

In 1963, country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed when their small plane crashed near Camden, Tennessee. They were returning to Nashville following a benefit concert.

In 1971, Badfinger began its first American tour, in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1975, singer Rod Stewart met actress Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles. Their romance became much publicized.

In 1979, MCA Records dissolved the ABC record label. Hundreds of staffers were fired.

In 1982, comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose in Hollywood. He was 33.

In 1993, Paul McCartney kicked off a world tour in Perth, Australia, in support of his album "Off The Ground."

In 2002, "The Osbournes" premiered on MTV.

In 2004, Martha Stewart was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to government investigators involving her ImClone stock. She was sentenced to five months in a minimum-security prison.

Today's Birthdays: Actor James Noble ("Benson") is 92. Actor Paul Sand is 82. Actor James B. Sikking ("Hill Street Blues," ''Doogie Howser, M.D.") is 80. Actor Dean Stockwell is 78. Actor Fred Williamson is 76. Actor Michael Warren ("Soul Food," ''Hill Street Blues") is 68. Actor-singer Eddie Hodges is 67. Singer Eddy Grant is 66. Keyboardist Alan Clark of Dire Straits is 62. Actress-comedian Marsha Warfield ("Night Court") is 60. Comedian-magician Penn Jillette is 59. Singers Craig and Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers are 52. Guitarist John Frusciante (froo-SHAN'-tee) (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 44. Singer Rome is 44. Actor Kevin Connolly ("Entourage") is 40. Actress Eva Mendes is 39. Model Niki Taylor is 39. Actress Kimberly McCullough ("General Hospital") is 36. Actor Sterling Knight ("Sonny With A Chance") is 25. Actor Jake Lloyd ("Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace") is 25.

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