! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY !
On March 22, 1952, Grand Ole Opry star Uncle Dave Mason died in Tennessee.
In 1956, Carl Perkins was injured in a car accident near Wilmington, Delaware. He was on his way to New York to perform on the "Ed Sullivan Show," but was forced to spend several months in the hospital. By the time he recovered, Elvis Presley had covered Perkins' hit, "Blue Suede Shoes," and Perkins' career was never the same.
In 1958, Elizabeth Taylor's husband, producer Mike Todd, died in a plane crash in New Mexico.
Also in 1958, an 8-year-old Hank Williams Jr. made his stage debut in Swainsboro, Georgia.
In 1969, newlyweds John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their first "Bed-In for Peace" in Amsterdam.
In 1986, singer Mark Dinning died of a heart attack at the age of 52. He's probably best known for the 1959 hit "Teen Angel."
In 1990, Gloria Estefan underwent surgery in New York, two days after her back was broken in a bus accident.
In 1994, singer-bassist-producer Dan Hartman died of a brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. He was 43.
In 1996, former Turtles drummer Don Murray died in Santa Monica, California, of complications from an undisclosed surgery. He was 50.
In 1997, Marilyn Manson fell onstage during a performance in Honolulu and cut an artery in his hand. He was forced to stop the show.
In 1999, the body of actor David Strickland of the TV show "Suddenly Susan" was found hanging in a Las Vegas hotel room. He was 28.
Today's Birthdays: Composer Stephen Sondheim is 84. Actor William Shatner is 83. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 79. Singer Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy is 73. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 71. News anchor Wolf Blitzer is 66. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 66. Actress Fanny Ardant is 65. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 62. Country singer James House is 59. Actress Lena Olin is 59. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 57. Actor Matthew Modine is 55. Actress Anne Dudek ("Mad Men") is 39. Actress Kellie Williams ("Family Matters") is 38. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 38. Drummer John Otto of Limp Bizkit is 37. Rapper Mims is 33. Guitarist Lincoln Parish of Cage The Elephant is 24.
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