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On April 12, 1954, Bill Haley and His Comets recorded "Rock Around The Clock" for Decca Records. It's considered the first rock and roll song to top the charts.

In 1966, Jan Berry of the duo Jan and Dean crashed his Corvette into a parked truck in Los Angeles. He suffered extensive brain damage and paralysis and needed several years of rehabilitation.

In 1979, Mickey Thomas became the lead singer of Jefferson Starship.

In 1989, Herbert Mills of The Mills Brothers died in Las Vegas at age 77. The group was probably best known for the song "Paper Doll."

In 1992, the Euro Disneyland theme park opened in France.

In 1993, actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') filed for divorce from singer Lenny Kravitz.

In 1997, The Fugees played the first of two homecoming concerts in Haiti to raise money for Haitian refugees. The concerts ended up costing more money than they raised.

Today's Birthdays: Musician Herbie Hancock is 74. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 70. Actor Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family," ''Married...With Children") is 68. Actor Dan Lauria ("The Wonder Years") is 67. Talk show host David Letterman is 67. Singer-actor David Cassidy is 64. Singer J.D. Nicholas of The Commodores is 62. Singer Pat Travers is 60. Actor Andy Garcia is 58. Actress Suzzanne Douglas ("The Parent 'Hood") is 57. Country singer Vince Gill is 57. Guitarist Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnymen is 56. Singer Art Alexakis (al-ex-AH'-kis) of Everclear is 52. Singer Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls is 50. Singer Nicholas Hexum of 311 (three-eleven) is 44. Actor Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is 43. Actress Shannen Doherty is 43. Actress Sarah Jane Morris ("NCIS") is 37. Bassist Guy Berryman of Coldplay is 36. Actress Claire Danes is 35. Actress Jennifer Morrison ("Once Upon A Time," ''House") is 35. Singer-guitarist Brendon Urie (YER'-ee) of Panic At The Disco is 27.

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