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On This Day August 9

In 1958, 17-year-old Cliff Richard signed his first record deal with Columbia (EMI) Records in Britain.

Whitney Houston was born in 1963. She tragically passed away after drowning in her hotel room bathtub in 2012. Her daughter Bobbi Kristina died in similar circumstances last year.

Devoted followers of Charles Manson carried out the Tate murders in 1969.

In 1971 Elton John recorded Tiny Dancer.

And Queen played their final show with Freddie Mercury, for 120,000 people at Knebworth, in 1986.

Birthdays

Anna Kendrick turns 31 (1985)

Gillian Anderson and Eric Bana turn 47 (1968).

Melanie Griffith is 59 (1957)

Tennis ace Rod Laver is 78 (1938)

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