In 1969, Genesis played their first paid gig in Surrey, England at the home of Peter Gabriel’s Sunday school teacher.

Eric Clapton’s rendition of Bob Marley’s ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ hit number one on the Billboard singles chart in 1974.

The first episode of ‘Mork and Mindy’, starring the late Robin Williams, premiered in 1978.

Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the first ever MTV Video Music Awards in 1984.

In 1999, the acoustic guitar John Lennon was playing the day he met Paul McCartney went to auction in London – an unidentified New Yorker paid £150,000 ($224,000).

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Gwen Stefani tied the knot with British rocker Gavin Rossdale in 2002. They announced their divorce just last month.

It was announced in 2005 that Renee Zellweger’s marriage to country singer Kenny Chesney was over after just four months – she cited “fraud” as the reason for the annulment.

And in 2009, actor Patrick Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer – the Dirty Dancing star was 57.

Today’s Birthdays:

Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead and Love Actually is 42 (1973)

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TV actress Faith Ford is 51 (1964)

Actor Sam Neill is 68 (1947)

 

 

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