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! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY !
On August 26th, 1946, Norma Jean Baker was signed to a contract with 20th Century Fox, which changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.
In 1968, The Beatles released "Hey Jude" as a single.
In 1970, Jimi Hendrix played what proved to be his last concert, at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival off the English coast. Three weeks later, Hendrix died in London.
In 1978, fans caused massive traffic tie-ups on roads leading to the Canada Jam rock festival. Headliners like The Commodores, Dave Mason and Triumph had to be brought in by helicopter.
In 1980, bassist Tom Petersson left Cheap Trick to form his own band. He rejoined Cheap Trick in 1988.
In 1983, "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" starring David Bowie, opened in the U.S.
In 1987, Sonny Bono announced he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, Calif.
In 1991, Roseanne and Tom Arnold filed a lawsuit against the National Enquirer because of a story that said they trashed a mansion they rented. The homeowner had sued, claiming they caused $200,000 in damage.
Also in 1991, Randy Newman won an Emmy award for writing music for the TV show "Cop Rock."
In 1996, "Airwolf" star Jan-Michael Vincent was in a traffic accident in southern California that left him temporarily paralyzed.
Today's Birthdays: Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 67. Singer Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills is 64. Bandleader Branford Marsalis is 53. Guitarist Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio is 52. Actor Chris Burke ("Life Goes On") is 48. Singer Shirley Manson of Garbage is 47. Guitarist Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows is 47. Drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt is 44. Actress Melissa McCarthy ("Mike and Molly," ''Gilmore Girls") is 43. Singer Tyler Connolly of Theory Of A Deadman is 38. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 33. Singer Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line is 28. Singer-actress Cassie is 27. Actress Keke Palmer ("Akeelah and the Bee") is 20.
(Above for release Monday, August 26th)
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