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On Feb. 25, 1950, the variety series "Your Show of Shows" made its debut on NBC.
In 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded "That'll Be The Day," their first and only number one hit.
In 1963, Vee Jay Records released the first Beatles record in the U.S., "Please Please Me" backed with "Ask Me Why." At the time, the single went unnoticed by the record-buying public.
In 1973, the Stephen Sondheim musical "A Little Night Music" opened on Broadway.
In 1981, singer Christopher Cross was the big winner at the Grammy Awards, picking up an award for best album for his self-titled debut album. His hit "Sailing" was named best song and best record.
In 1983, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams was found dead in his New York hotel suite. He was 71.
In 1992, Natalie Cole won seven Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for "Unforgettable." Bonnie Raitt and R.E.M. each won three.
In 1993, Marshall Tucker Band founder Toy Caldwell was found dead at his home in South Carolina. He was 45. A coroner later ruled that Caldwell's death was cocaine-related.
Also in 1993, actor Dick Van Dyke got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the star's unveiling, Van Dyke was shocked to see that his last name had been engraved as one word instead of two.
In 1995, singer Lyle Lovett broke his collarbone in a motorcycle accident while practicing for a segment for "Moto World" on ESPN.
In 1996, actor Dr. Haing Ngor (hang nohr) was shot to death outside his home in Los Angeles. He was 45. Ngor won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in "The Killing Fields" and was a real-life survivor of the Khmer (kuh-MAYR') Rouge death camps.
In 1998, Bob Dylan won his first Best Album Grammy for "Time Out of Mind," his 42nd album. His performance was interrupted by a dancing man with "Soy Bomb" written on his chest. At that same ceremony, singer Shawn Colvin's acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper ODB, who upstaged her with a rant about his clothes.
In 2004, "The Passion of the Christ" opened nationwide.
In 2007, Martin Scorsese won his first Oscar, for directing "The Departed."
Today's Birthdays: Country singer Ralph Stanley is 86. CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 76. Actress Diane Baker is 75. Actress Karen Grassle ("Little House on the Prairie") is 71. Singer-guitarist Mike Peters of The Alarm is 54. Actress Veronica Webb is 48. Actor Alexis Denisof ("Angel," ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is 47. Actress Tea Leoni (TAY'-ah lee-OH'-nee) is 47. Comedian Carrot Top is 46. Actress Lesley Boone ("Ed") is 45. Actor Sean Astin is 42. Singer Daniel Powter is 42. Singer Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees is 40. Comedian Chelsea Handler is 38. Actress Rashida Jones ("The Office," ''Parks and Recreation") is 37. Actor Justin Berfield ("Malcolm in the Middle") is 27. Actors James and Oliver Phelps ("Harry Potter") are 27. Bassist Erik Haager of Carolina Liar is 26.
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