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! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY !

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On August 25th, 1970, Elton John made his U.S. debut at the Troubadour Club in Los Angeles. The performance kicked off a brief tour and led to a recording contract with MCA.

In 1973, Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks suffered a broken leg in a car crash in Macon, Ga.

In 1976, Boston released their self-titled album.

In 1980, the long-running Broadway musical "42nd Steet" opened. After the performance, it was announced that director Gower Champion had died earlier in the day.

In 1984, author Truman Capote died in Los Angeles. An autopsy revealed he overdosed on valium, codeine and barbiturates.

In 1986, Paul Simon's "Graceland" album was released.

In 1987, the film "Dirty Dancing" made its world premiere in Los Angeles.

In 1994, a New York Supreme Court justice formally dissolved the marriage between Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley.

In 1999, keyboardist Rob Fisher of Naked Eyes died after a long illness. He was 39.

In 2001, singer Aaliyah (ah-LEE'-yah) and eight others died in a plane crash shortly after takeoff in the Bahamas. Aaliyah was 22.

Today's Birthdays: Game show host Monty Hall is 92. Actor Sean Connery is 83. Talk show host Regis Philbin is 82. Actor Tom Skerritt is 80. Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter is 80. Actor David Canary ("All My Children," ''Bonanza") is 75. Singer Walter Williams of The O'Jays is 71. Actor Anthony Heald ("Boston Public") is 69. Drummer Danny Smythe of The Box Tops is 65. Singer Henry Paul of BlackHawk (and Outlaws) is 64. Actor John Savage is 64. Bassist Gene Simmons of Kiss is 64. Singer Rob Halford of Judas Priest is 62. Keyboardist Geoff Downes of Asia is 61. Musician Elvis Costello is 59. Director Tim Burton is 55. Country singer-actor Billy Ray Cyrus is 52. Actress Ally Walker ("Profiler") is 52. Actress Joanne Whalley is 52. Guitarist Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard is 51. Actor Blair Underwood is 49. Actor Robert Maschio ("Scrubs") is 47. DJ Terminator X of Public Enemy is 47. Singer Jeff Tweedy of Wilco is 46. TV chef Rachael Ray is 45. Country singer Jo Dee Messina is 43. Model Claudia Schiffer is 43. Actor Eric Millegan ("Bones") is 39. Actor Kel Mitchell ("Kenan and Kel") is 35. Actress Rachel Bilson ("The O.C.") is 32. Actress Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") is 26.

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