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! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY !

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On April 14th, 1939, the movie "Wuthering Heights," starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premiered in New York.

In 1958, "Catch A Falling Star" by Perry Como became the first single certified as gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In 1962, Bob Dylan recorded seven songs, including "Blowin' In The Wind," at Columbia Records studios in New York.

In 1969, "Oliver!" was named best picture at the Academy Awards.

In 1974, Pete Townshend appeared for the first time as a solo act at a concert in London, accompanied only by homemade tapes.

In 1976, Motown Records announced a $13 million contract renewal for Stevie Wonder. At the time, it was the largest contract ever negotiated.

Also in 1976, Eric Faulkner of the Bay City Rollers nearly died after swallowing Seconal and Valium at his manager's house in Scotland.

In 1980, "Kramer vs. Kramer" won the best picture and director Academy Awards, plus the best actor award for Dustin Hoffman. Meryl Streep, who also appeared in that movie, was named best supporting actress. Sally Field won the best actress award for "Norma Rae."

Also in 1980, musician Gary Numan released "The Touring Principle," a 45-minute concert video. It was the first commercially available home rock videocassette.

In 1983, Pete Farndon, formerly of The Pretenders, died of a drug overdose. He had been fired from the band the year before.

In 1995, actor-singer Burl Ives died at his home in Anacortes, Washington. He was 85.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Bradford Dillman ("Falcon Crest") is 81. Country singer Loretta Lynn is 76. Actress Julie Christie is 71. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is 66. Actor John Shea ("Lois and Clark") is 62. Actor-turned-racecar driver Brian Forster ("The Partridge Family") is 51. Actor Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond") is 51. Actor Robert Carlyle ("Angela's Ashes," ''The Full Monty") is 50. Singer-guitarist John Bell of Widespread Panic is 49. Drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees) is 44. Actor Anthony Michael Hall is 43. Actor Adrien Brody is 38. Singer David Miller of Il Divo is 38. Rapper Da Brat is 37. Actor Antwon Tanner ("One Tree Hill") is 36. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is 34. Actress Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") is 15.

(Above for release Thursday, April 14th)

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