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On August 16th, 1956, actor Bela Lugosi died at the age of 73. He's best known for playing Dracula in the movies.

In 1974, The Ramones played their first gig in New York.

In 1975, Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel announced to the British press that he was leaving the band. He had actually made the decision months earlier, but decided to wait until the band had completed its tour obligations.

In 1977, Elvis Presley was found dead at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. Doctors first said he died of congestive heart failure, but an investigation revealed drugs may have been a factor.

In 1983, singer Paul Simon and actress Carrie Fisher got married. They divorced in 1985.

In 1985, Madonna and actor Sean Penn got married in Malibu, California, as helicopters with photographers hovered overhead. It was Madonna's 27th birthday. She filed for divorce in early 1989.

In 1986, MTV began airing the video for "Walk This Way" by Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith.

In 1989, actress Amanda Blake, best known as Miss Kitty on "Gunsmoke," died of cancer in Sacramento, California.

In 2005, Madonna was seriously injured while riding a horse at her estate in England. She broke her hand and collarbone and cracked three ribs.

Today's Birthdays: Sportscaster Frank Gifford is 82. Singer Eydie Gorme (gor-MAY') is 81. Actress Julie Newmar is 79. Actor Gary Clarke ("Hondo," ''The Virginian") is 79. Actress Anita Gillette is 76. Actress Carole Shelley is 73. Country singer Billy Joe Shaver is 73. Actor Bob Balaban ("A Mighty Wind," ''Best In Show") is 67. Actress Lesley Ann Warren is 66. Bassist Joey Spampinato (NRBQ) is 62. Actor Reginald VelJohnson ("Family Matters") is 60. TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford is 59. R-and-B singer J.T. Taylor is 59. Director James Cameron ("Titanic," ''The Terminator") is 58. Guitarist Tim Farriss of INXS (in-ex-ES') is 55. Actress Laura Innes ("ER") is 55. Actress Angela Bassett is 54. Singer Madonna is 54. Actor Timothy Hutton is 52. Actor Steve Carell (kuh-REHL') is 50. Country singer Emily Robison of The Dixie Chicks is 40. Actor George Stults ("Seventh Heaven") is 37. Singer Vanessa Carlton is 32. Actor Cam Gigandet ("Twilight") is 30. Actor Shawn Pyfrom ("Desperate Housewives") is 26. Singer Greyson Chance is 15.

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