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(Following Advance for Use Thursday, March 29)

Source : AP
Last Updated: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 15:30 hrs

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! ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY !

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On March 29th, 1951, the Academy Award for best picture went to the 1950 film "All About Eve."

In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the last time. Johnny Carson began his stint as host in October.

In 1973, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show made it onto the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine, as sung about in the band's hit song "The Cover of Rolling Stone."

In 1976, the Oscar for best picture went to "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." Jack Nicholson's role in the film won him the best actor award, while Louise Fletcher picked up the Oscar for best actress.

In 1977, "Rocky" won the Academy Award for best picture. "Evergreen," the love theme from "A Star Is Born," won the best original song award.

In 1978, "Annie Hall" won the Oscar for best picture plus the best actress award for Diane Keaton. "You Light Up My Life" won the original song award.

In 1979, Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd, the ex-wife of his friend, George Harrison. They separated in 1986.

In 1980, part-time songwriter Ronald Selle sued the Bee Gees for copyright infringement on the hit song "How Deep Is Your Love." Selle claimed the Bee Gees plagiarized a song called "Let It End." He lost on appeal.

In 1989, "Rain Man" won four Academy Awards, including best picture and the best actor award for Dustin Hoffman.

In 1993, the Supreme Court announced it would use a case involving 2 Live Crew to decide whether copyright holders can ban song parodies. The rappers later won their dispute with Acuff-Rose music over their takeoff of Roy Orbison's "Oh Pretty Woman."

In 2000, 'N Sync's album "No Strings Attached" sold 2.4 million copies its first week out. It set an all-time record for first-week sales.

In 2010, Ricky Martin announced on Twitter he is gay.

Today's Birthdays: Host John McLaughlin ("The McLaughlin Group") is 85. Comedian Eric Idle is 69. Composer Vangelis ("Chariots of Fire") is 69. Singer Bobby Kimball of Toto is 65. Actor Brendan Gleeson ("Harry Potter") is 57. Actor Christopher Lambert ("Highlander") is 55. Singer Perry Farrell of Porno for Pyros and Jane's Addiction is 53. Comedian Amy Sedaris is 51. Model Elle Macpherson is 49. Singer-harmonica player John Popper of Blues Traveler is 45. Actress Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") is 44. Country singer Regina Leigh of Regina Regina is 44. Country singer Brady Seals is 43.

(Above for release Thursday, March 29th)

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